Graduate Intern — Art

Closing date:

Durham University Art Collection

A graduate or early-career paid internship working with Durham University's art collection and Curator for Contemporary Art.

The intern will work closely with the Curator, Contemporary Art and with the university’s art collection of primarily modern and contemporary art. The intern will be involved in a wide range of activities to support the management of and access to the University Art Collection and associated visual arts programmes. They will play a key role in supporting public and student engagement with the collection, assist with ongoing and project-based collections management work, facilitate access to the collection for teaching, research and engagement, and learn about museum standard collection care. The intern should have a genuine and demonstrable interest in pursuing a career in the gallery and/or visual art sector.

Job Responsibilities

The intern will work closely with the Curator, Contemporary Art and with the University’s art collection of primarily modern and contemporary art. The intern will be involved in a wide range of activities to support the management of and access to the University Art Collection and associated visual arts programmes. They will play a key role in supporting public and student engagement with the collection, assist with ongoing and project-based collections management work, facilitate access to the collection for teaching, research and engagement, and learn about museum standard collection care. The intern should have a genuine and demonstrable interest in pursuing a career in the gallery and/or visual art sector.

The intern will undertake a range of activities, delivering services to customers and gaining experience including some of the following:

  • Providing direct user engagement with a range of visitors with differing needs and access requirements.
  • Providing support where necessary

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including an ability to communicate your knowledge, enthusiasm, and interest to others.
  • Digital literacy
  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent).
  • Evidence of commitment personal development to improve skills and knowledge.
  • Evidence of good team working and problem-solving skills.
  • Evidence of a customer-focused approach to ensure the delivery of high-quality services.
  • Ability to manage time to meet deadlines.
  • Genuine and demonstrable interest in pursuing a career in the art/gallery sector

Desirable criteria

  • Ability to solve problems as part of a team and resolve straightforward issues.
  • Relevant experience in a similar role / environment.
  • Experience of using initiative within a team environment.
  • Digital media skills — for example, video creation and editing
  • Experience and confidence in using social media in an engaging way

Budget £22,113 p.a. (FT, fixed term til 30 September)

Deadline 18 June 2024

Durham University Elvet Hill House Durham DH1 3TH

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Please apply via the Durham University careers website with your CV and a document providing supporting evidence of how you meet the essential criteria and where possible the desirable criteria (preferably in a grid format using the essential and desirable criteria as headings).

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