You can download the museum internships booklet from UCU's website. For an impression of CHIP, visit the CHIP website.

Aims and Content

The general aim of the UCU Cultural Heritage Program is to offer students a hands-on experience of working in the cultural heritage sector, worldwide, as part of their undergraduate liberal arts and sciences curriculum. More specifically, an internship can serve as a basis for the bachelor thesis (15 EC); or it may be conducted independently of the thesis. This intensive personal and inter-disciplinary academic learning experience enables the student:

  • to understand approaches to the cultural heritage sector
  • to evaluate specific dynamics of cultural heritage in situ, in a range of institutions
  • to contribute to the professional aims of a museum or heritage institution by undertaking an internship with such an institution
  • to understand how the institution and program to which they contribute fits into broader global developments in the heritage sector
  • to gain academically-based, professional experience crucial for proceeding to master programs in the fields of art history, museum studies and cultural heritage, and to create a professional network

The UCU Cultural Heritage Program is based in the Art History/ Museum Studies track, but is unique in that it may be combined with other tracks. The program consists of two courses from the Art History/ Museum Studies track: HUMHAR22 Museum Studies and UCHUMHAR32 Heritage. These courses – and thereby CHIP - are also open to students interested in museums and heritage from across the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum. You can enter UCHUMHAR22 Museum Studies with any successfully completed 100-level HUM/ SSC/ SCI course. After completing Museum Studies, you can proceed to UCHUMHAR32 Heritage: Dynamics of Collections. Successful completion of those two courses, combined with many different tracks – in HUM, SSC, and SCI – qualifies you to undertake a supervised internship as part of the CHIP.

UCHUMHAR22 Museum Studies deals with the birth of the public museum as one of the key institutions where art works are organised and displayed according to well-defined criteria – such as school, genre, and oeuvre. The first museum age, as the nineteenth century has been called, saw the opening of many of these institutions which were designed to house and display widely ranging collections – historical, archaeological, ethnographic, and scientific – in addition to art. Museum Studies draws upon the approaches, theories and debates of a range of scholars – art historians, historians, philosophers, and anthropologists – to examine the museum as one of the key institutions of modernity. The main focus is on the historical development and broader significance of ways of displaying collections, including a number of Dutch cases.

Application and selection

The UCU Cultural Heritage Internships Program is open to junior and senior students from all departments who have completed UCHUMHAR22 and UCHUMHAR32, and the UCU breadth requirement. The best time to apply is when taking UCHUMHAR32 Heritage. Selection of students for the program is based on the following criteria: 

  • Genuine interest in cultural heritage issues
  • Academic performance
  • Interdisciplinary interest
  • Cultural interest and cross-cultural awareness
  • Maturity, responsibility  

Participation in the UCU Cultural Heritage Program is individually tailored to the student’s curriculum and interests: art history, history, anthropology, human geography, and (history of) science, combine in various ways with museum and heritage studies. To be eligible for the CHIP, you need to ensure that you schedule the preparatory courses in your curriculum, starting in your first year (see below for the scheduling of the courses concerned). To apply for the program, please contact Mary Bouquet, Tijana Zakula or Gert-Jan Vroege.

Forms

You will need to complete the internship and research thesis forms to apply: forms.

How does it work?

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Suggested scheduling

1st year   UCHUMHAR11 Intro - Fall or Spring

2nd year UCHUMHAR22 Museum Studies – Fall  (pre-req. - any 100-level HUM, SSC, SCI course)

2nd year UCHUMHAR21 Dutch 17thc Painting – Spring

2nd year option (i) UCHUMHAR32 Heritage – Spring [if the student wants to do an internship abroad as part of the research thesis (CHIP), then the summer after the 2nd year is the best time to do this]

3rd year UCHUMHAR31 Modern Art – Fall

3rd year option (ii) the well-organized student can do an internship in NL during the Fall semester, alongside their courses;

3rd year option (ii) UCHUMHAR32 Heritage: Dynamics of Collections – Spring; if the student wants to do an internship, this is still possible in the summer after the research thesis is completed.