Trainee on the Skills for the Future training programme at Tate

Join Tate as an intern and you’ll gain a valuable insight into the arts, and opportunities to work on interesting projects and learn new, practical skills

It will also help you decide if you wish to pursue a career in the arts sector, and which areas you would like to specialise in.

What is a Tate internship

An internship with Tate will enable you to participate in some of the most exciting gallery work nationally and internationally in a really stimulating environment. This will in turn give you a number of formal and informal learning opportunities that will assist you with your future career.

You don’t need previous experience of working in a museum or gallery to undertake an internship at Tate. Our aim is to attract people to join us as interns who might not have thought about working in our sector before or who have not had the opportunity to experience what this might be like. We are looking for people who can demonstrate why they would benefit most from an internship at Tate both in terms of furthering their personal or professional development and who, in return, would have a new and different perspective to bring to our work.

We offer internships in a range of fields including curatorial, marketing, learning and collection care with each placement generally lasting between four and six months. We also recruit for traineeships and fellowships, and these placements can last between one year and 18 months.

During your internship, you’ll receive support from your team and a dedicated supervisor who will help you decide what you want to get out of the internship, and what skills and knowledge you wish to develop. You’ll be set specific objectives associated with the projects you work on and will have regular review meetings to gauge how you are doing.

At the end of the placement we’ll assess your progress with you and look at what you might want to do in the future. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to guarantee employment at Tate once your internship placement comes to an end.

Who can apply?

Our internships are open to everyone who is over 18 and has the right to work in the UK. Every application will be considered equally without regard to age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion and belief or sexual orientation. You will need to demonstrate potential and show a passion for what we do.

Through our internship programme we want to open up working to Tate to people from all backgrounds and increase the diversity of our workforce. We encourage applications from those from black, ethnic minority and disabled applicants as these groups are currently underrepresented in our sector.

If you have already undertaken an internship in the arts sector or Tate in the past, or have already gained similar experience, an internship at Tate may not be right for you. You might like to explore our current vacancies instead.

The application process

We want to provide routes into the arts sector for as many people as possible, so have a number of ways in which we recruit for internship opportunities. Some internships are recruited to through universities who partner with us for placements that are linked to specific courses. We also partner with other local organisations and charities.

Some of the organisations that we are currently working with are listed below:

  • Kids Company
  • SE1 United
  • Better Bankside
  • Jobscentre Plus

Some of our internships are advertised here on our website or posted via our twitter feed too. The process of applying for one of our internships begins with an online application form. If your application is successful, we’ll invite you in for an interview with the team that you could be working with. It’s a great way for you to find out more about us, and for us to find out more about you.

We respond to all applicants to let them know the outcome of their application, but unfortunately we aren’t able to give feedback to unsuccessful applicants at shortlisting stage, due to the high volume of applications we receive. Speculative applications will not be considered – you’ll need to respond to a specific advert.