Whatever your experience, there are opportunities for you to get involved with and support the museums and Botanic Garden. Throughout the year, we offer a limited number of work experience placements, internships, apprenticeships and volunteer opportunities.
We truly appreciate the time given by people filling these roles as they contribute to the meaningful delivery of the collections' aims and objectives.
On this page
On this page you'll find more information about:
- New trainee opportunities
- Work experience opportunities
- Apprenticeships and internships
New trainee opportunities
We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the British Museum on their Museum Futures Training Programme. Museum Futures will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals through on-the-job training in digital skills related to museum collections. This programme will provide paid training opportunities for a wider range of people to work in the museum sector, and to open up careers in museums to people from groups which are currently under-represented in the museum workforce.
For more information and to apply, please visit our Museum Futures webpage.
Volunteering opportunities at the University of Cambridge Museums are advertised on our dedicated volunteering portal, Volunteer Makers. Cambridge University Botanic Garden is currently offering a number of volunteer opportunities. More information is available on their webpage.
Volunteers offer their time, skills and experience free of charge. They do not have a contract of employment but will usually sign a volunteer agreement setting out responsibilities and expectations. Volunteer opportunities vary in the time commitment required from one-off events to more formal, recurring roles. Take a look at our volunteering opportunities.
Full- and part-time job opportunities within the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden are advertised centrally on the University of Cambridge recruitment website.
Work experience offers school-aged participants the opportunity to spend one week outside of school to learn new skills and develop their self-confidence, timekeeping and communication skills as well as to discover more about a particular career or industry.
Work Experience Weeks
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Work Experience Weeks and our need to focus on working with our Strategic Partner Schools in Cambridge, UCM will be unable to offer Work Experience to students outside of our partner schools in 2021. We understand that this may be disappointing and we have put some effort in to finding different ways to communicate with students about the different careers that may be available in museums. Below are our lockdown interviews with staff; we are hoping to add to our collection of resources over time.
Virtual Work Experience: the jobs you never knew existed
While we were not able to run our summer Work Experience Weeks in 2020, we have interviewed staff from across the museums about their jobs, what their role involves, and how they ended up working in museums.
Watch the full playlist to discover museum jobs you never knew existed!
Internships and apprenticeships
We aim to offer a range of apprenticeships and internships.
Internships are temporary, fixed-term placements (usually for three months part time) with a job title and wage. They are available as and when funding is available. Internships are the first step of a career path and provide enough experience during the duration that the participant is then qualified for a permanent job within the industry.
Please note for clarification that internships required as part of a course of study will not be paid and should be considered as a 'placement' or ‘studentship’.
Internships will be made available through and filled by the individual museum or department. For details about each museum, please see their individual pages.
Apprenticeships are run through a formal accredited structure and provide vocational learning for people aged 16 and over which leads to a certificate equivalent to GCSE passes. As such, this role is not applicable for those who have graduated University. Apprentices will be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week for one year.
When available, apprenticeships will be advertised on this page and on the University of Cambridge recruitment website.
You can find out what it's like to be an apprentice with the UCM in this short interview with Events Apprentice Ella Lange.
Queries regarding these roles may be addressed to:
University of Cambridge Museums Opening Doors Project Coordinator
Post: University of Cambridge Museums, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB