Sydney Living Museums recognises the importance of internships in enabling students to gain valuable workplace experience and develop industry-specific abilities in a chosen area.

We value the contribution that interns make to our work and are committed to providing opportunities for students to develop personally and professionally in a supportive environment.

Sydney Living Museums internships are usually project-based and allow students to gain an insight into the elements of one or more projects. Interns may work in core museum areas such as exhibition content development and interpretation, collection cataloguing, heritage and research, marketing, or event coordination. Interns may also undertake a placement in corporate services work areas such as information technology, finance or human resources.

Participation in all Sydney Living Museums internships requires that the student’s insurance be covered by their educational institution. Internships at Sydney Living Museums run for 20-30 days depending on the needs of the project and those of the student’s educational institution and assessment requirements.

For inquiries about SLM's internship program, please contact:

Alison Waterhouse
Producer – Volunteer & Internship Programs
T 02 8239 2441 or 0452 153 392

My internship was truly rewarding and provided me with a wealth of experience! I was given the opportunity to work with fantastic staff, I got access to some great resources and I was provided with continual feedback and support. I was able to meaningfully contribute to SLM and they helped me determine where I want to take my career. It was a very valuable, satisfying and memorable experience!

Victoria, Audience Research intern

General information

  • Sydney Living Museums develops internships across a range of disciplines based on current business needs and projects. These are offered twice per year to coincide with the academic semester of many educational institutions. Semester 1 internships are usually open for applications around late February each year, and Semester 2 internships are usually open around late July each year.
  • We provide a Project Outline for each new internship and the application process includes an interview for shortlisted candidates. Sydney Living Museums welcomes applications from a wide range of universities and colleges.
  • Our internships generally run for 10-12 weeks on a 2-3 days per week basis.
  • Sydney Living Museums internships are unpaid and are available to students undertaking relevant courses at Australian educational institutions. Potential applicants should note that any required accommodation and/or travel is to be funded by the student.
  • Please note that while we welcome enquiries about our internship program throughout the year, unfortunately we are not able to develop internship projects in response to individual requests or outside of our internships schedule. You are however most welcome to send us your ideas for internship projects, topics or subjects you'd like Sydney Living Museums to offer.

Internship eligibility

  • Students wishing to apply for one of our internships must meet ALL of the following criteria:
    • You must be currently enrolled in a relevant course at a recognised Australian tertiary educational institution.
    • The placement must be a required component of the student’s course or subject.
    • Your educational institution must provide endorsement for you to undertake the internship and provide insurance cover.
  • Applicants should note that preference will be given to students enrolled in educational institutions in NSW. At this time, we are not able to accept internship applications from students enrolled at institutions outside Australia.
  • The Sydney Living Museums internship program is only available to current students. Individuals are not able to provide their own insurance for internships. Post graduates and other non-students are not eligible to apply for internships but are welcome to apply for volunteer roles – please visit our volunteer page and sign-up to our Volunteer Opportunities newsletter.
  • In line with Sydney Living Museums' Covid-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition that all workers, including interns, provide a copy of proof of vaccination against Covid-19 (or valid contraindication). This isn't required in the application process but will be obtained from the successful candidate after interview.

How to apply

You can apply for internship projects which are currently advertised. To apply, see the Current Opportunities section below. Click on the project that interests you and read the Project Outline. You must then submit the following by the relevant deadline:

  • A Letter of Interest, outlining why you are interested in the internship and why you would be best suited to the project. This is the main part of your application and it should address the 'project description' and 'skills required' sections of the Project Outline.
  • Your CV including grades for completed units of study
  • A completed Student Information Form (Word.doc)
  • A 5-page folio of sample work (design projects only)

Note that if you want to apply for more than one project you must submit a separate application for each project.

Current opportunities

Applications are currently open for the following design internship, until 10am Monday 4 July. An additional internship in event management for our Sydney Open program will be published here soon.

Sign-up to our internships newsletter to be the first to know when new internships are open for applications and how to apply. Visit our e-news page, add your email and tick ‘internship opportunities’.