Almost 40 people work in the University of Tartu Museum, and we have an average of 25,000 visitors each year. We operate in three buildings: in Estonia’s oldest art museum in the university’s main building; in the Old Observatory, the birthplace of Estonian astronomy; and in the 800-year-old Tartu Cathedral.
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The museum is part of the large staff of the University of Tartu, which includes nearly 3,200 people. See what the university offers its employees.
The University of Tartu Museum welcomes energetic and motivated students from universities and vocational schools who want to practise what they have learned and gain work experience. We offer training, expert guidance and the opportunity to familiarise yourself with various aspects of work in museums.
If you wish to apply for an internship, please send your CV and a short covering letter to the museum’s director of research and internship coordinator, Jaanika Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Internship in museum work includes various areas. The focus of the internship will depend on the student’s area of study, the extent of the internship, and the interests of each intern.
Exhibitions. Have you ever wondered how exhibitions are created? How are the items for the exhibition chosen? Who writes the texts? How do the items get to the exhibition hall? As a curator’s assistant, you will get a good overview of all this and the opportunity to participate in the creation of new exhibitions.
Collections. Work with collections (art, archive, object collections) includes describing and researching the museum pieces and entering data into the museum’s database, MuIS. When working with collections, you gain knowledge about storage conditions and conservation, and engage in research.
Education. The museum offers various educational activities, providing the opportunity to participate in the development and implementation of educational programmes, children’s camps, and so on. This field offers plenty of opportunities in communication and teamwork.
Events. The museum hosts events for audiences of various sizes. Each event is carefully planned to ensure success. When organising events, you will get to work in a team, put your ideas into action and plan communication.
Guided tours. Guiding tours is not merely a presentation of learned text. During the tour guide internship, you will get to contribute to the development of new tours as well as carry out existing ones. This internship helps you to gain knowledge in customer service, and to develop your interpersonal and public-speaking skills.
The museum and its services are aimed at different people. The material for exhibition texts, study resources, the museum’s website and other texts introducing the museum are translated mainly into English, German and Russian, but also into Finnish and Latvian. The translation internship is a great opportunity to practise translating texts that include different terminology and to gain experience in teamwork and time management.
This internship focuses on the museum’s public relations and marketing. Throughout the internship, you will learn how to develop and execute a marketing and communication plan, manage social media channels and the website, and deal with other daily and urgent tasks. Conducting visitor surveys is also an option.
The Museum Shop offers unique and fascinating products that introduce the university museum, its collections and its activities. This internship provides an opportunity to enhance the museum’s sales and participate in product development.