Micro-Internship with the National Trust Partnership: Curatorial Research

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Applications are now open for Oxford University students to undertake a week-long micro-internship with the National Trust Partnership in September 2020.

The National Trust Partnership at Oxford University is supporting new research into the global connections of the charity’s historic properties, landscapes and collections in England, Wales and Northern Ireland through a range of research projects and academic collaborations. Working alongside the partnership, this micro-internship will provide insights into curatorial research and public history initiatives through the lens of global histories.

What you will do:

Working remotely as part of a team, you will undertake desk-based research using a range of online archives and resources in response to a defined theme that will be provided at the start of the project. Topics may include, but are not limited to, global trade, transatlantic slavery and colonial legacies. The project will take place from 7-11th September, 2020.

What you will gain:

By the end of the internship you will have gained experience of curatorial research, an insight into how research informs heritage projects, and experience of using historical resources. You will also have the opportunity to compile a curatorial research report and discuss your findings at the end of the week with members of the Oxford partnership team and National Trust staff.

Applicant Profile

Candidates will be considered from any Humanities subject area, as matriculated students from second-year undergraduate level and above. Candidates must demonstrate good written communication skills, experience of using archival research material, an interest in global histories, an ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and a keen interest in working in – or with – the heritage sector.

Location & supervision

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the placement will take place remotely using online resources. You will be supervised by Alice Purkiss, National Trust Partnership Lead at Oxford University, alongside other members of the National Trust Partnership Team. Interns will have the opportunity to meet regularly with the supervisory team and fellow interns via Microsoft Teams video calls. For more information and to apply, visit the Careers Service website.


Deadline Monday 3rd August, 2020 (12PM)

Find out more about the National Trust Partnership here.

Found out more about the TORCH Heritage Programme here.