Work Placements and Traineeships

APAC’s Institutional Members may offer voluntary work placements and/or paid traineeships. This page lists current opportunities.

Traineeships

National Theatre Archive, London

The NT Archive offers one paid traineeship, the Archive Assistant role, annually in September. This post is for a trainee who intends to pursue a career in archives administration or records management.

  • The post is advertised on the NT website and on the ARCHIVES-NRA list on www.jiscmail.ac.uk.
  • Location: NT Archive, NT Studio, 83-101 The Cut, SE1 8LL (note: not main NT site, but close by)
  • Contact: Erin Lee, Head of Archive, archive@nationaltheatre.org.uk
  • When contacting the archive, please mention that you saw the announcement on the APAC website.

 

Voluntary Work Placements

National Theatre Archive, London

The NT Archive operates a rolling scheme offering voluntary, unpaid work experience placements. We like to offer work experience candidates a variety of work so that they gain an understanding of archives, the archive profession and the operations of the National Theatre.

  • Work experience placements are expected to be able to work well both independently and as part of the Archive team. Candidates are either set an individual task so that they can have a sense of ownership and fulfilment in completing a task, or they are involved in ongoing projects within the department. Tasks may include but not be limited to listing, cataloguing using our archival software system CALM, conducting research, de-accessioning, and repackaging.
  • Duration of placement: either 2 weeks full time or a couple of days a week for several weeks
  • Location: NT Archive, NT Studio, 83-101 The Cut, SE1 8LL (note: not main NT site)
  • Reimbursement: Daily lunch and travel expenses can be reimbursed on production of receipts
  • Contact: Erin Lee, Head of Archive, archive@nationaltheatre.org.uk
  • When contacting the archive, please mention that you saw the announcement on the APAC website.

 

Rambert Archive, London

Rambert is Britain’s oldest dance company and is the national company for contemporary dance. The Rambert Archive documents the development of British dance at home and abroad. The Rambert Archive welcomes volunteers who would like to support the work of the archive.

  • Volunteers benefit from learning a range of archive skills as fits their individual interest and are able to get involved behind the scenes of this touring dance company.
  • Tasks include scanning, sorting, listing and repackaging archive material. Working with born digital collections is another option.
  • Duration of placement: At the volunteer’s discretion subject to the needs of the archive.
  • Location: Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PP
  • Reimbursement: Travel expenses within London can be reimbursed on production of receipts. If a full day of volunteering is carried out, volunteers may also claim lunch expenses.
  • Contact: archive@rambert.org.uk
  • When contacting the archivist, please mention that you saw the announcement on the APAC website.

 

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Theatre and Performance, London

The V&A holds the UK’s National Collection for the Performing Arts documenting current practice and the history of all areas of the performing arts, including dance, drama, opera, circus, puppetry, comedy, musical theatre, popular music, pantomime, set design and more. The collection is very diverse and candidates approach us for many reasons, but particularly when considering a career in archive, library or museum studies and seeking relevant pre-course experience.

  • Work placements are expected to work well both independently and as part of the curatorial team. Candidates are generally given an individual task along with involvement in ongoing departmental projects. Tasks are varied and may include listing, cataloguing, sorting and filing programmes, rehousing or digitisation.
  • Please note, that this is a voluntary and unpaid placememt.
  • Duration of placement: generally 20 working days either part-time or full-time
  • Location: V&A Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, W14 0QX London (please note that it is not at the V&A South Kensington)
  • Contact: Sabrina Offord, Archivist and Conservation Manager, Department of Theatre and Performance tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk
  • When contacting the archive, please mention that you saw the announcement on the APAC website.