Fording the Gap Internships

The Museum of East Anglian Life is working with the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco), which aims to support more young people from underrepresented backgrounds to progress into higher education.

Through our Fording the Gap Internships, we will be offering opportunities for six young people (17-18-year-olds) from Stowmarket South to gain skills and experience at the museum over a six-week period in the summer of 2018. We expect a high level of interest in this unique opportunity and encourage early applications.

The interns will gain workplace experience and skills while being embedded in the museum’s learning, collections and marketing teams. This intensive personal development programme will also include familiarisation trips to universities and a residential visit to London to visit other museums and the theatre. Each intern will have a personal mentor to help them reflect on their progress and achieve their potential. Each intern will receive a bursary of £600.

Regardless of their future choice of career or study, our interns will learn skills and gain experience which will stand them in good stead while also having fun.

There are three types of internship:

Collections Trainees will work with our fantastic collection of objects relating to everyday life in East Anglia. The placement will have two key strands: collections digitisation and research. Trainees will develop their research project over the course of their placement. They will design an interpretive tool to present their research as part of the travelling exhibition or its development – this could be an exhibit, an activity or something else. Trainees may also participate in the photography, measurement and further documentation of objects.
Learning Interns will work with our Learning Officer to design, plan and deliver our summer holidays learning provision for families and young people as well as assisting with the day-to-day elements of running a learning provision. For example, assisting with, and later leading, sessions for our Julia Donaldson-based holiday activities for 2 to 10 year olds. Each session is based around a different Julia Donaldson book and involves art, crafts, baking, exploring the museum site and our collections.
Marketing Interns will work to create content to aid in the promotion of the museum and its activities using social media and the web. This will include using photographic and filming equipment to create content to put out through the museum’s social media channels and planning a campaign around a future museum event.



  • Applicants must live in the Stowmarket South ward
  • Applicants must be aged either 17 or 18 on or by 31 August
  • Applicants should have achieved a grade of C or above in English and Maths at GCSE.
  • Successful applicants need to be able to commit to the following dates over the summer of 2018:
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday 17 July through to Thursday 23 August 2018
  • Mondays 30 July, 6 August, 13 August
  • A residential visit to London will be 6-7 August
  • We particularly welcome applicants who are unsure about their future direction or have no family experience of higher education. A desire for a career in museums or the cultural sector is not necessary: the skills gained through the programme will be useful in any kind of job. The museum welcomes applicants with science and technology interests as well as arts and the humanities.

Application process:

  • To apply, complete the ten questions in this online application form:
  • There will be an interview for shortlisted candidates on Wednesday 13 June at 4.30pm. Please ensure that you remain available for this.


The deadline for applications is 11 June.