The first round of the initiative offered 20 paid internships

MGS secures £416,000 for 2013 interns scheme

Gareth Harris, Issue 112/09, p9, 01.09.2012
HLF funds second round of programme
Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has secured £416,000 in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the second round of its interns programme, which launches next spring.

More than 3,200 graduates applied for the 20 paid internships when the project was launched in October 2011. The successful applicants received tax-free bursaries of £15,000.

“The HLF investment means that MGS can create and offer 20 further year-long, paid internships in 2013,” said an MGS spokeswoman.

Placements in areas ranging from collections management to digital resources development were offered at institutions including the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway and the National Mining Museum Scotland in Midlothian.

Neil Firth, director of the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, said: “The programme has enabled us to work with colleagues across the sector to ensure that we are all engaging with, and sharing, best practice.”

Seven of the 20 interns initially accepted on the scheme have since found full-time employment or been accepted on to academic courses.

“The MGS scheme is an excellent way of helping people train for museum work,” said Maurice Davies, the Museums Association’s head of policy.

“Sadly, most museums can’t afford to pay interns.”