How do I apply and FAQs

If you would like to participate in the Museums and Collections Projects Program (MCPP) then please complete an Expression of Interest form (PDF / Doc) and email it along with a copy of your current CV to

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed and you will be contacted by the Program's Coordinator. If you require further information on the projects/Program please contact:

Helen Arnoldi
Museums and Collections Projects Coordinator

T: +61 3 8344 3103


Is there a closing date for applications?

For most of the projects, applications are accepted twice yearly (usually until the end of March and the end of August). A new Projects List goes up on our website at the start of each academic year, is updated for second semester and the majority of projects are assigned at these times. However, as new projects are occasionally added to the Projects List during the year, in some instances applications will be accepted at other times. It is recommended that you speak to the Program Coordinator for more information. If you miss out on a particular project it is possible to go on a waiting list for similar project opportunities in which case you would be contacted should a suitable project be made available.

What types of projects are available and with which collections?

Each year the MCPP offers a diverse range of projects that may include cataloguing, documentation and digital access, preventative conservation, research and interpretation, exhibition development and significance assessment. New projects are developed and listed at the start of each year and along with position guides for each project, can be accessed via the Project List on the MCPP website. Projects are offered from a selection of the 30 plus cultural collections including the museum, archive, library and science collections.

How much time do I need to commit to a project?

Projects generally require an approximate time commitment of one agreed on day per week over the course of the project. While project duration can vary they are usually designed to a 10-12 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 are of interest, as there can be strong demand for project places. By listing preferences on your application it gives us a better idea of your interests and the type of skills you are hoping to develop.

When would I need to be available to work on the project?

So that you can be supported by professional collections staff and have access to the collections, the projects are generally worked on during business hours on weekdays.

The project I am interested is in no longer available – what can I do?

You can apply for other similar projects on the list by submitting an additional Expression of Interest form. In some cases it is possible to go on a waiting list for similar projects with a collection, and should a suitable project become available you will be contacted about the opportunity.

I would like to do a cultural collections project for my internship/industry placement subject – is this possible?

Yes, many students have worked on one of the Museums and Collections projects for their internship or industry placement subjects. As the application process can take a little while and demand for projects at times exceeds supply, it is advisable to plan ahead as the submission of an Expression of Interest does not guarantee a project place. We would recommend that you plan internship subjects at least the semester prior to when you wish to commence your subject requirement.

Who can apply to work on one of these projects?

The projects in this Program are open to students, alumni and other interested parties. Due to the emphasis on the development of professional skills, they are especially relevant to students wishing to gain vocational experience in a particular area. While you may choose to undertake a placement to satisfy a course requirement (internship, industry placement or similar), it is also possible to complete a project as a volunteer to gain professional skills to complement academic studies or simply to pursue an interest.

When will I find out if my application has been successful?

Once received, your application will be reviewed and if a suitable project is available, you will be contacted by the Program's coordinator. Depending on the time of year, the time taken for this review process will vary, so please factor this in if you would like to complete a project as part of your studies.

Is there any payment involved?

There is no payment involved as all the projects in this Program are voluntary. You will receive training specific to your project and ongoing mentoring and support on your project from the collections staff and the Cultural Collections team. The projects represent a mutually beneficial experience - for students and volunteers the vocational skills developed through working closely with a collection are invaluable, as is the opportunity to network with professional people within the cultural heritage sector. Similarly, the projects have real value to the collections contributing to their long term management and ensuring they stay accessible, relevant and dynamic.