Student placements are designed for those still in formal education and are seeking to gain hands-on work experience, either as a term in industry part-way through a course or during the summer break.
In what areas does Royal Collection Trust offer student placements?
Royal Collection Trust offers placements in a broad range of fields, which currently include:
- Conservation (works of art, paintings, works of paper and books)
- Collections management
How long do student placements with Royal Collection Trust last?
Work placements within Royal Collection Trust usually last for three months and largely take place during the summer, from June to August. All our placements are structured and are sufficient in length to allow a breadth of experience while working on a specific project for your portfolio.
What can I expect to get out of a student placement with Royal Collection Trust?
A student placement will allow you to:
- Apply your academic knowledge to the workplace;
- Gain hands-on experience in a unique environment;
- Work alongside world-class experts in their field;
- Develop the knowledge required for a successful career within your chosen field;
- Learn and practice key skills through the completion of a project;
- Develop a network of contacts;
- Benefit from support and mentoring in your chosen career path;
- Improve your CV and increase your future career prospects.
What will I do during a Royal Collection Trust student placement?
The exact content of each placement will vary depending on the field of work. Broadly, you can expect to work alongside the relevant team of experts and be fully integrated into their day-to-day working activities. You will be guided through a training programme, so you can apply your academic knowledge to your chosen field of work. Additionally, all our work-placement students are assigned to a mentor and/or supervisor, with whom they will set specific learning objectives to be attained during the placement. Students can expect to have regular review meetings with their supervisor.
What must I commit to?
We expect our work-placement students to commit to the advertised hours and duration of the placement, so that they can benefit fully from the experience.
Where will I be based?
This will be dependant on the specific field of work. We currently run student placements at St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
What contribution can I expect for taking part in a Royal Collection Trust student placement?
Royal Collection Trust will reimburse reasonable travel expenses (on presentation of proof of purchase). We also provide lunch and other benefits.
What are the selection criteria?
This will vary depending on the field of work. You will need to be a current student and part-way through a full-time course in an area relevant to the placement you are applying for. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate interest in their chosen field of work.
Where does Royal Collection Trust advertise its placements?
Student placements are advertised on this website, on the British Monarchy website, discipline-specific websites and journals, in training colleges and universities.