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 Internship programme

We have run a successful internship scheme within Leeds Museums and Galleries since 2009 and have hosted more than sixty placements in that time. We are keen to develop and maintain collections research and interpretation across all our collection areas and departments to make them accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.

Research and learning projects using our wide variety of collections have enabled us to create new displays, resources and programmes, revealing some of the fascinating stories about our collections. These research internships often unlock opportunities for further placements, including assisting with exhibitions, online projects and learning and outreach programmes.

All available volunteer roles are advertised here as well as on twitter and facebook

What are we looking for?

Students and/or graduates looking to:
- acquire new skills
- develop existing skills and knowledge
- make a career change
- make new contacts that could benefit them in their professional development
- have an introduction into the workings of museums and galleries

Gain an understanding of:
- working with museum collection objects
- organising research projects
- producing learning resources
- equal opportunities
- health and safety in the workplace
- safeguarding


What can we offer?

- a fair recruitment process

- induction and training pertinent to the role

- a time-limited work placement which allows interns to gain on-the-job experience alongside a professional member of the team

- flexible working options

- a useful learning experience

- work space at the site of the internship

- supervision and mentoring

- for collection research interns, the opportunity to assist with the collections management database and online catalogue records for learning interns, the opportunity to assist with development of public programmes for schools and families

- the opportunity to work with visitors alongside the supervisor

- payment above the National Minimum Wage per hour

- an evaluation at the end of the internship

- the internships are open to everyone with the relevant degree/experience for the project offered

- a reference to the intern at the end of the internship if requested

What we cannot offer

​- an internship will not necessarily lead to a full-time contract, but everyone has access to the jobs website and you may apply if you fit the criteria

- training that is not pertinent to the role

- Long term internships

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