Victoria and Albert Museum

The role

This internship is designed to enable people at the beginning of their museum careers to gain experience and insight into curatorial work and public programming within a national museum supporting colleagues across the curatorial team.


  • Support the V&A East curatorial team with their work developing displays and public programming concepts for V&A East.
  • Support the V&A East Public Engagement and Outreach Lead to build sustained relationships with a wide range of communities and organisations across East London. This may include attending meetings and focus groups, supporting the delivery of public events and activities.
  • Conduct research into the collection and contemporary art, design and performance
  • Helping to devise and deliver the V&A East pre-opening public programme
  • Carrying out administrative and project-related tasks as required
  • Shadowing colleagues and attending project meetings as appropriate
  • Be willing to work some flexible hours to assist with V&A East-related events
  • Comply with museum-wide policies and procedures
  • To be security conscious, ensure familiarity and co-operation with all museum security procedures, wearing a security pass at all times when on Museum premises.
  • Promote equality and diversity in all aspects of your work by developing and maintaining positive working relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly and with respect/dignity and actively contributing to developments that support the museum’s strategy for widening access, inclusion and diversity.
  • To carry out other duties as required by the Engagement and Outreach Lead and curators for V&A East. "

About the employer

The V&A is the world’s greatest museum of art, design and performance, with a collection of over 2 million objects representing more than 5,000 years of creativity. Founded in the wake of the 1851 Great Exhibition, the V&A is dedicated to educating and inspiring people through collections drawn from the entire spectrum of the fine, applied, industrial and performing arts. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the best available resources for the study of many subjects, including architecture, Asian art, textiles, furniture, fashion, photography, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork and graphic design. The V&A is home to the National Art Library, the Department of Theatre & Performance (formerly The Theatre Museum in Covent Garden), the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green and V&A Dundee.

The V&A is entering a new era with the creation of V&A East, an ambitious new institution located across two sites in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: a dynamic new museum at Stratford Waterfront, which includes a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, and a major, future-facing centre for collections, research and learning at Here East (CRC). The project will be part of East Bank, a new Culture and Education District in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, due to open in 2022 / 2023. East Bank is a collaboration between world-leading institutions including London College of Fashion, University College London, Sadler’s Wells, the BBC and the Smithsonian Institution. The V&A East project will radically expand the museum’s reach and impact providing unprecedented access to the museum’s unrivalled collections of art, design and performance, and provide new platforms for display and public programming. V&A East aims to inspire and empower the next generation of artists, designers and innovators; support and promote the creative industries; and help people discover the value of creativity and design. It will enable the V&A, its expertise and world-renowned collections to become part of East London's rich heritage and uniquely-diverse community; working in partnership with the area’s creative industries and the population of students, makers, designers and digital innovators on its doorstep. With significant connections to the rest of the UK, Europe and the world, V&A East will become – with its neighbours – a locally cherished destination of global cultural importance and universal appeal.

Person specification

  • "A demonstratable interest and knowledge of Art, Design, Art / Design History or a similar discipline related the V&A and its collections
  • A demonstrable interest in a career in museums, galleries or other arts and cultural organisations
  • Experience of working in east London
  • Previous experience in administration and research activities
  • An enthusiastic self-starter with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of practical and organisational skills.
  • An ability to work under pressure, to multi-task and to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrable computer skills, competence in standard software in professional use, experience of working with social and other digital media, and ability to manage information systematically and accurately.
  • An interest in public engagement and outreach programmes "

How to apply

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