London Graduate Internships

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What is the Graduate Intern programme?

The programme is run for the benefit of applicants with a genuine interest in art, business or a career in the art world. Successful applicants get to spend six months working within Christie’s, gaining an insight into the work of an international auction house, observing the day-to-day operations of the company and its role in the art world.

Number of Internships

We recruit approximately 10 Graduate Interns per intake. There are two intakes a year, in January and July.

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 designed to enable them to gain an overview of each aspect of the department’s activities.

Normal tasks include:

  • Administration
  • Archiving
  • Catalogue notes
  • Research
  • Managing libraries
  • Helping to set up exhibitions
  • Covering phones
  • Specific projects

Terms, conditions, payment

Graduate Interns will be employed on a six-month fixed-term temporary contract with a one-month probationary period at the beginning of the programme. Graduate Interns will be entitled to £252 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.

Hours

The standard hours worked by Christie’s are 9am to 5pm. In order to ensure that Graduate Interns benefit to the greatest extent from their experience at Christie’s we recommend 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 interns 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 the Impressionist & Modern Art department and the Post-War & Contemporary Art department are not available for selection under the standard programme. If you are interested in these departments, please check the Job Opportunities section of the website where these Internships will be advertised as and when they become available.

The Post-War & Contemporary Art department offer 3 month Research Internship opportunities to graduates throughout the year. If you would like to be considered please email your CV, cover letter and dates of availability to pwcinternships@christies.com.

Eligibility

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)
• Client-facing experience

How to apply

To apply, please visit Christie's Job Opportunities website and click '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 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 - 30 June 2016

Intake: January 2017
Application window: 1 October 2016 - 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 advise you to review our Christie’s Career Opportunities regularly.

Download Graduate Internship Guidelines

Intern Testimonials

  • Edmund Bernard
    Edmund Bernard
    Intern, Estates, Appraisals and Valuations, London

    I started at Christie’s in March 2014 as a Graduate Intern in the Estates, Appraisals & Valuations department. It was, and still is, an incredibly welcoming department, where the whole team (and particularly those in charge) encourage and allow everybody to thrive and develop.

    As a department, we’re involved with every sort of client and item, from jewellery to furniture to masterpiece paintings. It’s a great place to see into all corners of Christie’s, and to contribute to a real variety of appraisals and consignments.

    After two months as an Intern, I was given the opportunity to apply for the Administrator role. The management team had been fantastic at letting me get stuck in quickly, and at training me on the various systems we use, so it seemed a step in the right direction. The Administrator role was a real gear change in terms of workload and responsibilities, but in such a supportive department, it’s hard to say no to a challenge.

    After four months in that role, I was invited again to apply for a position as Valuation Coordinator. Again, the department was brilliant at allowing me room to develop, and I think anybody would leap at the opportunity to continue to prove his or herself.

    It’s a lot easier to progress and flourish when you enjoy what you do so much. I owe an enormous amount to my managers, and I’m very keen to do what I can to continue on this upward path. ”

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Mathilda Paccia Folkins
    Mathilda Paccia Folkins
    Intern, Valuations and Islamic Art, London

    I first entered Christie’s in 2013 as an intern in the Valuations department. After completing one internship I moved into the Islamic Art department as their sale intern. Both were excellent teaching opportunities and gave me a real overall scope of Christie’s as a business.

    Having learnt the ins and outs of a sale and business department, I was able to enter my new role as a personal assistant in the Chairman’s office with relative ease. The confidence and understanding I gained from my internships have been a great help to me in becoming a part of the Christie’s team and I am now looking forward to furthering my career with the company. ”