Research & Curatorial Project Intern (Four Available)

Position Remuneration: $1000
Duration of Position: June 2015 - September 2015, one day per week, or three week winter intensive.

ANU School of Music 50th Anniversary 1965-2015

Position Description

The School of Music, through the Open School of Music Student Outreach and Engagement Program, is looking for four driven and self-directed students to each research, curate and deliver independent exhibitions within the School of Music. The projects must celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the School of Music. Interns will be working with the historical and musical collections available to them in the custody of the School of Music, and will be directed and supported by the Project Officer. Exhibitions will be displayed publicly over the course of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, and will be documented and promoted through social media, the 50th Anniversary website, and the College or Arts and Social Sciences media team. Two interns will also be assigned to work with the collections available at the National Library of Australia, and the National Sound and Film Archives, respectively. These roles include:

  • Project Officer Consultation: Interns will work with the Project Officer to determine the possibilities, materials available, and scope of each project they are developing.
  • Active Archive Research: Successful applicants will be granted access to archived and stored materials that might inform their research and curation of an exhibition. They will then compile a proposal for a potential exhibition informed by further research in a particular field.
  • Space Liaising: Interns will be encouraged to liased with Academic and Events staff to determine a space to display their exhibition.
  • Exhibition Curation: Interns will then collate their research to form a physical installation or exhibition within the assigned space at the School of Music. Credit for the project will be granted entirely to the delivering Intern.

Outcomes of Internship

This internship serves to develop the research and presentation skills of a student in a creative and interactive way, with a real-world and community-based outcome. It is hoped that refining these skills in research, communication, teamwork, proposal work, and curation will help provide experiences to the young professional wishing to pursue a career in further research, curatorial or exhibition work.

The successful applicant will also be welcomed into a community of Arts Professionals, who are keen to grow a proactive and supportive community for students and new artists, who are looking to develop skills vital to their emerging artistic careers.

At the close of the internship, the successful applicant will receive a letter of support or recommendation, upon request, to assist them in seeking further opportunities in the fields of Curatorship and Research. The Internship will be conducted under the supervision and support of both the Projects Officer at the School of Music.


To express interest in, or apply for this Internship, email: with a short cover letter in the body of the email, explaining why you are interested in the role, and a Curriculum Vitae attached to the email. The email should be titled, ‘SoM Research Internship’

Applications Close Midnight July 3rd 2015
Successful applicants will be notified on Monday July 6th 2015

Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer