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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.


Thomson Dunlop Conservation Internship at Saint Cecilia’s Hall Concert Room and Music Museum of the University of Edinburgh

Closing Date: Tuesday 30th April 2019

The Music Museum of the University of Edinburgh at St Cecilia’s Hall is offering two internships to teach and extend core skills required for a future career in the conservation and care of musical instruments.  We have two internships available:

  • A conservation internship is available for 8 weeks full-time from 3rd June to 26th July 2019. A stipend of £2831 is attached to the internship, which will develop skills in musical instruments’ conservation in a project environment. 
  • A research and conservation internship is available for 4 weeks full-time from 1st to 28th July 2019. A stipend of £1415 is attached to the internship, which will develop skills in musical instruments’ conservation and research in a project environment. 

This is an exciting opportunity to work with historical instruments of the collection of the University of Edinburgh ( The internships will focus on scientific research and the conservation of historical musical instruments. Although primarily based in the Conservation Studio of St Cecilia’s Hall, both internships will likely liaise with other departments within the University including the Conservation Studio at the Main Library of the University of Edinburgh, and the University Collections Facility. These internships are ideally suited for someone who has recently completed, or is in the final stages of obtaining, a relevant qualification in conservation of musical instruments, objects conservation, or musical instrument making and restoring. 

Essential Criteria: Ranked

  1. Competent skills in conservation of musical instruments, objects conservation, or musical instrument making and restoring
  2. Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
  3. (For the research internship) Competent skills in research and documentation techniques. Knowledge operating and analysing XRF spectroscopy is desirable
  4. An awareness of the importance of historical musical instruments and their preservation
  5. Excellent communication skills; able to work alone and as part of a team
  6. Ability to organise and prioritise own workload
  7. Reasonable physical fitness

Desirable Criteria: Ranked

  1. Previous experience of working with collections
  2. Basic knowledge of design software, photography, or relevant research software
  3. Basic to advanced knowledge of the history of musical instruments


To apply, 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. Applications may be sent via email or post by the 3rd May to Serena Fredrick ( Applicants will be shortlisted and selection will be based on a subsequent, informal interview at the CRC, to be held on 9th May. Please note that expenses to attend the informal interview will not be covered by the University. 

Closing date for applications: 30th April 2019

Interview Date: 9th May 2019

Start date: 3rd June 2019 

For further information, please contact Serena or Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet

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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