The Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection Internship Policy


The policy described below applies to internships at the Wallace Collection: 

  • All Wallace Collection internships will be advertised on the museum’s website.  Applications will only be considered for those internships described on the Wallace Collection’s website.
  • Please note that the Wallace Collection does not offer internships to people below undergraduate level. The only exception is the work placement programme offered by the Development and Marketing Department through Westminster Council. 
  • An internship offers a period of time spent affiliated to the Wallace Collection in order to experience an aspect or aspects of museum work within a chosen department, through training and supervised work.
  • Internships are offered periodically by the Conservation, Curatorial, Education and Collections Information departments.  
  • Internships at the Wallace Collection are unpaid and the museum is unable to offer assistance with practicalities such as finding accommodation for the period of the internship.
  • All departments will provide interns whose internship is for a minimum of two and a half days per week and who are on an internship advertised on the Wallace Collection’s website with a zones 1-3 Travel Card for the duration of their internship.  
  • All prospective interns should apply directly to their chosen department, following the application guidelines provided on our website.  
  • In advance of acceptance of an intern, one member of staff within the relevant department should agree to manage the internship and be the key staff contact for all matters relating to the internship for the duration of the internship. 
  • The staff member managing each intern is responsible for supplying forms to their intern, ensuring that all necessary forms have been completed and sending them on to the Personnel Manager, our Internship Co-ordinator. These forms are the Vetting form, Internship Details form and the Internship Evaluation form at the end of the internship.
  • All interns in the Education Department will need to complete appropriate security checks (Criminal Records Bureau/Independent Safeguarding Authority) in order to work with children and vulnerable adults.
  • At the commencement of the internship, the supervising staff member should draw their intern’s attention to the ‘Handbook for Interns’, which contains information adapted from sections of the Wallace Collection’s ‘Staff Handbook’ covering Health and Safety, Computer Data and Equipment Security, Building and Security and General Information. All forms, the ‘Handbook for Interns’, a copy of this policy document and other relevant information will be found in Shared\All Purpose\Internship Forms, Handbook and General Information.  
  • The Personnel Manager will carry out health and safety inductions for all interns and obtain next-of-kin details for all interns at the start of their internships. 
  • The Wallace Collection arranges an annual Open Day at the end of the summer school term, for Sixth Form students. This offers one hundred people with an interest in working in a museum environment the opportunity to learn about all aspects of work within a national museum. This scheme began in 2010.