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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.


ECA Internship at the Centre for Research Collections

*PLEASE NOTE: Only current postgraduate students at ECA are eligible for this opportunity*

The Centre for Research Collections is seeking to appoint up to 4 postgraduate research students (MSCr, MPhil, PhD) from ECA to lead and deliver a high-profile symposium focussed on rethinking the portraiture collection of the University of Edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh’s Art Collection has the second largest collection of portraits in Scotland. It is the oldest part of the overall Art Collection, dating back to the mid-1600s. Some portraits - particularly those displayed at Old College - are among the most important paintings in University Art Collection and represent the work of prominent sculptors and painters of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries. As well as being important works of art, they represent a history of the University. Paintings and portraits of former professors, chancellors and principals of the University tell the story of this ancient institution. However, the portrait collection cannot represent the nature of the University in the 21st century.

The University Art Collection team have been working to diversify holdings and reconsider the collection’s displays across campus, including at Old College. As part of this project, in 2019 recently acquired works will be temporarily displayed in the staircase in Old College. The display will introduce works by and of women and other underrepresented groups as the first step in a longer-term transformation of our collection and its display in these historic spaces. This is a fantastic opportunity to represent the diversity of the University, and one which must be done thoughtfully. The symposium will play a key role in this first stage of reimagining the way the University represented itself by providing a larger, national platform on which to explore some of the ethical and curatorial challenges of displaying portraiture at Universities. 

For this role, we are looking for candidates who have an interest in the University’s Art Collection and in particular are able to demonstrate an interest in current debates around diversification and the ethics of art collection development. Candidates should have previous experience of event or conference organisation and management. They should have an ability to work independently and resolve problems as they arise. The candidates should have excellent communication, advocacy and research skills.

Candidates who are interested in applying for this project should send a cover letter stating how they might fulfil the above criteria and a C.V of no more than 2 pages. Applications should be sent to Laura Beattie, Intern and Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Centre for Research Collections: 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: to 5pm on Wednesday 21st.

Interviews will be held the Friday 30th of November. Successful candidates should be available to begin on December 5th and will be expected to work one day (7 hours) per week until the end of April. A total fee of £ 750 will be paid to successful candidates for their work on the project.



  • University regulations this academic year are, that full-time PhD students will be permitted to work an average of no more than 9 hours in any week up to an absolute maximum of 414 hours across the whole University. This is to try to ensure that the focus is on the successful completion of the PhD. Maximum hours cannot be exceeded, so this must be borne in mind when applying for, or accepting hours.
  • Applications from current eligible UoE students must be accompanied by written agreement (via email) from your PhD supervisor(s) stating the total number of hours you will be working during 2018/19 across the whole University and stating that undertaking these hours will not adversely affect your studies or their duration.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Our volunteers for a group photo on a presentation day during Volunteers Week
  • Conservation
  • 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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