Internships and Professional Training

Museums as Privileged Places of Training

Museums as Privileged Places of Training

Musées de la civilisation supports the next generation in the humanities and social sciences (including museum studies) by offering grants and awards such as the Roland-Arpin Award, and by welcoming several research fellows each year. Its Research Division also organizes every year its International Summer School program in Museum Studies in partnership with the Centre interuniversitaire d'études sur les lettres, les arts et les traditions (CELAT) of Université Laval.

A unique program in Québec and Canada, the CÉLAT/MCQ International Summer School program in Museum Studies is an intensive training course fully created, developed and managed by Musées de la civilisation (Research Division) and the CELAT of the Université Laval. The Summer School is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, as well as museum practitioners from Québec, Canada and abroad. Each year, students and professors collectively reflect on current issues in museology, tackling subjects such as heritage, culture and urbanism. Combining theory and practice, students conduct fieldwork in different collaborating cultural institutions around Quebec City. Students also enjoy mentorship throughout the program from a host of national and international guest speakers.


2017 Edition

"Digital Technology and Social Change: the Future of Heritage"


Program - 2017 Summer School (French)


2016 Edition

"Diversity, Marginality and Social Memory: Museum Experiences and Development of Communities in Brazil and Québec"

Advertisement - 2016 Summer School (French)

Program - 2016 Summer School (French)


2015 Edition

"Archaeology, Performance and Museology: The Journey of Objects from Excavation to Display"

Advertisement - 2015 Summer School (French)

Program - 2015 Summer School (French)


2014 Edition

"City and the Museum: New Territorial Challenges"

Advertisement - 2014 Summer School (French)

Poster - 2014 Summer School (French)

Program - 2014 Summer School (French)


2013 Edition

"Culture(s), Museum (s) and Society(ies)"

Advertisement - 2013 Summer School (French)

Program - 2013 Summer School (French)


2012 Edition

"New Heritages and Museums"

Advertisement - 2012 Summer School (French)

Program - 2012 Summer School (French)

The Roland-Arpin Award recognizes the quality and excellence of graduating students in Museum Studies. The award was named after Roland Arpin, acclaimed museologist, who place the Musée de la civilisation as a leader in museology in the province of Quebec.

Since 2001, this award has been offered to the best essay or thesis written by a student enrolled in a Museology program in Quebec. The 4,000$ award is granted in partnership with Université Laval, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Université de Montréal and Société des musées du Québec.

Management Framework

The Roland-Arpin Award is administered by the Collections Department.

Partners for the Roland-Arpin Award are:

  • Musée de la civilisation
  • Société des musées du Québec
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais
  • Université Laval


Together, they form an evaluation committee, which meets once a year in September

Decisions must be taken by unanimous vote, no party has a right of veto.

Candidacy selection and evaluation


Candidates must have completed all requisites of their Museology program (ABD, accepted) and be fully registered within the faculty at the time of application. The essay or thesis must have been chosen and recommended by the university's museology program director.

Candidacy selection

Each partner university selects and proposes up to three candidates. Each museology program director sends a copy of the selected applications to the Collections Department.


All applications must include:

  • A copy of the essay or thesis
  • A short summary (10 lines)
  • The intership report (if required)
  • A copy of the academic transcript
  • A short curriculum vitae
  • A letter of recommendation from the thesis supervisor


The evaluation committee consists of the following five members:

  • Two representatives from the Musée de la civilisation (the Roland-Arpin Award Secretary and a representative of the Collection Department)
  • A university representative in a related fiel, but outside museology programs, invited by the Musée de la civilisation
  • A representative of the Société des musées du Québec
  • A representative from the network of Québec museums, designated by the Société des musées du Québec

The work submitted to the committee is evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The quality of its writing (style, structure, logic and communication skills).
  • The topic must be relevant to the museum field and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in museology.
  • The perspective proposed must clearly demonstrate the candidate's ability to bridge theory and practice.
  • The text must clearly identify the mandate or the problem to resolve and suggest solutions, treatments or strategies.

Award Ceremony

The Roland-Arpin Award will be presented by the Executive Director of Musées de la civilisation at the annual meeting of the Société des musées du Québec in fall. The laureate of the Roland-Arpin Prize is then honored and receives a one-year subscription to the magazine Musée.


Inquiries about the prize should be addressed to



The Roland-Arpin Award was presented to Marina Smyth, a graduate of the Master's degree in Museology at University of Montreal, under the direction of Professor David Meren.

« Hidden Collections : The Relationship between Nationalism and Ethnographic Collections at the Museum of Ireland »

Roland-Arpin Award ceremony during the Société des musées du Québec Soirée on octobre 3rd, at Hilton Quebec.

Photo:  Marion Desjardins © SMQ 2018

Past Recipients (only in French)

Research Practicum Grant 

Musées de la civilisation and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), the leading funding body in the humanities and social sciences in Québec, signed a five-year agreement in 2013 aiming to stimulate research on the national collection under the care of Musées de la civilisation by giving a research practicum grant.

The agreement aims to enable graduate students to undertake research projects at Musées de la civilisation based on a component of the national collection. An exceptional corpus that reflects the history, identity and vitality of Québec, the collection is composed of approximately 250,000 artefacts and works of art, unique historical archives that are part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register (about 450 linear metres) and a library of antique and rare books (180,000 volumes).

Prospective projects must focus on the study of an archive or a component of the old library, and/or MCQ ethnological or fine arts collections. Each project must aim to enrich an aspect of Quebecois culture or history or to stimulate our understanding of its related material culture and collections.


Inquiries regarding this research grant program should be addressed to: Mr Julien Chapdelaine, chargé de programmes, FRQSC
T. 418-643-7582, ext. 3146. Toll free 1-888-653-6512, ext. 3146.



2016-2018 : Valérie Bouchard, Ethnologie et patrimoine, Université Laval
Title of the project : Regard de collectionneur. La collection Cantin, entre séduction esthétique et dynamiques affectives

2014-2016 : Lysandre St-Pierre, Études québécoises, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
Title of the project: Dans les salons de Joliette : sociabilité élitaire dans une petite ville en industrialisation, 1860-1900.

2013-2015: Marjolaine Poirier, Art History, Université de Montréal.
Title of the project: Representing Quebec City in the 18th Century: the optical views of German engravers Balthazar Friedrich Leizelt and Franz Habermann.