Christie's UK Graduate Internships

What is a Graduate Intern?
Christie’s allows successful applicants to spend six months working within the Company gaining an insight into the work of an international auction house and observing the day-to-day operations.

The programme is run for the benefit of applicants with a genuine interest in art, business or a career in the Art World. It aims, by allowing interns to immerse themselves in the practical operations of the company, to provide an insight into Christie’s work and its role in the Art World.

Number of Internships
We anticipate to be recruiting for approximately 10 Graduate Interns per intake and Christie’s does receive a large number of applications for these Internships.

Practical Experience/Objectives
Christie’s believes that experience is best gained through practical involvement in the activities of our departments. As a result Graduate Interns will be given the opportunity to participate in ways which are designed to enable them to gain an overview of each different aspect of the department’s activities.

Normal tasks allocated include:
  • Administration
  • Archiving
  • Catalogue notes
  • Research
  • Managing libraries
  • Helping to set up exhibitions
  • Covering phones
  • Specific projects

Terms, Conditions and Payment
Graduate Interns will be employed on a six month fixed-term temporary contract with an initial one month probationary period at the beginning of the programme. Graduate Interns will be entitled to £240 per week. There are two intakes a year in January and July. To allow others an opportunity to gain experience we regret that Internships cannot extend beyond a total duration of 12 months.

The standard hours worked by Christie’s are 9:00am to 5:00pm. In order to ensure that Graduate Interns benefit to the greatest extent possible from their experiences at Christie’s we recommend that they keep to these hours.

Many of Christie’s most exciting and interesting events and activities such as major sales and functions take place in the evenings. We strongly recommend that Graduate Interns become involved in these events – if possible by taking an active role in their organisation.

Dress Code
Professional and appropriate attire is expected of all Graduate Interns. For women this means dresses, skirts or tailored trouser suits. Men must wear a suit and tie. Jackets must always be worn in public areas.

Choice of Department
Graduate Interns will be allocated to a department depending on their specified choice and availability. Although we do everything in our power to place them in the department of their choice, this is not always possible due to the number of applicants and places available in those departments. Please be assured that wherever individuals are placed they will gain an overall insight into Christie's, whether it is in a specialist, business or administrative department.

Please note that some departments (e.g. Impressionist & Modern Art) are not available for selection under the standard programme, this is due to the fact that their Graduate Internships commence in September and March. If you are interested in these departments, please keep your eye on the website under “Job Opportunities” where these Internships will be advertised as and when they become available. (around July/August & January/February).

For internship opportunities in the Post-War & Contemporary Art department:

April 2016 - July 2016
August 2016 - November 2016
December 2016 - March 2016

Please email your CV, cover letter and dates of availability to

We undertake a selection process based on formal criteria, the application form and an interview. Examples of the key criteria include:
  • History of Art Graduate (or other relevant major)
  • Previous work experience – both voluntary and paid – within the Art Sector
  • Language Skills (fluent in English plus one other European language)
  • Ability to demonstrate client facing experience

How to apply
To apply, please visit Christie's Job Opportunities website and click onto 'Current Vacancies'.

Working Documentation
Applicants from abroad must also be able to demonstrate to our satisfaction that they have all necessary permissions and papers to enable them to attend at Christie's as a Graduate Intern. We do not organise Visas for those individuals coming from abroad.

Graduate Internship Dates and Application Deadlines:

Intake – July 2016
Application window – 1 March 2016 to 30 June 2016

Intake – January 2017
Application window – 1 October 2016 to 31 December 2016

Please note we also have specific internship placements throughout the year that do not always fall into the above application/intake periods, we also advise you to review our Christie’s Career Opportunities regularly.

Download Graduate Internship Guidelines