Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) Internship



COVID-19 related updates regarding the Fall Term and more can be found on the COVID-19 Information for Students.


Overview

The Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) internship is a professional development opportunity with a cultural institution, which could include museums, historic homes, cultural centres, and heritage sites. In their internships, students apply knowledge gained in courses to various areas of museum practice and engage in hands-on work with museum professionals.

Historically, the MMSt internship opportunity was only offered during the Summer Term. However, to ensure that students have the opportunity to practice their skills in a museum setting during the COVID-19 pandemic due to museum closures, scarcity of internships, the inability to travel, and more, the Fall / Winter Term internship was introduced.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Summer internship, but have the option of a Fall / Winter opportunity as well. Please note students can only go for one (not both).


Course Credit

The MMSt internship (MSL3000HY) is a 0.5 credit (CR) elective course offered in the Summer and the Fall & Winter terms to our MMSt and CDP students.

    • The internship is not required for completion of the degree.
    • Regardless of when it is offered, the internship needs to fulfill a minimum of 280 hours to a maximum of 420 hours to meet the academic requirements of the course.
    • The actual work schedule is to be determined between the student and supervisor.

Internship Duration

Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) internship opportunities by academic term.
Please note that students must complete the minimum hours prior to the end of the term.
TERM DURATION
Summer Internship May–August
Fall / Winter Internship September–April

How to Apply

    • Enrol and successfully complete MSL3900H — The Emerging Professional prior to enrolling into the internship course (MSL3000H).
    • Enrol into MSL3000HY on ACORN during the course enrolment period prior to the start of the term you intend to complete the internship.

While the Faculty provides resources to support students’ internship search, the students are responsible for securing the internship themselves. Enrolling into MSL3000HY does not guarantee an internship placement.


Pre-Requisite(s) and Eligibility Requirements

Students are required to complete MSL3900H — The Emerging Professional prior to enrolling into the internship course (MSL3000HY). Students are not eligible to take them concurrently.

Students who do not secure an internship for Year 1 (Summer Term) or Year 2 (Fall / Winter Term), are eligible to enroll in MSL3000HY in Year 2 (Summer Term).

    • Combined Degree Program (CDP) Students are eligible to secure an internship in Year 3 (Summer Term) under the same conditions below.
    • In order to do so, students must ensure that they have at least 0.5 credit (CR) room.
    • If you have completed 7.5 credits (CR), you will not be eligible in the subsequent Summer Term as you will be marked for graduation.
    • Students who choose to enrol in MSL3000HY in Summer Term will graduate in the subsequent Fall Term (in November) rather than Summer (in June).

Sample Timeline


Summer Internship

Sample timeline for a Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) completing a Year 2 summer internship.
For Combined Degree Program (CDP) students, you may complete this internship during your first or second summer term.
TERM ACTION NOTES
Year 1 (Fall Term) Enrol and complete MSL3900H In this course, students learn how to find and apply for internship.
Year 1 (Winter Term) Seek and apply for internships Additional support in preparing CV, cover letters, and planning for interviews is offered by the Careers Office.
Year 1 (Summer Term) Enrol into MSL3000HY and complete the internship by the end of the term If an internship has not been secured by the start of the course, students are encouraged to continue to search.

Students may withdraw from the course if an internship is not secured by early July.


Fall / Winter Internship

Sample timeline for a Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) completing a Fall / Winter internship.
For Combined Degree Program (CDP) students, you may complete an internship during your first or second year.
TERM ACTION NOTES
Year 1 (Fall Term) Enrol and complete MSL3900H In this course, students learn how to find and apply for internship.
Year 1 (Winter Term) — Year 1 (Summer Term) Seek and apply for internships Additional support in preparing CV, cover letters, and planning for interviews is offered by the Careers Office.
Year 2 (Fall / Winter Term) Enrol into MSL3000HY and complete the internship by the end of the Winter term If an internship has not been secured by the start of the course, students are encouraged to continue to search.

Students may withdraw from the course if an internship is not secured by February 1.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How many credits is the MSL3000HY (Museum Studies Internship) course?

The internship is a 0.5 credit (CR) elective course. For more details, please refer to the Course Credit section.

What is the duration and hourly commitment for the Master of Museum Studies internship course?

Internships may be full-time or part-time and should meet a minimum of 280 hours (equivalent of 8 weeks) and a maximum of 400 hours (equivalent of 12 weeks). The actual work schedule is to be negotiated between the student and their internship placement supervisor.

The duration and scheduling of the internship will vary, but the minimum hours must be completed between May and August for the Summer offering, and September and April for the Fall / Winter offering.

I don’t currently have an internship secured, should I still enroll in MSL3000HY?

If you are interested in pursuing an internship, we encourage you to register for the MSL3000HY course even if you are unsure as to whether you will secure an internship. Doing so will allow us to stay in touch and work with you on Quercus.

If you end up not being able to secure an internship, then you may drop / cancel the course on ACORN directly prior to the course drop deadline for the term the course is offered. Beyond that date, to drop / cancel the course, please contact Sherry Dang (Associate Registrar, Student Services & Admissions) to have the course removed from your academic records. This is a special arrangement unique to our internship course.

If I cannot secure an internship this year, can I enroll in the MSL3000HY next year?

Yes. Please see the eligiblity requirements section for more details.

I have secured an internship. What are my next steps?

Please contact the Careers Office, for support around planning the next steps. We will provide you with a Letter of Agreement form to complete together with your supervisor to formalize the internship.

I did not secure an internship. What are my next steps in dropping the course?

If you end up not being able to secure an internship, then you can drop / cancel the course on ACORN directly prior to the course drop deadline for the term the course is offered.

Beyond that date, to drop / cancel the course, please contact Sherry Dang (Associate Registrar, Student Services & Admissions) to have the course removed from your academic records. This is a special arrangement unique to our internship course.

I need to complete the Exhibition Project (MSL4000YY) in Year 2. Will this conflict with the Fall / Winter internship option?

No, as the MSL4000YY (Exhibition Project) is a required course for students in the Exhibition Pathway, and the internship counts as an elective.

However, we encourage students to review their time management in completing both courses in the same Fall / Winter term. Both are fast paced, intense project-based courses that will require a significant time and energy, and also work with external stakeholders.

I need support with the search, networking, or application phase.

In MSL3900H (The Emerging Professional), students learn how to search for internship, network with museum professionals, and prepare the components of the application. Students apply this knowledge in their search for internships. In addition, the Careers team provides support with CV, cover letter, and interview preparation. Arrange to meet with the Careers Office when you need such support.

The Careers Office can be reached by e-mail at careers.ischool@utoronto.ca.

My past / current employer has offered to host me for the internship, is this acceptable?

This is acceptable. Please contact the Careers Office, for support around planning the next steps. We will provide you with a Letter of Agreement form to complete together with your supervisor to formalize the internship.

Please contact the Careers Office by e-mail at careers.ischool@utoronto.ca for support in developing a productive work plan with your host.

Are internships paid or unpaid?

Whether an internship is paid or unpaid depends on the compensation policy of the host institution, independent of the Faculty. For unpaid internships, the Faculty is able to provide a stipend to help support students in these unpaid internships. This amount could vary depending on the funding available and the number of students securing unpaid internships. In the past 3 years, we have been able to provide a stipend amount ranging from $1200 to $1800.

The funds will be automatically transferred to you through ACORN. Please be sure to have direct deposit set up on your ACORN account.

Students who receive a small stipend / honorarium from their host organization will also be able to receive a top up from the Faculty, such that they receive a combined total of the stipend amount provided that term.

This funding is made available through the generous donation of the Campbell and Rebanks families.

Will internships be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Work-integrated-learning opportunities have indeed been and will likely continue to be affected by various local government responses to the pandemic.

In response to changes in restrictions at provincial, national, and municipal levels, the Faculty has implemented a process for approving in-person placement activities.

Please contact the Careers Office by e-mail at careers.ischool@utoronto.ca for more information.

I’ve secured an international internship opportunity, will I be able to continue?

It is important to us that our students are able to complete their internship placement as safely as possible given the changing pandemic situation everywhere. Please contact the Careers Office by e-mail at careers.ischool@utoronto.ca to ensure that your placement meets our internship and safety requirements.


Key Contacts

    • For support with academic planning & coursework, please contact Sherry Dang (Associate Registrar, Student Services & Admissions) at inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca. Questions could include:
      • How does my academic plan look if I do not secure an internship in the Summer or Fall / Winter?
      • How should I plan my courses / credits if I wish to do an internship in Year 2 (Summer Term) instead?
    • Support with processing the internship & course enrollment – Aziza Virani, aziza.virani@utoronto.ca
      • Questions could be about the paperwork required to process the approved internships and how to get you enrolled in MSL 3000H (internship agreement, WIL checklist).