Heritage, Culture, Museums - Undergrad

Guidelines for an Internship in Cultural Resource Management

HA 491B 1.5 units

An internship in Cultural Resource Management provides you a unique opportunity to integrate theory with practice in a museum, art gallery or heritage organization. As a ‘capstone’ activity in your Program, it enables you to consider your learning in a practical context, to experience new working environments, and to build professional networks through a four-month placement in a museum, art gallery or heritage agency. The key characteristics of an internship are that it:

Please note that there is no programmatic funding for internships; while the host agency may provide a stipend or external grant funding may be arranged, you should be aware that there is no guarantee of compensation as you enter the internship planning process.

Timeline of Responsibilities

Planning – You are encouraged to begin planning for an internship after the completion of your three core courses chosen from HA 486 A, HA486B, HA 487 A and HA487B, and at least three of the special topics courses.

Internship site selection – Unless a host agency has already been identified through prior contacts or as a result of your specific interest in a particular institution, the normal process is to work with CRMP staff to explore your learning objectives, interests, and circumstances as a basis for identifying internship opportunities.

You may approach the identification of a site in a number of ways. Think first about the kind of work you want to do and the kinds of things you want to learn, keeping in mind that the larger the host organization, the more specialized the internship tasks that you are likely to experience. Then talk with CRMP staff since they may be able to recommend certain organizations based on your interests and can advise you on your selection. Alternatively, you can locate a site on your own, and propose it to CRMP. Finally, you might turn your paid employment into an internship if you are able to arrange a secondment to another area, or put your normal duties aside to focus on something new. If you are tackling a project within the context of your existing position, you should frame this as a Directed Study.

Once a prospective site for an internship has been identified, you should call your contact person there for an appointment to discuss the details of the arrangement: internship project description; hours; supervision; learning goals, etc. The CRMP office can provide you with a document entitled “Information for Internship Host Agencies” that you should share with your contact at the possible site. After you make the initial approach to a host agency, you will work collaboratively with the host agency and CRMP staff to write a proposal which will define the nature of the internship and to confirm logistical arrangements. If you have concerns about making the first contact with a potential internship site, please discuss these with CRM staff so that a strategy to explore a potential placement can be worked out.

Writing the Proposal - Once an internship placement is confirmed, you are required, in cooperation with the host, to prepare the following information as a draft internship proposal (approximately two to four pages). The proposal provides an effective planning and evaluation framework for the internship and ensures that all parties have a common understanding of their roles, responsibilities, and expectations over the four-month internship period.

The proposal should be drafted prior to the start of the internship and provides the basis for registration in your internship. The draft proposal should include:

Please note that while the draft proposal is completed as part of the registration process, you should revisit and finalize it within the first two weeks of the placement, in consultation with your host agency and CRM staff. While your draft proposal may require little revision, the review ‘on-the-job’ allows you to confirm details and ensure that your role and goals are accurately reflected.

Completing the Registration Process

In accordance with University policy, registrations for Internships should take place no later than the first month of the Fall, Spring or Summer term in which your internship begins. In addition to submitting your draft proposal, you must complete a Pro Forma Registration Form, available at Program staff can help you prepare this form, which you are required to sign. The original form with your signature must be returned to the program office before you can be registered in the Internship. Because the Pro Forma must also be signed by the Chair of History in Art and the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, it can take up to two weeks after we receive your proposal and Pro Forma to complete your registration.

Note that 3.0 units of fees are assessed upon registration. In the 2010 Winter Session, this totals $953.22 for a 3.0 unit course. If you reside in Victoria, you are also expected to pay UVSS, Athletics and Transit fees. Fees are payable to the University of Victoria in accordance with the UVic fee payment guidelines. The fees are normally due by the end of the month in which you are registered.

Evaluating Your Internship

You will be asked to complete the following items in order to be evaluated on your internship:

A final grade of INP (in progress), COM (complete), N (incomplete) or F (fail) is awarded on the basis of the above criteria.

For more information, please contact:

Cultural Resource Management Program Coordinator
Cultural Resource Management Program
Division of Continuing Studies
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC
V8W 2Y2
P 250 721-6119
F 250 721-8774

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