Repatriation Development Intern [Cape Town, South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana]

Repatriation Development Intern



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Repatriation Development Intern




Commonwealth Association of Museums


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Cape Town, South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana


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$15/hour, plus $500/m housing allowance, airfare, insurance, visa


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Hosts: Iziko Museums South Africa and the University of Botswana
The intern will:
1. Travel the project exhibition developed by the 2017-2018 intern and maintain the project website
2. Assist in planning a regional workshop for the Human Remains Management Project to be held in March 2019, by identifying speakers and participants and assisting with logistical arrangements such as venue, fund development, technical requirements, and hospitality, and writing final reports
3. Maintain communication among project partners in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Canada, and collaborators in ICOM ICME, ETHCOM, ICOM Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
4. Perform archival research into the human remains collection at Iziko, with a particular focus on individuals from Botswana
5. Work with University of Botswana staff to develop guidelines for the handling, maintenance and repatriation of human remains in the University museum collection
6. Work with local Indigenous communities to identify their concerns about what to do with repatriated human remains
7. Strengthen collegial ties between museums and related institutions across borders (Iziko, University of Botswana, Botswana Museum, Museums Association of Namibia, ICOM ICME, and ETHCOM) and help identify steps that can be taken to help enact positive changes in government policy
8. Develop a proposal to hold the CAM 2020 triennial general assembly in the region, including potential host/partner, dates, theme, funders, etc.

● University degree in a related field such as museum studies, information management, history, native studies, cultural or physical anthropology, archaeology
● Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal, and social media)
● An ability to read, assimilate, and synthesize specialist knowledge acquired through research
● Fluency in English
● Excellent organisational skills
● IT skills: Microsoft Word; Excel; email; and social media platforms
● Collections management experience preferred
● Familiarity with Southern African history, UNDRIP and UN conventions and with museum policy development would be an asset

Must not have participated in a federal government internship program previously; Canadian citizen or permanent resident with provincial health enrolment; open to unemployed and underemployed graduates (must not have graduated more than 24 months previously) under the age of 30.

Register on the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage website. Send Word file including letter of interest and resumé by email to Catherine C. Cole, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Association of Museums,; for more information call: 1-780-424-2229.