Internships | Six Opportunities at a Heritage Property

An internship at Waddesdon allows participation in some of the most exciting work in a nationally and internationally renowned institution. This in turn gives interns a number of formal and informal learning opportunities that assist the recipients with their future careers. Our aim is to ensure we open the doors of Waddesdon as widely as possible to the curators, conservators, archivists, gardeners, facilities managers, stewards, event organisers and leaders we may need in the future.

From January to May 2020 we are looking for interns in the collections conservation, IT, education and marketing departments.

What does Waddesdon Manor do?

Waddesdon is a National Trust property managed by the Rothschild Foundation. The house and gardens are open to the public, welcoming over 470,000 visitors a year. Created by Baron de Rothschild in 1874, it is home to the Rothschild Collection of 18th century art, French 18th century furniture, porcelain, textiles and sculpture, as well as a growing collection of contemporary art, and a thriving exhibitions, education and public events programme with a focus on gardens, food and wine.

What will the internships entail?

Conservation Assistant Interns

The Conservation Interns will work within the Collections and Conservation Department and is responsible for the care and access, conservation, research and interpretation of the contents of the house and the historic fabric of the building, the sculpture in the gardens, the historic papers and photographic archive.

Marketing & Communications Interns

The Marketing Interns are responsible for promoting the cultural heritage and supporting commercial activities of Waddesdon through a range of traditional and digital communications channels. The two interns who’ll join the team will work closely with press, marketing, design and web colleagues to maximise Waddesdon’s visibility nationally and globally.

IT Intern

The IT intern will offer the opportunity to work within a busy team responsible for supporting all system functions, including; desktop and server infrastructure, network (LAN/WAN/VPN), database technologies (including SQL and PowerBI), IP telephony, ePOS, WiFi, anti virus as well as working in partnership with product vendors and specialist 3rd party support contracts. Ideal for someone with an interest in a career in IT, with excellent IT skills and an aptitude for working with people.

Education & Learning Intern

The Learning & Engagement Intern will help deliver a comprehensive programme of curriculum-based school visits for primary and secondary children, plus a growing programme of family activities throughout the year, including every half-term and bank holiday.

What will I gain from the experience?

You will receive a number of formal and informal learning opportunities in your chosen field that will assist you in your career, and an opportunity to see how different aspects of running a historic house work together. The aim of the internship programme is to open the doors to the curators, conservators, marketers, administrators and leaders of the future.

What experience and skills do I need?

Overall:

  • Organised with a good attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • An interest in culture, heritage and/or leisure industries

Conservation

  • Interest in, or previous experience of management of a collection in a museum or historic house
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the kinds of conservation issues which might affect historic houses and their collections
  • Evidence of good manual dexterity and/or manual handling

Marketing

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to deal with others at all levels internally and with the media

IT

  • An interest in a career in IT
  • Excellent IT skills and an aptitude for working with people

Education

  • A special interest in heritage education
  • Administrative and organisational skills

Terms & conditions:

  • 22.5 hours working per week, over three days
  • Single room in shared accommodation provided on site
  • £10 allowance towards food costs for each working day
  • A National Trust Volunteer card

How do I apply?

Further details of each position are available as PDFs to download from https://waddesdon.org.uk/about-us/current-vacancies/internships/ please read these before making an application.

To apply, please send a current CV and a covering letter, maximum 2 pages of A4, outlining your interest in working at Waddesdon and a career in this sector, and suitability for the role to the relevant contact below.

Deadline for applications is 11pm on Sunday 17 November 2019.

Email applications to: application@waddesdon.org.uk 

Interviews will take place in w/c 25 November and the internships run from January to May 2020.