Internships | Six opportunities at heritage property
A six-month internship at Waddesdon provides valuable experience of working in an internationally renowned institution in the cultural heritage sector.
We are looking for interns in the collections conservation, aviary, education, visitor operations 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 Intern
The Conservation Intern 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.
The Aviculturalist intern will join a small team at Waddesdon’s Aviary, a modern, specialist zoo and member of the EAZA, and will be given a variety of opportunities to learn new skills in bird husbandry, breeding, record keeping (ZIMS) and artificial incubation and rearing.
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.
Visitor Operations Intern
The Visitor Operations Intern will work within the Visitor Services Department which is split across three areas of activity: Operations, Engagement and Experience. They will work closely with the managers of each area, along with their teams to assist in the smooth delivery of the visitor experience.
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?
- 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
- 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
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Ability to deal with others at all levels internally and with the media
- An Interest in ornithology, conservation, or previous experience in a bird collection
- A qualification in an animal management course or equivalent
- A special interest in heritage education
- Administrative and organisational skills
- Ability to deal with others at all levels
- A flexible approach to work, with an aptitude for multi-tasking
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.
NOTE: Deadline for applications is 11pm on Monday 6 May 2019.
- Conservation: Jane.Finch@waddesdon.org.uk
- Marketing & Communications: Olivia.Parker@waddesdon.org.uk
- Aviary: Ian.Edmans@waddesdon.org.uk
- Education: Sarah.Dewberry@waddesdon.org.uk
- Visitor Operations: Hayley.Rowe@waddesdon.org.uk
Interviews will take place in w/c 13 and 20 May and the internships run from June to December 2019. All candidates must be available for the full internship period.