Conservation Internship at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Closing date for applications: Friday 8 December 2017

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) has developed a program of internships to teach and extend core skills in the archive, conservation, and research disciplines.

An 8-week conservation internship is available with a stipend of GBP2,500 attached. This internship is designed for those who have recently completed (or are close to the completion of) a relevant professional qualification but are yet to gain paid or permanent employment in the sector: the internship will offer the successful candidate valuable work experience in their chosen career to enhance future employability. The intern will be well supported by CRC staff and offered extensive opportunities to develop their skills.

The intern will be based within the Centre of Research Collections, working on the Thomson-Walker Collection. This collection includes some 2500 prints bequeathed to the University of Edinburgh by Sir John William Thomson-Walker (1871-1937), a surgeon and print collector. This internship is the fourth in a series of placements to conserve this prestigious print collection. The first intern to take part in this project commented that “This [internship] has greatly improved my self-worth, and I now feel ready to make the important leap from education to employment.”

Wider experience of working in the special collections and higher education sectors will also be offered.

To apply, provide the following:

  1. your CV of no more than 2 sides of A4 (to include contact details, information on your qualifications and any previous voluntary or work experience, and contact details for two referees),
  2. a supporting statement of 500 – 1000 words detailing why you are interested in the internship and describing how participation in the program would benefit your future career,
  3. confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK (a statement in either your CV, covering e-mail, or supporting statement will suffice at application stage.)

Please note that applications without 1-3 above will not be considered.

More information on the CRC can be found here: More information on the CRC internships can be found here:

Applications may be sent via email or post to Emily Hick (emily.hick; Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Library, 30 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ). Applicants will be shortlisted, and selection will be based on a subsequent, informal, interview at the CRC. Please note that expenses to attend the informal interview will not be paid.

  • Closing date for applications: Friday 8 December 2017
  • Informal interview date: Tuesday 19 December 2017
  • Proposed start date: Monday 8 January 2018

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