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The National Gallery of Australia is a leading art museum in Australia with national and international status, and recognises its responsibility to maintain and raise the standards of gallery and museum related scholarship and practice. The Gallery actively encourages the sharing of expertise by inviting and accepting interns and work experience placements.


We offer placements in a wide range of functions in a number of areas to provide as broad an experience as possible.

Students studying the visual arts, arts/museum administration, conservation or an area in which the Gallery has an identified expertise will be given priority over other applicants.

Work experience placements are generally provided for a period of one week working Monday to Friday. Intern placements are generally for an agreed time each week over a number of weeks or months and are for tertiary students requiring the placement as a compulsory component of their studies.

Due to the working environments in some areas, placements may be limited to tertiary students and protective clothing including steel capped footwear may be required. Other placements may require closed in shoes. These will be advised when the application has been accepted.

How to apply

Students or Work Experience Coordinators need to apply as early as possible as placements are limited. To request a placement please complete the intern and work experience application.

All applications will be considered on their merits and approval will only be given if the Gallery can effectively and efficiently balance the needs of the intern or work experience placement with the requirements to fulfil the scheduled work program.

Once the application is received, HRM will contact the relevant work areas to seek agreement to the placement and then written advice will be sent back to the student or Work Experience Coordinator