Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Collection: Collections & Research Internship 2020

Our summer internships for undergraduates are designed to inspire, encourage and support a new generation.

You'll work alongside our experienced staff in the area that most interests you, building on your existing skills and gaining new ones. We value your insights and ideas, and during your time with us you’ll have every opportunity to make a real contribution.

The Wellcome Collection: Collections & Research Internship

What do the Wellcome Collection: Collections & Research team do?

The Collections & Research Department, part of Wellcome Collection, manages all of our collections regardless of format, medium, chronology or geography. At the heart of all of our work is a commitment to access, diversity and inclusion. The Department consists of four teams: Collections Development (including investigating potential new materials that will bring new perspectives into the collections, dealing with re-patriation policies etc); Collections Information (including inventorying, provenance research and cataloguing our collections); Research Development (which manages a lively programme of research development activity, including writing for the website, researching pop-up exhibitions and helping with programme events); and  Inclusive Collections (who work to surface challenges to diversity and inclusion in our collections and help to embed inclusive practices across the department).

 What would I be doing in Collections & Research?

During an internship here you’ll have the opportunity to work on projects related to our collections in line with your own strengths and interests and the department’s priorities over the summer. These are likely to include pieces of work that will help to enhance knowledge and awareness of and access to Wellcome’s collections; help bring new and more diverse viewpoints, voices and/or research communities to the collections and help to utilise the collections in support of Wellcome Trust’s wider priorities and mission.

 What skills/ experience do I need to work in this role?

Applicants will need to have the ability to work methodically and with good attention to detail, be able to use basic Microsoft Office Packages, enjoy writing and have a good standard of English, enjoy working with others and have a demonstrable interest in/experience of the cultural sector.

What's on offer?

  • You'll work on real projects.

  • You’ll be part of a cohort of interns, and get to share your experiences together.

  • You’ll work on a project with fellow interns which will develop new skills and show you how the organisation operates to achieve its aims.

  • You’ll have a dedicated line manager who’ll support and mentor you, and oversee your work.

  • You’ll have lots of opportunities for development – including the chance to meet people from across Wellcome, hear from industry experts, attend career development workshops and participate in group volunteering days.

  • You'll gain insight into how a global charity works and leave your internship with some great connections and experience.

Dates and accommodation

  • The internships will run from 29 June to 21 August and you will need to be available for the full period.

  • Subsidised accommodation is available at the cost of £100 per week.


  • You must be partway through your undergraduate studies; we cannot consider candidates in their final year of an undergraduate degree or any Master's or PhD students.

  • You will need to have the right to work in the UK

How we receive your application

Please note your application will be anonymised and each question will be read in isolation to avoid bias. For this reason, please ensure each answer you give makes sense in isolation. For example, please avoid referring back to answers to previous questions.

If you are applying for multiple roles we are happy for you to copy and paste some of the content in your answers to question 1 and 4 across applications

If you have access requirements that mean making this application will be difficult please let me know, we would be happy to consider alternative methods.

Role posted - 2020-01-29T21:46:54Z 9:46pm, 29th Jan 2020 GMT