(Inter)national Internship Program

The Research Center for Material Culture offers an (Inter)national Internship Program (IIP), which offers young academics and museum professionals the opportunity to pursue further research and professional training within our museums. 

Interns work closely with our research and collections team and have access to our internationally renowned collections of 640.000 objects and photos. RCMC interns participate in the ongoing projects of our research staff, which vary from collections documentation research and research for future exhibitions, to international collaborative research projects on different themes. We also welcome interns with innovative research ideas that we believe are germane to the research agenda of the museum. Currently our research interests focus on our main acquisitions profile areas, which are Design, Fashion and Popular Culture, as well as on our research profiles, which are Collections Histories, Ethics and Responsibility.

Expectations and Profile

All interns are required to support both the research and programming activities of the RCMC staff and contribute to organizing RCMC events.

Interns are expected to be able to work independently. They should:

  • Be registered as a MA student or PhD researcher throughout the internship period;
  • Have an excellent command of Dutch and/or English, both orally and in written form;
  • Be enthusiastic, independent, able to take initiative;
  • Be a team player;
  • Have an affinity with museums, art and culture.
We offer
  • A stimulating and challenging environment.
  • Supervision by one of our curators, collection managers or researchers.
  • Access to our internally renowned collection
Application and deadlines
  • Fall term runs from September–December. Application deadline: May 1
  • Winter term runs from January–April. Application deadline: October 15
  • While we encourage applicants to stick to the application deadlines, we welcome exceptional proposals throughout the year. Response times will vary depending on our activities.

We encourage applications for either three month (one term) or six month (one semester) periods. The program is open to both graduate students and PhD researchers.

Interested in an internship at the RCMC? Please send us your cover letter and cv in Dutch or English via rcmc@wereldculturen.nl. In your cover letter you need to specify your interest in the program, your area(s) of interest and the period of time you are available.