Volunteer

The National Galleries of Scotland’s volunteer programme provides opportunities to help the work of the Galleries and gain valuable experience working in the Arts. We are very grateful to those who give up their time to support us and have roles available in a variety of departments, including Curatorial, Development, Education, Library, Marketing, Digital Media, Press and Visitor Services.

There are different types of volunteer positions available:

Internships – 1 to 3 months full time, or up to 6 months part time, for university students/graduates or those with significant Arts experience, working on a specific arts project from start to finish.

Student placements – 1 to 3 month placements (full/part time) which are part of the academic study plan and involve working on a specific project.

Volunteers – part time roles supporting the day to day activities in a particular team. These are usually a minimum of 3 months commitment and can be for a fixed period or open-ended.

Work experience – week long placements for secondary school pupils, getting involved in some of the support functions of the Galleries.

Work placements – 1 to 3 months placements (full/part time), for those not in Higher Education, getting involved in the day to day work of a department.


Vacancies for internships, placements and volunteering arise regularly and you can register to be kept informed about these. Just visit our jobs section (volunteering and internships) and provide some basic contact details and the different areas of work you are interested in.  You’ll then receive an email with information on how to apply for any new positions.

If you are interested in work experience places, or have any general questions about volunteering, please email the Volunteer Co-ordinator on volunteer@nationalgalleries.org