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Academic Programmes Intern

Royal Academy of Arts
Art Education and Academia, Art Museums and Institutions
   Location: London
   Salary: £10.75 per hour
Experience: Junior Level
  Organisation: Royal Academy of Arts
Deadline: 15/03/2020

About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions. We are best known for our world-class programme of exhibitions, including David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture, Anselm Kiefer, Ai Weiwei, Antony Gormley and our current Picasso and Paper.

This is a particularly exciting time in our history. Sir David Chipperfield CBE RA’s masterplan for the redevelopment of our 2.5-acre campus in Mayfair has now been realised, uniting our two buildings and providing Burlington Gardens with refurbished galleries, a state-of-the-art auditorium, new public spaces and a dedicated collections gallery. The General Assembly of Royal Academicians elected Rebecca Salter as their new President in December 2019, the first woman to hold that office in our 251-year history.

We are an innovative and forward-looking organisation, yet we’re also immensely proud and respectful of our heritage. Our mission is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists, and we are leaders in exhibiting, creating and debating the visual arts and architecture.


About this position

Our Academic Programmes Department aims to establish the RA as the centre for debate, academic and adult education in London. The team creates a varied and innovative programme of short courses, conference and symposia that engage core audiences and attract new ones. The programme encompasses three strands – art practice, art business and art history & theory, and explores a range of subjects from life drawing to the history of landscape and is led by expert tutors and practicing artists. In addition, the Department runs the Executive Master in Cultural Leadership, which was launched in January 2019.

In this role you will have an exciting opportunity to contribute to the Academic Programmes department at the RA to deliver an ambitious programme of courses and classes. The intern will assist the Academic Programmes team, consisting of the Academic Programmes Manager and the Academic Programmes Coordinators.

Please note, this is a 3-month internship.


About you

You will be a bright, motivated and resourceful recent graduate, or postgraduate student, who is eager to gain experience of working for a thriving academic programme in a world-renowned arts institution.

A willingness to learn and contribute positively, first class attention to detail, a professional and friendly telephone and email manner, along with an organised and pragmatic approach to tasks are essential. You will also have a demonstrable interest in acadaemia and knowledge of visual art.

Calm and unflappable, you must be able to work at pace, unsupervised and use your initiative. Highly IT literate, including Word, Excel and Power Point, you will be a fast and accurate typist.  Lastly you will have a collegiate attitude and bring a sense of humour to the existing, friendly team.


How to apply
You will find further details about this position in the Current Vacancies and How to Apply section of the Careers page on our website

Closing date for applications:         15 March 2020 (midnight)

Interviews to be held:                       w/c 16 March 2020





JOB TITLE:                Academic Programmes Intern
DEPARTMENT:         Academic Programmes
REPORTS TO:           Academic Programmes Manager



To assist the Academic Programmes team in delivering the programme of academic courses, classes and events for adult audiences.


  • Assist the team in design and delivery of the programme of courses. It is vital that you have a flexible and enthusiastic approach to event delivery including working evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Contribute to the organisation, logistics and implementation of the ongoing programme of courses and classes.
  • Act as point of contact for enquiries by phone, fax, email and in person.
  • Work with a range of colleagues to ensure the smooth running of events, scheduling appointments, delivering a warm welcome to participants and students and ensure a high standard of customer service and participant experience throughout.
  • Collect data and update databases regarding individual events; contribute to the collection, input and management of both qualitative and quantitative data. A proficiency with Excel is important and an interest in the competitive landscape.
  • Work effectively with colleagues across the Academy and inform them of any changes or updates to events.
  • Regularly review internal calendars and external events; contribute to the timetabling of meetings and dealing in a professional way with guest lists and confidential information.
  • Carry out post-event administration, including recording evaluation data and transcribing lectures.
  • Proofread text for publications, check for accuracy and gather images as required.
  • Ensure that Health and Safety policies, procedures and regulations are known, understood and complied with.
  • Undertake any other task which may reasonably allocated by the Academic Programmes team.
  • Be willing to work regular weekends and evenings as required.




  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – first-class written, proof-reading and oral skills.
  • Attention to detail, patience, tact and a confident, personable manner.
  • Demonstrable aptitude with MS Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint and experience of databases and data management. Good knowledge of Excel.
  • Good team player – willingness to work closely with colleagues in providing a high-quality service.
  • Proactive in approach and resourceful.
  • Hard work ethic, willingness to go the extra mile and take pride in output.
  • Wider interest in visual arts and cultural and creative sectors with an understanding of the work and objectives of the Royal Academy of Arts and commitment to the objects of the academic programmes team and wider organisation.

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