Department of Classics and Archaeology

Work experience for Classics and Archaeology students

We have contacts with a wide range of local and national bodies, who provide our students with short-term and long-term work experience placements and volunteering opportunities.

Our students have completed work experience with the National Trust, the Nottingham City Museums Service, and at the British Museum.

Why get involved?

Work placements and volunteering are ideal for showing passion for your subject, proving that you are driven to succeed, and gaining new skills. You will be able to:

    • Stand out from the crowd 
    • Try a career path and see if it's for you
    • Develop as an independent learner and build your skills
    • Follow your passions and give back to the community
When it comes to applying for jobs in the heritage sector, if you haven’t done other things, you’re not going to stand out. Take those voluntary opportunities, go on the digs, get involved with schools, the museum, the Lakeside Arts centre... You'll stand out and have an amazing time doing it.

Impact of the coronavirus on work placements, field trips and volunteering

We work with a range of organisations to provide work placements, field trips and volunteer opportunities. As you'll appreciate they are all disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

We expect opportunities to run as usual from the academic year 2021/22 but this cannot be guaranteed. We will do our best to arrange suitable activities as previous students always tell us how valuable these opportunities are.

Our Careers and Employment Service have arranged online work experience opportunities that you can do from home including internships, placements, insights and vacation schemes.

Museum of Archaeology 


Our on-site Museum of Archaeology has a dedicated student volunteer programme to train and support students wanting careers in museums, heritage or education.

You can get involved in:

  • collection management 
  • researching, cataloguing and conservation of museum objects 
  • outreach and education programmes
  • the museum's travelling exhibition, 'In Search of Margidunum', which brings real Roman artefacts, replicas and dressing-up clothes to local schools 



Digital Transformations Hub (DTH)


What's on offer?

The DTH student volunteers scheme offers any Faulty of Arts student the chance to learn digital and transferable skills, and gain valuable work experience.

How it works

Each year, they take on a group of around 20 students to volunteer in the Hub and work on real world projects.

After training in digital imaging, volunteers choose to join one or two of our several digital projects. 

More about volunteering at DTH

Read Ciara's blog about her experience

I have not only gained digital media skills learning how to use new software and produce content, but I have also improved upon my communication skills, time-management, and organisational skills, all of which are very valuable on a CV.
Ciara Murply, second-year Classical Civilisation student and volunteer


Nottingham Advantage Award


What is it?

The Award is the University's free employability scheme that helps you prepare for the job market and formally recognises your extracurricular activities. 

Find out more

Read the latest blog

How to boost your employability with the Advantage Award

They set me up with a local museum in Erewash. My first job is sorting out their Instagram, as it’s a bit outdated. Then I’m helping with an exhibition aimed at Nottingham students. Part of my job will be helping create this exhibition, then also promoting it with the student demographic.
Hannah Parker, second-year Classical Civilisation student and Nottingham Advantage Award participant

Other opportunities to build your skills



Department of Classics and Archaeology

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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