I work for a museum as a Youth Ambassador and am unpaid. I was brought in to try to engage the youth and entice them through the doors.
I work closely with the museum’s curator, who is really lovely and happy to have me there. I largely work independently and am trying to build a website, and organise events. This was terrifying in the beginning, as I felt that I had no idea what I was doing. 4 months on, I am beginning to feel more at ease.
There have been some discouragement, such at when talking to some museums they have declared that they don’t want young people to come to ‘their’ museums, that they don’t have a place at them. I think this is ludicrous, because most of these museums are publically funded and if they cut themselves off from these people they are not provided the service they have been entrusted to do.
I think that being an intern is now a right of passage into the job market. Having a first class degree isn’t enough anymore – you’ve got to prove you’ll will to be a slave in order to get a job now.