- Baldwins. Founded in 1872. An Auction House specializing in buying and selling coins and medals. One of the largest numismatic dealers in the world. Internationally recognized with salesrooms in New York, London and Hong Kong.
- Bonhams. Founded in 1793 Bonhams is one of the world’s oldest auctioneers of fine art and antiquities. As a leading auction houses it is widely respected, recognized internationally with salerooms in London, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Bonhams occasionally offer internships within different departments. Applicants will need to regularly check the recruitment pages of their website.
- Christies. Founded in the 18th Century in London, it is one of the oldest and most widely respected Auction Houses within the global Art Market, with salesrooms in numerous major cultural cities. Due to its size and global reach it is one of the few Auction Houses that do offer training and internship programs that run annually. Christies have recently launched a new Graduate Training Program, offered in London, New York and Asia, with a limited intake in 2017. London graduate Internships. Christies recruit approximately 10 Graduate Interns per intake. There are two intakes a year, in January and July. These Internships lasts for duration of 6 months a fixed-term temporary contract. Graduate Interns will be entitled to £252 per week. London Work experience program is unpaid and arranged and authorized by the human resources department. The duration of the program is up to two weeks. Individuals must complete a work experience application form online. Successful applicants will be allocated to a department having regard to their specified choice and availability.
- Drewaetts & Bloomsbury. An Auction house considered as one of the ‘top 4’ auctioneers of fine and contemporary art, Antiques and Antiquarian Books. Part of the Stanley Gibbons group plc. Their salesrooms are located in Mayfair, central London and one in Newbury.
- Phillips. Founded in 1796. An international Auction House specializing in valuing, buying and selling contemporary Arts. Currently do not offer training or internship schemes.
- Rosebury’s. Fine Arts and antiques Auction House with a wide range of specialist departments. Do offer an internship programme. Applicants will need to submit a CV with a covering letter directly to Roseberys Human Resources department.
- Sotheby’s. Founded in 1744, it was the first international Auction House, expanding to New York in 1955. Sotheby’s have salerooms around the world with growing specialist divisions in fine wines and jewelry. Sotheby’s do offer select individuals a three-month paid internship at their New Bond Street offices. Candidates must be undergraduate/ postgraduate students or have graduated from university. Sotheby’s Graduate Training programme is a paid twelve-month rotation scheme, based in New York or London. Application forms can be found online.
- Stanley Gibbons. A highly respected Auction House located on the Strand in London. A Market leader in stamps, stamp collections and stamp albums and autographs. Stanley Gibbons have a department in investment. Not offering graduate training schemes. Do accept paid part-time work for graduates keen on gaining experience.
Commercial Galleries in London
- Barbican Art Gallery. Barbican is located in Moorgate, East London and is Europe’s largest multi-arts venue. Barbican offers Apprenticeships and work placement programme’s as well as structured volunteer schemes.
- Gagliardi Gallery. Located on the Kings Road in Chelsea, West London, hosting traditional and contemporary exhibitions. Gagliardi offer unpaid internships and work experience opportunities. Part-time or full time for a three-month commitment.
- Hayward Gallery. A contemporary Art Gallery located on the Southbank, London. Displays a variety of exhibitions in the modern arts. The Hayward manages The Art Council Collection, which is the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world. The Hayward offers a voluntary internship programme in one of their departments, either in the Exhibitions team, Hayward Touring team or the Arts council collections team. These placements will give a successful applicant an insight into exhibition or collection activities. Unpaid. Placements run for three months beginning in January with flexible working hours. Southbank Centre offers Apprenticeship schemes.
- National Portrait Gallery. The National Portrait Gallery occasionally offers internship placements in its curatorial department for duration of six months, working at least one day per week. Interns work directly with curators and are only offered to Post Graduate students with an academic background in the chosen period the internship is available from. Interns will gain valuable experience in using the Heinz Archive, and have the opportunity to attend a gallery induction day and partake in the Department’s monthly curatorial training sessions.
- Serpentine Galleries. The Serpentine Gallery and The Serpentine Sackler Gallery are two contemporary art spaces located in central London in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park. Occasionally offer internships in specific departments.
- Tate. Tate is one of the largest organizations dedicated to public enjoyment in the arts with collections ranging from British art from the 16th century to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. Tate has four main Galleries;Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Internship programme. Applicants do not need previous work experience in a gallery or museum to apply. Offering internships in a wide range of fields such as curatorial, marketing and collection care, with each placement lasting between four to six months. Traineeships and fellowships can last for a duration of twelve to eighteen months. Some applicants can apply through their universities, which have partnerships with Tate. Internship process begins by completing an online form. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview. Volunteer roles: Working in front-of house positions. These roles have a limited capacity.
- The Royal Academy. An independent charity, which also hosts world-class exhibitions ranging from antiquities to contemporary art installations. The RA offers work experience placements, and occasionally internship & apprenticeship opportunities. Currently there are no volunteer vacancies but they are expanding their volunteering programme.
- Whitechapel. Whitechapel is a contemporary art gallery located in Aldgate, in East London.Whitechapel offers work placements including apprenticeships, Heritage Lottery funded traineeships and a work based training element for their Curatorial MA. They also have a structured volunteer programme. London Metropolitan University have a partnership with the gallery, running a Curatorial MA course, where student can learn and work within the Whitechapel gallery. Offer an Apprenticeship scheme. Open to non-graduates running for duration of one to two years. Gallery Assistant job roles are available. They provide graduates with great work experience in the gallery environment.
International internships and graduate schemes
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Offers unpaid internships to recent graduates and postgraduates in various departments. Interns are assigned to specific areas based on their academic background, professional skills, interests and career goals and will be expected to participate in ongoing work and specific projects. Their Museum Culture Seminar Program works with the internship programs so that interns can visit auction houses, corporate collection and galleries. Each internship lasts for a duration of three months. Summer internships are full time whereas the Spring and Autumn internship periods require a commitment of a minimum of two days per week. The museum does not provide housing to international students.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Offers a wide range of internship programs available for undergraduates and graduates. The largest programme they offer is The Museum Seminar (MuSe) Internship Programme.The Internshhip programme begins on 6th June each year. The duration of the internships vary from ten-weeks, six-months, nine-months or twelve –months and successful applicants should have a desire to pursue a career in the arts and in fields related to The Met’s range of departments.
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Situated in the major cultural hub of Venice, the Peggy Guggenheim offers a competitive international internship program for Italian and international students who study art history or related disciplines. This programme is suitable for those who are interested in gaining a valuable experience of how a museum is run and familiarity with the modern art collection. Interns will be expected to partake in the management of galleries, assisting visitors, supporting the museum office staff in various departments and participation in the educational activities of the museum. Depending on the time of the Internship, interns may have the privilege of assisting in the world’s oldest international contemporary art event, the Venice Biennale. Applicants should be able to speak fluent English and have knowledge of the Italian language, an academic background in history of art or related disciplines and a desire to pursue a career in the arts. Students may apply for one, two or three months. Interns are given €800 per month to cover basic rent and some living expenses. Travel expenses excluded.