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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Explore: Work Experience

The Explore programme is a bespoke Durham University initiative created to enable students to gain valuable experience, contacts and an insight into sectors which either do not traditionally offer internships or in which work experience is difficult to access.

Opportunities can be either short term vacation placements or part-time during term-time, and can offer a skilled resource and a fresh outlook to the host companies. We are looking for partners to host placements in the following sectors:

  • Arts and Heritage
  • Third Sector
  • Public Sector
  • Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs)

If you would like to find out more, please contact

Recent projects have included:

Explore Public Sector:

Better Use of Data internship at Durham County Council

“She worked well with all members of the team and produced a well-developed, informative final report which will help the Council to develop a strategic approach to its analytical requirements.”

“I practiced key skills from my stats course, along with coding practice. I also improved my excel skills. I think I have benefitted from this by knowing now that I actually do enjoy this field.”

Student Feedback

Explore Arts & Heritage:

Collections Internships for Durham Light Infantry Museum, part of Durham County Council

“I am very satisfied with the Explore: Arts & Heritage programme. The interns arrived with such great enthusiasm, this continued throughout their time with us. I believe much of the enthusiasm stemmed from their studies at Durham University. The internship acted as a way for students to put their knowledge into practice and enhance their hands on experience within the Heritage sector. The university contacted me regularly to provide updates. The process of advertising was very straight forward and easy to complete. The calibre of intern was of an extremely high standard. The knowledge and understanding of the museums sector was already very much embedded into their working habits. This made it easier to train interns ahead of tasks.”

Durham Light Infantry

“I had a really enjoyable and beneficial experience working with the programme. My work experience was very enjoyable and gratifying, and I feel like it will give me good experience for future employment… The role has benefited me in terms of employability skills, as it is often difficult to obtain a role in any sort of museum in archive, especially in terms of handling objects and artefacts, without being part of a specialist course. Whilst I am not sure if this is the exact career path I’d want to follow long-term, it has given my invaluable experience in working in the wider history sector and widened my skill set. I have worked a lot of part-time jobs during my time at University (both undergraduate and postgraduate), but this placement was undoubtedly the most useful in terms of my intended career path.”

Student Feedback