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 Parliament; 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 spend your first four weeks studying courses with many embedded excursions and three-day field trips. This will put your heritage internship into an academic context and includes a course from the Scottish Heritage program. 

  • 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.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Summer 2016 6/8/2016 8/6/2016 9 $6,980 3/31/2016 More Info
Summer 2017 TBA TBA TBA TBA 3/31/2017  

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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