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The Gallery usually offers two rounds of internships per year coinciding with Australian university semester schedules.

First semester 2016

The Gallery is seeking the following interns. Start dates and internship periods may vary.

Closing date for applications: 18 March 2016

Conservation (PDF 134.5 KB)

Curatorial: photography (PDF 187.7 KB)

Learning and Participation (Art After Hours) (PDF 161.8 KB)

Legal (PDF 161.5 KB)

Registration (PDF 161.1 KB)

How to apply

Step 1

Your application should respond to one of the calls for interns listed above. Download and read the description carefully. You will need to address the selection criteria in your cover letter.

Step 2

Download, print and complete the application form.

Application form (PDF 76.8 KB)

Step 3

Post or email the following:

  • completed application form
  • cover letter (as above)
  • curriculum vitae
  • contact details of two referees (recent or current lecturers/tutors recommended)
  • sample of written work (if specified)
  • any other documents from your educational institution supporting your case for internship and detailing internship requirements


Tertiary programs co-ordinator
c/o Learning and Participation
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road
The Domain, Sydney NSW 2000

Conservation internships available

In addition to internships advertised in the two annual rounds, the Gallery accepts applications all year from applicants who are currently enrolled or recently graduated from a recognised tertiary degree in materials conservation in Australia or overseas.

Applications in the following areas of specialisation will be considered: paintings, paper, objects and frames. Successful applicants will work in their area of specialisation, undertaking treatment and research projects under the supervision of the relevant head of section.

Conservation internships can be any length from three weeks to one year.

Applications should include include a cover letter clearly outlining your area of specialisation in art conservation, your experience to date, anticipated internship dates and any supervision requirements.

Internships on speculation

The Gallery is generally unable to take on interns who apply for an internship outside of specified opportunities. However, we may occasionally consider proposals for a specific project for which you possess specialised skills/experience. You should outline your proposed project in as much detail as possible, nominating the specific department with which your project could sit (eg, curatorial, public programs, conservation, marketing) and demonstrating your relevant skills and experience. Applicants should demonstrate a strong familiarity with the Gallery, our collections, operations and structure.


The Gallery usually offers two rounds of internships per year coinciding with Australian university semester schedules.

These internships are greatly sought after, which makes the application process highly competitive.

  • Internships are generally available only to currently enrolled tertiary-level students.
  • Priority is given to students enrolled in museum studies, art history, visual arts, art education or arts administration courses, and in particular to those students for whom an internship is a course requirement.
  • Preference is given to students enrolled in educational institutions in New South Wales.
  • Each application will be assessed on its merits.
  • Successful applicants will be interviewed to further determine their suitability and may be subject to security clearance and working-with-children checks.