Find out how to apply for projects and explore our frequently asked questions section
How to apply
An online application form will be made available when applications for 2022 projects open.
2022 application dates
Semester One applications open 21 February and close 31 March 2022.
Semester Two applications open 18 July and close 12 August 2022.
Is there a closing date for applications?
Applications are accepted twice a year, aligning with semesters. A new Projects List is accessible via our website at the start of each academic year and is updated for second semester. The majority of projects are assigned at the beginning of each semester. Occasionally new projects will be added to the Projects List during the year, and in some instances, applications will be accepted at other times.
What types of projects are available and with which collections?
A diverse range of projects is offered each year. These may include: cataloguing, documentation and digital access, preventative conservation, research and interpretation, public programs, exhibition development and significance assessment. Each project will have a guide that can be accessed via the Projects List. Projects are offered from a selection of the University’s 40 cultural collections including museum, archive, library and science collections.
How much time do I need to commit to a project?
Projects generally require a time commitment of one agreed on day per week over the course of the project. Projects are usually designed to be completed within a 12-week timeframe.
I am interested in more than one project – can I apply for several?
Yes, we would recommend that you apply for several projects that interest you. There is often a strong demand for project places, and by listing preferences on your application it gives us a better idea of your interests and the type of skills you wish to develop.
When would I need to be available to work on the project?
To be supported by professional collections staff and have access to the collections the majority of projects are during business hours on weekdays. Some projects, especially those that are research-based or have been developed as virtual placements, may be worked on at other times, but will still require some availability during business hours in order to attend meetings.
The project I am interested in is no longer available – what can I do?
You can apply for other similar projects on the Projects List by submitting an updated application form. In some cases, it is possible to go on a waiting list, and should a suitable project become available you will be contacted about the opportunity.
Is it possible to do a project for my internship/industry placement subject for course credit?
Yes, many students have worked on one of the projects for their internship or industry placement subjects. It is advisable to plan ahead, as demand for projects is high and the submission of an application does not guarantee a project place. We would recommend that you plan your internship at least the semester prior to when you wish to commence.
Who can apply to work on one of these projects?
Currently enrolled students from the University of Melbourne are eligible to apply. These projects provide an opportunity to enhance your student experience and the Program’s current focus is on students who have a requirement to undertake an internship subject for course credit, or those wishing to pursue a volunteer placement to complement their studies and develop professional skills and experience.
Is there any payment involved?
There is no payment involved as all the projects are voluntary. You will receive training specific to your project and ongoing mentoring and support from collections professionals. The projects represent a mutually beneficial experience. For students, the opportunity to complete a course credited internship, or to develop vocational skills and an enriched study experience with a collection is invaluable. Placements are further enhanced through invitation to participate in the Muse! Program which provides exclusive special events, training and networking opportunities. The projects also have real value to the collections by ensuring they continue to be an accessible, relevant and dynamic resource.
What is the MuSE! Program?
MuSE! (Museums, Students, Extras) is exclusively offered to participants in the Program. It fosters greater connectivity between students working on projects, broadens engagement with the UoM’s outstanding museums and collections, and encourages links with collections staff through a series of social and professional development events related to the cultural sector.
For further information contact the Program Coordinator: email@example.com, +61 3 8344 3103