Announcing the METRO Innovative Internship Program

METRO Innovative Internship Program METRO is pleased to announce the METRO Innovative Internship Program.

Program Goal

The goal of METRO Innovative Internship Program is to recognize, reward, and encourage innovative internships for individuals in graduate-level training to enter the cultural heritage profession, fund otherwise unpaid internships, and to foster innovative work within METRO-member institutions. The program encourages students or supervisors to apply (application on project webpage). Projects currently underway and projects yet-to-begin are both welcome to apply.

Award Details

  • The METRO Innovative Internships Program will award at least 2 interns or projects per semester for the fall and spring academic semesters.
  • Recipients will receive $1500 in funding. If the host institution agrees to match the award with $500 or more, then the METRO Innovative Internships Program will pay the intern(s)/projects $1750 in addition to the institution funding.
  • Projects with multiple interns (2 maximum) are eligible but are required to meet the $500 minimum match.
  • Students applying must already be working on, or selected for, an unpaid internship project. The money will be paid directly to the intern(s), half at the midpoint and half at the end of the internship.


  • Only otherwise unpaid internships are eligible to apply.
  • Host institutions must be METRO members. If you are not sure if your institution is a METRO member, check the online member directory.
  • Current graduate students, recent grads, or individuals in career transition are eligible to apply.


  • The internship must entail at least 120 hours of work over the course of a semester to qualify for funding.
  • Intern supervisors will be expected to confirm hours worked. F
  • Funding recipients will be expected to write an 800-1500 word summary of their internship project for publication by METRO (we are open to alternate forms of final project outcomes - contact us with ideas). This piece should not duplicate any work turned in for course credit.

Defining Innovative

METRO is open-minded about defining what constitutes an innovative project within cultural heritage. Surprise us. But if you require guidance, examples of innovative projects include but are not limited to those involving:

  • Novel initiatives around public services, advocacy, and outreach
  • Digital Preservation New modes of access, exhibition, or publication of institution resources
  • Data Curation/Management
  • New technologies and approaches to collection and/or metadata management
  • Creative methods of education and community engagement
  • Researching and/or instituting new workflows, process, or policies
  • Inventive strategies for acquisition

Apply using the form at the bottom of the project webpage.