Work Experience

Sydney Living Museums’ work experience program for Years 10, 11 and 12 students is designed to provide students with an understanding of what it is like to work in a museum environment and as part of a team. 

Work Experience Placements 
Placements will be offered with our Visitor Services Teams. Among the duties students will have the opportunity to participate in during a work experience placement with the Visitor Services Teams are:

  • Welcoming visitors to the properties
  • Ticketing and cloaking
  • Preparation and pack down of programs
  • Assisting with security
  • Participating on tours
  • Observation of visitor behaviour
  • Administration tasks
  • Assisting with opening of the museum to the public
  • Answering visitor’s questions and providing directions 

Working with the Visitor Services Teams offers students the opportunity to work at least three heritage sites during a week-long placement.

Limited opportunities are also available to work with our Collections and Curatorial staff. Students will have the chance to see how the many and varied elements of museum work come together to create the exhibitions and programs enjoyed by the public. Some of the tasks students will have the opportunity to undertake include:  

  • Learning how collections are stored and recorded
  • Attending project team meetings
  • Administration tasks
  • Assisting with research
  • Helping with equipment checks
  • Assisting historical projects

Work experience with the Collections and Curatorial staff will be offered as part of a weeks’ placement with the remainder of the week being shared across sites with the Visitor Services Teams. 

Applications for 2017 placements will be taken twice during the year:

  • Round 1 – opens 6 February 2017 and closes 6 March 2017 (applicants notified 20 March 2017)
  • Round 2 – opens 7 August 2017 and closes 4 September 2017 (applicants notified 18 September 2017)

Applications for Round 1 are now open.

Applications will not be accepted outside of these periods. All students who submit their application within the application periods will receive communication via email informing them of the outcome of their application. 

Successful placements will be offered from late March to early December 2017. Each placement is limited to one week (five days Monday to Friday) working 10.00am to 3.30pm each day. 

In the interests of fairness only one successful applicant per school will be considered and possibly offered a one week placement, excluding school and public holidays. 

All applications for work experience are subject to the availability of the Team/Properties to accommodate students at the time requested. 

All applications needs to consist of the following:

  1. A completed Request for Work Experience Placement form (attached on the right of this page). 
  2. A statement outlining why you have applied for a work experience placement with Sydney Living Museums and what you hope to achieved during this time 
  3. A brief resume including your personal details, and any relevant skill, interests, hobbies etc 
  4. A copy of your school placement record form.

Please post completed applications to the Recruitment & Training Officer at:
Human Resources
The Mint 10 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Students with special needs
Sydney Living Museums accepts students with special needs as long as support is available and students are suitable for particular Sydney Living Museums work sites. Please contact the Recruitment & Training Officer to discuss necessary arrangements. 


For more information contact

Amanda Milles 
Recruitment & Training Officer
amandam@sydneylivingmuseums.com.au   
02 8239 2351

 

Download application form

Form - Work Experience Application November 2016