Each year over half a million school children in Great Britain complete one or two weeks' work experience in a variety of organisations. Find out why we value work experience at National Museums Scotland and what opportunities are available.

We currently have no work experience opportunities left at the moment but please check back with us again in the Autumn.

Why is work experience important?

Our vision at National Museums Scotland to be a World Class Museum that “inspires people, connecting Scotland to the world and the world to Scotland” is particularly significant in helping young people prepare for life and the world of work.

At National Museums Scotland we recognise the value work experience offers to young people in developing key skills in active citizenship, increased self-esteem, communication, organisation, teamwork and ICT.

It can also increase a young person’s awareness of career choices available within a museum environment, and promote the concept of lifelong learning by helping to raise awareness of how rights and responsibilities, equal opportunities, health and safety and environmental issues apply in the workplace.

You can read about the experiences of some of our students on our blog.

Only one application per person is allowed, therefore sending multiple forms for each opportunity offered will greatly affect your chances of not being selected. Ideally you should apply up to eight weeks before your school's work experience week is due to take place, in order for us to administer your application properly.

How will selection take place?

Selection will be made based on a number of factors:

  • The information supplied on the application form, and if it is a good match with the requirements of the department.
  • The availability of appropriate tasks and staff time to supervise these activities during the period of the placement.
  • The number of young people already placed in a department at the time of your application.
  • The dates you apply to come to National Museums Scotland are part of your schools Work Experience week.

Competition for a placement is extremely high, so please bear this in mind when filling out your application.

When will I hear if I have been selected?

As work experience at our museums is very popular and due to the number of application forms we receive, we are sorry we cannot acknowledge a receipt of your form. For this reason you will only be contacted again if your application has been successful and we would like to offer you a place; or you are being invited to attend an interview to help select the best candidate. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the placement date it is unlikely you have been successful.

Find out more

Contact us

Deborah Wilson
Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: 0131 247 4433

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