2018 interns at Waddesdon
Posted 25 April 2018

Behind the scenes

A word from the interns

We've been running an internship programme since 2016, offering opportunities across a range of departments from birdkeeping to conservation, learning to marketing.

Six new interns joined in January this year, and as they sadly have just a few weeks left with us here at Waddesdon, we spoke to them to find out more about their highlights, and the experiences they have had.

Tia, Education & Learning Intern
“Although it’s a cliché, every day and every week really is different and I love that. So far, I’ve done everything from paper macheing and painting tree-trunks, selling half-term trails, redecorating the education room to delivering a school session on the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Silent Forest campaign. My favourite part of the internship is interacting with the public (especially when it involves dressing up!).”

Chloe, Marketing & Communications Intern
“Having wanted to pursue a career in the heritage industry for some time, I’m thrilled to be at Waddesdon, and often have to pinch myself when wandering the grounds in my lunch break. One of the highlights so far would have to be Wedding Inspiration Day; I am so proud to have played a part in such a beautiful event, and am thrilled that it was so successful. I was also able to attend the Silver Caesars lecture at Spencer House recently, and was reminded once again how lucky I am to be involved with such a special place.”

Vicky, Conservation Assistant Intern
“Starting in the winter season, I had the opportunity to assist both in the deep clean and waking up of the house for the beginning of the new season. In addition to this, I’ve been able to help oversee filming with Kate Malone and make way for the upcoming Silver Caesars exhibition. My work here has allowed me to get up close and personal with Guardi, Sèvres, Minton, Savonnerie and countless other treasures.”

Abbie, Rothschild Foundation Intern
“I have been participating in a wide range of activities such as meeting with grant applicants, attending a Trustee meeting at the London office and participating in the rehang of a Jan Wyck painting at Spencer House. From my first day the Rothschild Foundation team were extremely welcoming and have continued to be incredibly supportive throughout my internship. They have generously imparted their expert knowledge and have helped me to learn a variety of indispensable skills.”

Will, Conservation Assistant Intern
“Being an intern in the department has been an amazing and incredibly rewarding experience, and I have loved every second of it. Among other things, I have been tasked with helping out with cleaning and conservation throughout the house, such as cleaning marblework, paintings, tapestries and copper (although cleaning chandeliers in particular was a bit nerve-wracking!).”

Francesca, Marketing & Communications Intern
“As an intern in the Marketing department there is lots to do, and I have been having a go at different aspects of marketing at Waddesdon: from doing tweets and Instagrams to helping on email campaigns, and not to mention changing the leaflets and posters onsite. A highlight so far has definitely been the tours that we have been given, with a talk at the Aviary and a visit to Flint House.”

Applications are now open for our January to May 2019 Internships. Deadline Tuesday 27 November 2018.

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