Internship Opportunity at the National Portrait Gallery

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington by Henry Pierce Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence


18th Century Collections Curatorial Department Internship

The National Portrait Gallery is seeking to appoint an intern for six months with a proven interest in eighteenth-century portraiture to gain experience in general curatorial work and research across a number of projects.  These include: public enquiries; research for a display on 16th-18th century drawings; research towards an academic study of portrait print collecting and extra-illustration in eighteenth-century Britain; and research support for the curators of an exhibition on Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. As a large part of the internship will involve research in libraries and archives in London, it would be an advantage to have completed an MA or be engaged in a programme of PhD study.

The intern will be supervised by the 18th Century Curator and Assistant Curator, 18th Century.


1 day (8 hours) per week for six months to be agreed with the curator.

Travel Expenses

Travel costs of up to five pounds (£5) per week can be claimed

Ideally we would like candidates to be available for a 6-month period.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience

  • Good general knowledge of British art and or history and have a proven interest in the eighteenth century and a reasonable understanding of portraiture as a genre
  • The internship would ideally suit those candidates who have completed an Art History or History MA or are engaged in a programme of PhD study who have an interest in pursuing museum work

Skills and Attributes

  • Ideal candidates will need to have a flexible approach and be prepared to contribute to a number of different projects
  • Candidates will also need to be able to demonstrate a careful approach and attention to detail
  • Excellent written English is an essential requirement

Please send your CV and a covering letter either e-mailing:  or by writing to: Seraphina Coffman, Curatorial Office, National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE.

Closing date for returned applications: 9.00am Monday, 16 January 2012.

The Gallery is committed to equality and is a member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability, Race for Opportunity and the Equality Exchange

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