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Volunteers and Interns

Volunteers and Interns are an important part of the CRC and contribute a great deal towards our overall success.

Intern handling new acquisitions

A variety of roles are available working on a range of projects and tasks and we welcome enquiries from anyone interested in volunteering with us.

We also take placements and interns from a number of academic courses.

Internship Opportunities

All internship opportunities are advertised on this page when they become available. You can also follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages for up to date information.


Evergreen: Patrick Geddes and the Environment in Equilibrium – Archives Cataloguing Project Internship

Closing Date: 29th March 2019

The Wellcome Research Resource-funded ‘Evergreen: Patrick Geddes and the Environment in Equilibrium’ archives project is offering one internship to learn and develop core archive cataloguing skills required for a future career in the archival profession. 

The ‘Evergreen’ project is a collaborative project between the universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde, which aims to preserve, conserve, catalogue and virtually re-unite two collections of the papers of Patrick Geddes held at both institutions.  It also aims to engage researchers with the collections and to develop a network of researchers with an interest in Patrick Geddes. 

This archives cataloguing project internship, based at the University of Strathclyde Archives and Special Collections in Glasgow, is available for 8 weeks full-time (35 hours per week) from 13 May to 5 July 2019. A stipend of £2831 is attached to the internship.  The internship will provide an opportunity to develop skills in archive cataloguing using a web-based open source application for standards-based archival description.  Additional skills development will be offered in the areas of historical research, analysis and interpretation; work-planning, and collections promotion and advocacy. 

Following initial training, under the supervision of the project archivist, and with support from the archives team, the intern will contribute to the enhancement of online archive catalogue descriptions relating to the Patrick Geddes collections held at the University of Strathclyde’s Archives and Special Collections, Glasgow. 

The internship will offer a valuable learning experience for a student or early career professional with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate core archival skills. 

Main responsibilities:

  • Enhance an online finding aid which follows modern archival cataloguing professional standards, following instructions and guidelines from the project archivist
  • Adapt, modernise and simplify existing descriptions to comply with modern cataloguing standards, ensuring the right information is recorded in the correct fields
  • Use research skills to correct uncertain and outdated information
  • Write succinct and engaging blog posts and other promotional pieces about the collections to support dissemination to academic and interested communities

Essential Criteria

  1. Previous experience of using archive and library catalogues
  2. Excellent research skills: ability to identify and access appropriate resources, archives and other sources of relevant information.
  3. Attention to detail and ability to follow precise instructions in order to created standardised archival descriptions.
  4. Ability to work independently
  5. Experience and skill in using databases and IT packages
  6. Methodical approach to completing tasks through planning.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience of working in an archive, library or other heritage environment
  2. Knowledge of archival cataloguing and/or library cataloguing
  3. Interest in Patrick Geddes and/or late 19th-early 20th Scottish history
  4. Knowledge of other European languages, including French, German and Italian.

To apply, please provide the following:

  1. Your CV of no more than 2 sides of A4 (to include contact details, information on your qualifications and any previous voluntary or work experience, and contact details for two referees).
  2. A supporting statement of 500 words detailing why you are interested in the internship and describing how participation in the programme would benefit your future career.
  3. Confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK. 

Please note that applications without the above will not be considered. Please send your application to Serena Fredrick Applicants will be shortlisted and selection will be based on a subsequent, informal interview. 

Please note that although the internship is based at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, interviews will be held at the Centre for Research Collections at the University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, on 18 April 2019.  Please note that expenses to attend the informal interview will not be covered and travel expenses incurred during this internship will not be covered by either the University of Edinburgh or the University of Strathclyde.

Closing date for applications: 29 March 2019

Interview date: 18 April 2019

Start date: 13 May 2019

For further information, please contact Serena Fredrick or project archivist, Elaine MacGillivray at 

Volunteer Opportunities

A few areas we regularly have interns and volunteers working in include:

  • Conservation
    Our volunteers for a group photo on a presentation day during Volunteers Week
  • Archives
  • Rare Books
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Library Services

Roles and placements become available on a regular basis.

To apply for a volunteer position, please complete and return the online Volunteer Enquiry Form or return the form below: 


What our volunteers and interns say about their CRC experience

During the 10 weeks I have been working on a project to conserve and re-house items from a collection of letters, legal documents and title deeds relating to the Royal Edinburgh Infirmary. I have had an amazing time here at the University and have learnt so much! I really feel like a part of the team.

Charlotte AnstisConservation Intern

Taking on volunteers and interns is a chance for experienced people with developed careers to pass on the knowledge and experience that university studies alone cannot give.

Fiona PriestleyConservation Volunteer
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