We offer a range of opportunities that provide valuable experience and a chance to develop knowledge and skill in a real and exciting working environment. These programmes can also give insight into particular careers at Historic Royal Palaces and allow you to see behind the scenes of our magnificent historic buildings.
Our apprentice programmes are typically of one to three years duration and consist of a standard programme of work experience and learning, together with 'off the job' learning/education, leading to a nationally recognised qualification. All our apprentices are paid at least the London Living Wage. At present we have apprentice programmes in Gardens and Estates, Frontline Visitor Services, Information Systems and Learning and Engagement.
Gardens and Estates
Our paid intern programmes are typically of 6 to 12 months duration and consist of a structured programme of work experience and learning. All our interns are paid at least the London Living Wage. We currently have paid intern programmes in Retail, Conservation, Curatorial, Marketing/PR and Human Resources.
Historic Royal Palaces is an equal opportunities employer and truly values a diverse workforce. Applications are welcome from candidates regardless of their background.
For further information about our internships and apprenticeships please contact AppsInterns@hrp.org.uk
Work Experience Placements
We are able to offer school work experience placements at both the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace. These opportunities are focused towards students in Years 10 – 13 from local community schools.
A work experience student at Hampton Court Palace
If you would like to find out more or enquire about work experience opportunities please contact Sarah.Searle@hrp.org.uk
Jacob came to an interview for an apprentice electrician job at Kensington Palace in 2008. He was a young man of 18 enrolled at the College of North West London. Jacob sucessfully won the apprenticeship, which was funded by the Grosvenor Trust, and he began working with electrical contractors ‘Darke & Taylor’ on a two year re-presentation of Kensington Palace, which offered him on-site training and experience.
Jacob is now a fully qualified electrician and looks back on his time fondly: 'Those 2 years on the Kensington Palace site were a great all-round experience for me, I learned a lot, especially about working in historic buildings. I had a good time with highs and lows.' He added, 'But I’ll never forget pulling heavy armoured electrical cables in the pouring rain and knee deep in mud on the East Front!'
When I graduated from university, like many new graduates, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my degree. I had previously worked in retail and managed to get a job in a department store but didn’t feel it was for me and I wanted to try something new. I took a risk and left full time work to start a 6 month paid internship with the Retail Business Development department at Historic Royal Palaces. I quickly found that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
The practical skills and experience I gained from the internship really inspired me and opened my eyes to a whole new career in e-commerce that I had never considered before. When my internship came to an end I applied for an E-commerce assistant role with Historic Royal Palaces and am thrilled to say was successful. I feel that my internship was instrumental to my success and has allowed me to find a career that I am excited about in a valuable organisation.