Opportunities on Campus
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts offers six museum internships a year, designed to provide work experience for graduates from the History of Art department who are seeking a career in museums and galleries. There are opportunities to gain experience in Curating and Learning, Marketing, Press and PR and Exhibitions . Interns work under the direction and close supervision of the Barber Institute’s staff, and each intern is also funded to attend a relevant seminar, workshop or conference, as agreed with their line managers.
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Cadbury Research Library
This summer Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections is hosting a pilot project to offer three University of Birmingham student internships for two separate schemes: the first to improve research access to the athletics materials; and the second scheme to enable a student to acquire more in-depth experience of the work of libraries, archives and conservation which will include the opportunity to work on small independent projects across the spectrum of the service. The Cadbury Research Library also host external student placements.
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The Lapworth Museum of Geology
The Lapworth Museum of Geology currently offers six scholarships for one month over the summer vacation. The scholarships give students the opportunity to gain a wide range of museum experience, including documentation, conservation and display, and the students then work on a part-time basis through the following academic year. Some years the students have the opportunity to work in Dudley Museum to gain experience of a municipal museum. The scheme is open to all students enrolled on geology single honours or joint honours programmes and is highly successful in introducing students to the museum profession. A large proportion have gone on to PGR and PGT degrees in palaeontology and other aspects of geology, and around 10% have entered the museum profession over the 12 years that the scheme has been running.
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Research and Cultural Collections
Research and Cultural Collections hosts placements for students from different disciplines across and outside the University, developing projects which are mutually beneficial. The students work on solo projects and in groups to gain valuable work experience for developing careers in the heritage sector. Projects are available across a broad range of arts, cultural and science collections. Since 2002 many undergraduates and postgraduates have developed museum knowledge and skills and the majority of them now work in the heritage business, in institutions such as the Tate, the National Trust, Manchester Museum and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
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Winterbourne House and Garden
Winterbourne House and Garden offers volunteering opportunities throughout the year as well as short paid work placements on specific projects. All students are welcome and will have the chance to mix with a wide range of people in the volunteer team. Current volunteers work in numerous areas depending on their interests. This includes the garden, helping at events and with children's activities and with our collections where they learn about accessions, digitisation and interpretation. Recent paid placements have focused on collections management, marketing, audience development and learning and outreach projects. Some of our students have gone on to work in the heritage sector, others just enjoyed being at Winterbourne.
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University Music and Concerts
There are a variety of volunteering opportunities within the University Music and Concerts team, who are responsible for University concerts in the Bramall Music Building, and the professional concert series in The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. The team recruit volunteers to help run the performances and opportunities include concert stewarding, box office, and marketing support, giving students an insight in to the logistics of concert management. There are also opportunities for students to help with stage management and those with excellent sight reading skills are asked to help page turning at concerts. Volunteers work under the direction and close supervision of University staff, and help will be given to those looking to move in to concert management with CV preparation and advice.
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