Work experience is a great way to get a feel for a profession, so if you’re curious about what we do at the Museum then why not apply for a work experience placement?

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We offer work experience to the following groups: 

  • Secondary school students through our Schools Programme

  •  Our Youth Programme offers work experience to young people aged 14 to 18 living or being educated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich


Our work experience placement offers secondary school students the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see what we do on a day-to-day basis and what our various programmes offer to visitors.

The placement takes place at either the Royal Observatory or the National Maritime Museum. 

Royal Observatory 

Work experience here will focus on astronomy and science communication. You will be involved in a number of things, including, but not limited to: 

  • Creating posts for Twitter 

  • Observing and evaluating school and public sessions 

  • Writing a script for the Look Up! podcast 

  • Meeting and talking to astronomers 

The successful applicants will spend one week in August at the Observatory. There will be six placements available, with two students each week. Due to capacity, we are unable to host students outside of this time and we are only able to host students studying full-time in the UK.

Find out more about work experience at the Royal Observatory

If you have a query regarding work experience at the Royal Observatory, please contact

National Maritime Museum

This placement is based at the National Maritime Museum within the Engagement team. There are additional opportunities to explore the Queen’s House, Cutty Sark and Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre. Some of the previous placements have involved:

  • Working with the schools team, family programme, visitor services, library team, exhibitions and interpretation departments

  • Undertaking focused project work (if possible, this will be tailored to your particular area of interest)  

  • Learning new skills such as using digital audio recording

  • CV writing workshops

This programme runs throughout the school year and has limited capacity. Applications for summer term 2024 placements are now closed. If you are interested in applying for a placement from September 2024, please email with 'School work experience' as the subject line. Please include:

  • The name and address of your school 

  • The dates of your work experience placement 

  • Why you would like to undertake work experience at Royal Museums Greenwich  

  • Any relevant interests you have 

Young people

We run short-term work experience programmes for Young People aged 14 to 18 during school holidays at the National Maritime Museum through our Youth Programme. 

Please note that due to our funding, this offer is only available to young people who live, work, or are educated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The next time we deliver this programme will be in Autumn 2023, please keep an eye on this page for the open call in the coming months.

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