Community Students


We offer placements for University of Reading students as part of their course. Those interested should talk to the appropriate person within their department regarding a placement at The MERL.


Occasionally, we are able to offer paid internships in the Museum and Special Collections. These are usually externally funded.

When we do have internships available, we promote them here and through other outlets such as on Twitter and Facebook.

Student explainers

We have a thriving group of paid Student Explainers who work in the galleries to enhance the visitor’s experience and to provide a more memorable visit.

Work experience

We can offer up to a week of work experience to pupils from surrounding schools and colleges. Work experience usually involves a series of taster sessions throughout the museum and archives.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Rachael Rogers at for further details.