Term:                         6 month Internship (begins on Monday 6th February 2017).

Working Hours:      Five days a week Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00. The post holder will be available for occasional weekend, bank                                     holiday and evening working to suit the seven day operation of our site.

Place of work:         The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Educational Stipend of:    £17,745 pa pro rata,

                                         Up to 10% employers pension contribution

                                        25 days holiday pa pro rata


The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is the gateway to the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. The classical buildings that collectively form the ORNC were designed by some of England’s most renowned architects and are considered to be amongst the finest in Europe. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Located within the grounds are the public areas of the Painted Hall, Chapel, and the Visitor Centre.

Over the next three years the ORNC is embarking on an exciting plan to clean and conserve over 40,000 square feet of wall and ceiling paintings in the magnificent, Grade I listed Painted Hall.

The Painted Hall, described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’, is the grandest piece of decorative painting in England, painted by Sir James Thornhill between 1708 and 1727. It was originally intended as a dining hall for the naval pensioners who lived at the Royal Hospital for Seamen, as the site was then known.


The ORNC is open 362 days a year with public access between the hours of 8am to 11pm and sometimes midnight. In 2014/15 the site attracted over 1.7 million visitors with around 400,000 visiting the Painted Hall.


This is one of the most ambitious conservation projects of a painted historic interior ever undertaken and will take two years to complete. During the project, the Old Royal Naval College is giving the public the unique opportunity to get up close to the paintings on unique ceiling tours of the Painted Hall during conservation.


The opportunity

This internship offers invaluable experience of working in the communications team at a major heritage institution, gaining an understanding and overview of how a well-known heritage site manages its publicity, promotion and marketing. The Heritage Communications Intern will work closely with the communications team and within the wider organisation to develop and deliver a plan to maximise the publicity of the project.

Over six months, the Intern will have the opportunity, under appropriate supervision, to create content for social media, the website and print. They will develop ideas for publicity and promotion, collaborating with other members of the team to generate stories and ideas for promotional purposes. They will gain an insight into communications and the planning and implementation of a marketing campaign. They will gain practical experience, and begin to develop a network of professional contacts.

The internship provides a strong first step towards a career in the communications and heritage sector.

What we need

 The successful candidate will be highly organised with excellent project management and research skills. They will also be able to demonstrate strong communication skills, meticulous attention to detail and a high level professionalism.

 An understanding of social media and its use as a communications tool are also required. Familiarity with the Arts and Heritage sector (personal or professional) and a knowledge of working in an office environment is preferable. Experience with adobe creative suite or HTML would be an asset, though not essential.

 Application Instructions:


  • To apply for this internship please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@ornc.org
  • The closing date is 12noon on Friday 9th December 2016.
  • Interviews will be held on Friday 16th


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Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund