David Nicholls Curatorial Internship
Since 2010, we’ve had an opening for a Curatorial Internship at the South Georgia Museum. Offered to a recent graduate of the St Andrews University Museum and Gallery Studies course, the position is accompanied by a bursary, funded by the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT).
The internship is named in memory of the founder of SGHT, Brigadier David Nicholls RM. David, an expert mountaineer, led two British Exploring Society groups of young people to the rugged island of South Georgia. He felt South Georgia’s challenging terrain and history of human achievement and fallibility provided a fantastic learning ground for them.
We think that David Nicholls would have been delighted that the internship, offering a very broad experience in many aspects of museum practice, provides a unique opportunity for many young people to launch their successful careers.
For Matthew Moran this opportunity was just what he needed:
“The Curatorial Internship was the key point in my museum career – when I applied there were no other opportunities that were both open at entry-level and also offered genuine responsibility and ownership of the role.
The Curatorial Internship bridged the experience gap between the internships/voluntary roles in junior positions in which I was stuck and the actual paid professional roles I was seeking…. it was absolutely the defining period of my working life, and I continue to feel the benefit of it.”
Working at the South Georgia Museum enabled Lorna Weir to develop key skills, knowledge and confidence for her future career pursuits:“The Curatorial Internship has been incredibly valuable to my museum career. To take on the role as a recent graduate was a big learning curve and allowed me to gain a huge amount of experience and knowledge across all aspects of collections management and curatorial work. To gain that experience so early in my career gave me enormous confidence when pursuing future roles, and I have used the skills and knowledge gained at the South Georgia Museum in every role that I have taken on since.”