The National Skills Sharing Programme: Interns

The National Portrait Gallery is working with 12 partners across the UK as part of its Inspiring People Project in a Skills Sharing Programme, to explore questions around identity and representation and the relevance of portraits today. We are looking for enthusiastic interns with an interest in portraits, history and people to help our partners deliver their cultural programmes.

Internships will be for either a period of 6 months full time, or 1 year part time. Host organisations include:
National Portrait Gallery, The Box - Plymouth, Nottingham City Museums & Galleries/ Nottingham Castle, Gainsborough’s House - Sudbury, Ulster Museum – Belfast, Compton Verney Art Gallery, Laing Art Gallery - Newcastle, Watts Gallery - Compton, Hay Castle Trust, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery - Swansea, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge - Canterbury, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery and Derby Museums.


About the roles

Roles are varied and are designed to give candidates an opportunity to develop Museum and Gallery related skills and knowledge from scratch. The roles can range from working with collections, exhibitions, to communications, funding, commercial and many other areas of activity!

Training opportunities are built into the roles with guidance provided by your host organisation on how to begin a career in the sector.

These roles are ideal for candidates with no previous knowledge of working in Museums and Galleries the sector or related academic training.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates that are under-represented in the workforce in museums in galleries the museum sector, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, disabled candidates and/or candidates without an undergraduate degree.

What others have said about their experience

I have found the whole experience really rewarding and enjoyable (especially the intern day), and it’s really confirmed my wish to build a career in this sector.

NSSP Intern at Gainsborough’s House