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Waddesdon Pathways

In 2023 we launched Waddesdon Pathways, a brand-new, year-long internship programme at Waddesdon. We are now looking for our second cohort to start in September 2024.

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If you are interested in taking part in our 2024/25 internship programme, we would love to invite you to attend our Open Day on 9 May at the Five Arrows Hotel. To register your attendance and to send in your application please email . The Open Day will provide an opportunity to meet with Heads of Department to discuss the available roles in more detail and learn more about this exciting opportunity to start your career in heritage.

Session one – 10:30am – 1pm

Session two – 3:30pm – 5pm

If you are already certain that this programme is for you, we are now open for applications. In order to be considered please tell us your answers to the following questions;

  • What excites you most about Waddesdon and the internship you are interested in? (please select no more than two internships you wish to be considered for and make this clear in your application)
  • What opportunities will this internship provide you with?
  • Why do you think it is important to be involved in heritage for the future of the industry?
  • Tell us about three things that you are passionate about?
  • What qualities do you have to enable you to make a success of the programme?

You may submit your responses in a number of formats;

  • A letter
  • Short video or audio file
  • Presentation
  • Booklet/Magazine
  • Posters

Once applications have been reviewed, the second stage will be an in person interview with the department lead for the internship you are applying for.

Key Dates

  • Applications open 2 April
  • Open Day 9 May – Five Arrows Hotel
  • Application deadline 16 June
  • Interviews 26 and 28 June
  • Week commencing 8 July final decisions communicated
  • 16 September internship commences

If you are passionate about developing a career in heritage, have a positive, resourceful outlook and are ready to join an inspiring organisation, then we want to hear from you! The programme is open to anyone aged 18 and over.

As part of the Waddesdon Pathways internship programme you will…

  • Be encouraged to try new things and be part of a complex, challenging and creative organisation at the Rothschild Foundation.
  • Gain unparalleled experience across several departments and develop new skills throughout the programme, understanding the breadth of what it takes to work for and manage a top heritage visitor attraction.
  • Work in a beautiful setting, in acres of stunning parkland, and have access to our extensive staff events programme, wellbeing sessions, staff discounts/benefits and further training opportunities.
  • Live in on-site accommodation on the Estate for the duration of your traineeship.
  • Receive a Living Wage salary for the duration of your traineeship.
  • Receive 1-1 mentoring and group support throughout the programme.

We believe people are at the heart of our organisation and we want to create a sustainable legacy for the future of the heritage industry by providing opportunities through schemes like Pathways. At Waddesdon we embrace diversity, inclusion, and equality and are committed to developing an inclusive recruitment programme with fantastic opportunities to cultivate passion and skills for the future of the heritage sector.

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We invite applicants to apply in a format that is inspiring to them and we provide opportunities for meetings online and in person through the application process. This year long programme provides accommodation on site at a low service level cost to ensure that this programme is as accessible as possible.

You do not need any specific qualifications for this Internship, although we do look for core GCSE passes. We want to know about your interests, what you are passionate about, your skills, goals and your values – all of which will be drawn out through the application process.


My six months at Waddesdon has confirmed my desire to pursue a Marketing career within a similar heritage institution, and has given me the skills I need to attain this.

Caledonia Quigley, Marketing & Communications Intern

By combining the delivery of activities with office tasks, this internship has helped me to better understand what it means to be an educator in the heritage sector.

Lia Perez, Education & Learning Intern