Frequently Asked Questions about the Christie’s London Internship

What are the dates of the internship?
The internship will be of 10 weeks duration to be taken within time period of April to June 2018; exact dates to be decided after candidate selection.

What counts as a related discipline for art history?
Museum & Heritage Studies, Archaeology, Film Studies, Digital Cultures and Media and Communication studies students may take units that relate to visual art. Business at Christie’s centrally involves artworks in traditional media (painting, sculpture, photography, modern mixed media), however, and anyone applying for this internship would need to have a demonstrable critical understanding of such media.

I am a current Postgraduate or Honours Student but will leave the University before the internship period. May I apply?
Yes, current Postgraduate and Honours Students with enrolment from 2017 may apply, even if they completed at the end of 2017, so that this 2018 internship will take place after their course is completed.

Can the internship get credited to my degree?
The internship can be credited to those enrolled in the University’s Museum and Heritage Studies or Art Curating Masters or Graduate Diploma courses, which currently allow internship units to be credited.
While candidates enrolled in other degree programs may apply to do this internship, it will not be credited to their degree.
Students being credited for the internship will need to complete the internship assessments required for their degree.

Will my study be disrupted by the requirement to be overseas for two months?
The internship will be of 10 weeks duration to be taken within the time period of April to June . The exact timing will be decided with Christie's and your course co-ordinator, in consideration of your timetable/enrollments in Semester 1. The internship might entail student absence for a number of teaching weeks in Semester 1. Appropriate measures will be put in place to solve any possible coursework attendance or submission issues. However it is worth keeping in mind at this application stage, that where successful candidates have been current students, most of them have chosen to undertake no other unit of study apart from an internship unit of study (where available to them as part of their degree) for the semester of the placement in London.

What visa arrangements will be needed?
It is your responsibility to ensure that the necessary visa is obtained before you travel. Christie's will assist you in the process of obtaining this visa and act as sponsor for a graduate working visa for the duration of your internship with them.
We also advise that you:

  • obtain travel insurance; (note that there is travel insurance available to you if you are counting the placement towards an internship unit of study – in that situation, further information can be
    provided to you after your selection)
  • seek medical advice well in advance of your travel;
  • consult the Australian Government’s travel advice website,

What insurance cover does an intern need?
Christie's will insure the intern at the workplace. However, all Students will need to make arrangements to purchase personal insurance cover for travel, personal possessions, health emergency, etc. Note that there is also insurance available to you if you are counting the placement towards an internship unit of study – in that situation, further information can be provided to you after your selection.

Can I apply directly to Christie’s?
No, applications for this internship must come through the University of Sydney according to the process outlined on the website.

Do I have to be in Sydney for the interview?
We would strongly prefer students to be available in person on the 24 January 2018 for the interview. We will make arrangements to conduct the interview by Skype link, however, if shortlisted candidates are overseas or otherwise legitimately unable to attend in person.

May I defer the internship if my personal circumstances change and I cannot make the dates?
It will not be possible to defer the internship. If the successful candidate is unable to take up the internship, then the opportunity will pass to the reserve candidate. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all visa paperwork is in place and that their travel documentation is up to date at the time of travel.

What is the selection panel looking for in the letter of motivation?
A statement of motivation is a written personal statement about you. It gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the qualities that make you particularly suitable to participate in the internship and to be an outstanding ambassador of the University. Your statement should also contain the following:

  • the reasons for applying for the internship;
  • a reflection on your academic and personal achievements to date;
  • an account of the way you would approach a role in which you were an ambassador for the University and
  • an outline of any previous travel, study or living abroad experiences.

What are likely accommodation and living expenses in London?
Precise costs will vary according to type of accommodation chosen, etc. For an indication, the UK government has made it a requirement of some international study exchange situations that students need to show they have access to £1,265 per month per month to cover rent and bills and living expenses. Some useful guidance on living and key expenses may be found at websites including,

Will the successful intern work with a nominated supervisor at Christie’s?
Christie's have well-established intern coordination structures and dedicated personnel. The successful candidate will be put in touch with Christie's within weeks of accepting the internship and a supervisor will be appointed to monitor and assist the intern from the beginning of the internship.

What counts as a strong academic track record?
A minimum of a credit result in all subjects taken would be considered a strong track record.

Will I get some written recognition of the internship (i.e a certificate or letter of participation)?
Our Christie's intern will receive a Certificate of Participation (non-accredited). If the internship is being taken for credit as part of a University of Sydney degree, documentation of participation and assessment will be available. A successful intern may also ask Christie's for a letter of reference.

What is the nature of the ‘journal or blog’ that I may need to keep?
We request that our Christie's interns keep a written journal of their internship while it is taking place. This would be submitted after the internship to the University for their records and understanding of the Christie's internships. Also, the University will request a one-off piece of writing to be done after the internship, which may be made publicly available on a University web page for the purposes of encouraging applications in a later year of this internship.

How do I apply for an Honours or postgraduate course at University of Sydney?
Course application information can be found at:

How do I provide evidence that I have applied for a course at the University of Sydney to commence in 2018?
When you are apply to commence as a postgraduate or Honours student through the Sydney Student Online Application Portal, you will be given a reference number. Enter this reference number on the Internship Application Form.