Searching for an Internship?

Internships are mentioned a lot when you are trying to begin or explore a career in the art world. They can be a great chance to gain experience and build your CV.

 

Check out our podcast episode where we talk all things internships here.

Below you will find links to internships and traineeships, some tried and tested by ourselves. You will also find links to other great engagement initiatives.

Where to Find

Internships / Traineeships

Art Angel works in collaboration with artists and organisations to realise exciting creative projects in unexpected places across London. They offer internships throughout the year and advertise them on their jobs page.

Where: London

Duration: Various

Pay: Paid

Check it out here: https://www.artangel.org.uk/about_us/jobs/

 

Barbican and Iniva work in partnership each year to offer a 12-month, full time, paid curatorial training opportunity. The role is geared to support career development for those of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds. 

Where: London

Duration: 12 months

Pay: £19,747 for the year

Check it out herehttps://iniva.org/about/jobs/barbicaniniva-curatorial-traineeship/

 

Bold Tendencies look for Art Trainees every summer to help run their extensive art programme set in a disused car park building in Peckham.

Where: Peckham, London 

Duration: 5 weeks

Pay: Travel and lunch expenses are covered

Check it out here: http://boldtendencies.com/art-trainee-programme/

Chisenhale Gallery offers a Curatorial Fellowship each year in tandem with the Barbican/Iniva Curatorial Traineeship. It is also a full-time, paid position, open to applicants who identify as Black, Asian or other Ethnic minority background currently under-represented in the visual arts sector. It aims to help develop the career of an aspiring curator early in their career. 
Where: London

Duration: 12 - 18 months

Pay: £22,000 (per annum)

Check it out here: 2020/21 Application Pack

Cell Project Space's internship programme offers hands-on work experience in production, management and communications within a small not-for-profit arts organisation. It opens every April and is eligible to students currently studying a BA or MA course.

Where: London

Duration: 3-6 months

Check it out here: https://www.cellprojects.org/opportunities

Christie's offer a graduate internship. The aim of the internship is to understand the workings of an auction house and is for people considering a career in auction houses or the art market. 

Where: London

Duration: 6 months

Paid: Interns earn £369.25 a week

Check it out here: https://www.christies.com/about-us/london-graduate-internships/?PID=mslp_related_features3

Christie's also offer work experience placements. These are much shorter and aim to offer hands on experience and networking opportunities at busy times of the year.

Where: London

Duration: 2-4 weeks

Paid: Unpaid with travel and lunch expenses at £15 per week

Check it out here: https://www.christies.com/about-us/london-work-experience-programme/?PID=mslp_related_features4

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection recruits interns for a whole range of tasks. Interns are responsible for all the daily running of the museum and join a large international alumni network.

Where: Venice, Italy

Duration: 1-3 months

Paid: €800 per month (flights not covered, scholarships available)

Check it out here: https://www.guggenheim-venice.it/en/learn/internship-program/

Sotheby's provide summer internships internationally every year. The internship is based in a specific department and tasks include researching, helping put up exhibitions in the galleries and writing catalogue entries.

Where: London, Hong Kong, New York and Geneva

Duration: 1 month during the summer

Paid: Internships are paid, but varies from country to country 

Check out life as a Sotheby's intern here:

http://www.sothebys.com/content/dam/sothebys/PDFs/Internship%20Insights.pdf?locale=en

The Whitechapel Gallery is a public contemporary gallery in East London offering a range of work placements, Apprenticeships and volunteer work throughout the year. Check their jobs page to keep up to date. 

Where: London

Duration: Various

Check it out here: https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/about/recruitment/

 

Other Ways to Get Engaged

Barbican offers Young Barbican membership which offers all young people between 14-25 discounted tickets, special programmes and inclusion in a growing network of young creatives.

Where: London

Cost: Free - and a money saver! 

Sign up here: https://www.barbican.org.uk/join-support/young-barbican

The Photographers' Gallery runs a programme called Develop: Creative Careers Through Photography. It is an ongoing series of talks, events and workshops for 14-24 year olds interested in learning more about photography related career opportunities.

Where: London (and remote)

Cost: Mostly free with some ticketed events

Check it out here: https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/content/develop-creative-careers-through-photography-0

South London Gallery runs a young people's forum called Art Assassins which work together with contemporary artists, designers, filmmakers and each other to create a programme of events for other young people and a wider audience. Open every Tuesday for 14-20 year olds. 

Where: London

Cost: Free

Check it out here: https://www.southlondongallery.org/projects/art-assassins/

Tate Collective offers £5 tickets, shop discounts and special events to anyone aged 16-25.

Where: All Tate galleries

Cost: Free - and a money saver!

Sign up herehttps://www.tate.org.uk/tate-collective

Tate Collective Producers is a group of young people who work with Tate to create events, workshops and work alongside artists. You can apply to get involved at Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. For Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London, participants are recruited through local youth and educational organisations so see if your local group can put you forward.

Where: All Tate galleries

Cost: Free

Check it out herehttps://www.tate.org.uk/tate-collective/producers

Whitechapel Gallery runs a collaborative youth forum called Duchamp & Sons. It gathers regularly to collaborate with artists, curators and practitioners from other fields. They have curated exhibitions and events in the Gallery, made films and even staged live performances on Whitechapel High Street.

Where: London

Cost: Free

Check it out here: https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/learn/youth/duchamp-and-sons-2/