Calling all interns! | Wordsworth Trust

August 23, 2011

Another opportunity from our friends at the Wordsworth Trust:

Wordsworth Trust Internship Programme

20th January- 31st December 2012

Applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm for heritage and learning, and are expected to develop a knowledge of British Romanticism during the internship. Previous experience of museum work is not essential.

Interns will receive a unique, all-round experience (five out of seven days a week) of both an historic house and a working museum that receives over 55,000 visitors a year. Alongside visitor services, such as delivering guided tours of the cottage, selling tickets and merchandise in the gift shop and receiving visitors to the museum and the collections centre, interns will gain experience of caring for, maintaining and developing a Designated Collection of approximately 65,000 catalogued items. The curatorial team will equip interns with a knowledge and experience of museum practice and procedures, preventative conservation methods, updating and maintaining the collections records and researching potential and recent acquisitions and deposits. We are currently contemplating developing our own bespoke qualification which interns will complete during their residency.

There may also be opportunities to undertake projects and gain experience in other areas, such as education and outreach, custodianship, development and marketing.

Alongside the Museum, the Wordsworth Trust runs an extensive contemporary literature programme, which receives National Portfolio funding from the Arts Council. It includes an internationally renowned series of poetry readings, a Residency, and Writer and Reader Development programmes. There will be an opportunity for one intern to work closely with the Literature Officer on this programme, alongside their general duties.

Duration: Interns will be asked to commit to this programme and to see it through, unless unforeseeable personal circumstances intervene, during the dates specified above.

Financial implications: The Trust is able to award a training bursary of approximately £50.95 a week for subsistence.

Accommodation: This is a residential scheme, with shared, on-site accommodation available to rent. The rent is currently £60 a week and most interns find that they are eligible to receive housing benefit to cover their rent. Interns with savings of £6,000 or more may receive less benefit
Closing date for applications: 28th October 2011

For more information, please contact Jane Connolly at enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

Interviews: Week commencing 21st November 2011

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