Museum & Gallery Events

Internships: one-day Seminar
University of Kent, Canterbury
12.30 - 17.30, 10 October 2014

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Internships undertaken in museums and galleries can be a great way for students or
those entering the profession to gain career-enhancing experience, to network and
make connections, and to develop their skills. On the other hand, they can also feel
exploitative for those making unpaid, yet significant, contributions to the running of
an organisation. Such desirable opportunities may also seem out of reach for those unable to afford prolonged periods of voluntary work.

This seminar will explore the issues surrounding internships through a series of talks from speakers in the museum sector, those who have undertaken internships, and through a round table discussion.

Seminar Schedule and speakers (pdf)

How do museums and galleries negotiate the issue of internships in an increasingly
competitive sector, where public spending cuts are creaing a greater need for volunteers while reducing the prospect of paid employment at the end of the
internship? What is the status of interns in relation to volunteers, workers and trainees? What should the relationship between universities and museums be in sponsoring internships?

This seminar is organised by the AAH Museums & Exhibitions group, in collaboration with the AAH students group. It will be hosted by Studio 3 Gallery at the University of Kent, itself an organisation reliant on the contribution of student volunteers.

There will be a chance to view the exhibition by Rose Hilton: ‘Giving Life to Painting’.

Tickets, book online:

Concessions: £5
AAH Members £10
Non-members £15

Spaces limited, so please pre-book to attend. We cannot offer refunds for this event.

Previous M&E group Events

Are Curators Academics? Study Day
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
21 March, 2013
This study day was organised by AAH, National Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum as a Subject Specialist Network: European Paintings pre-1900 study day. It was supported by The Pilgrim Trust. Click here to read the report of this event.

Interns assisting with the hanging of a recent exhibition at Studio 3 gallery. Interns assisting with the hanging of a recent exhibition at Studio 3 gallery.