Earn credit and resume-building experience preserving Scotland’s culture
Internship placements include: heritage sites such as museums, historic houses and architectural units primarily in and around Edinburgh.
Make the most of your summer by gaining invaluable experience working in an organization that is committed to preserving Scotland's historical monuments and artifacts, or to telling the story of Scotland's history, people and culture.
You’ll spend your first four weeks studying courses that will put your heritage internship into an academic context including a course from the Scottish History program. You’ll also take a course in Heritage Management, taught by the former Keeper of Archaeology at National Museums of Scotland. Next, you’ll spend four weeks in your internship placement with an organization in a heritage-related sector that fits your own academic and professional objectives. Placements are available in heritage sites such as museums, historical architectural sites in major cities and throughout Scotland up into the Highlands.
Past research projects have covered topics such as:
The political role of the Hope family between the Union of the Crowns and the Union of the Parliaments
Various topics regarding the Hopetoun House, a historic stately home, including their painting collection, material collections and the role of women at the estate
Research, preservation, data analysis and object descriptions for AOC Archaelogy, a private archaeology organization
The architecture and furniture of Robert Lorimer and his relationship to Whytock and Reid
You’ll also complete an academic project based on independent research and your workplace experience. In the final week of the program, you will present and defend your project in an oral examination.
Courses include field excursions to sites of importance to Scotland's history.