Transition Year Work Experience 2021-22

A group of teenage work placement students in the National Gallery of Ireland

The application deadline has passed. We will let you know if you have been successful by Friday 11 February 2022.

We run an exciting work experience programme for Transition Year students. In this week-long programme, you will go behind the scenes at the Gallery and learn about the work of different departments including Education, Conservation, Curatorial and Visitor Experience. Working as a team you will develop a Live Project to create an event for young people that will run at the Gallery.  

The placement will suit students who are interested in art and may be considering studying it for Leaving Cert. You must be willing to work with students from other schools and be comfortable in a team environment. Most importantly, we’re looking for students who want to learn something from their week at the Gallery and benefit from a new experience.

Key dates and information

  • The placement runs from Monday 28 March to Friday 1 April 2022.
  • Placement hours are 10am to 3.30pm.
  • You must be available for the full five days of the placement.
  • The placement takes place onsite at the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. 
  • You should also be available on Saturday 7 May 2022 to deliver your event.
  • If Covid-19 restrictions are in place in March 2022, and we are unable to deliver the programme safely onsite, we will run a digital placement instead.
  • TY placements at the Gallery are very popular and places are extremely limited.
  • We are unable to facilitate placements outside of these dates.
  • The deadline to apply was 5pm on Friday 28 January 2022.

What you will do on placement

Learn about the work of different departments in the Gallery

  • You will be based in the Education Department and will find out about the work we do.
  • You will also go on tours to find out about the work of different departments including Education, Conservation, Curatorial and Visitor Experience (subject to staff availability).

Develop a Live Project

  • Throughout the week you will work together on an exciting Live Project, developing an event for young people as part of the programme for the exhibition Hughie O’Donoghue: Original Sins.
  • This event will take place on Saturday 7 May 2022, and we would like you to be available on this date to deliver the event.
  • You will receive training and support to help you develop and deliver your event.

Develop a reflective portfolio

  • You will develop a reflective portfolio to record your activities and experiences during your placement.
  • You will also meet new people, develop confidence and skills, and have fun!

How to apply

  • The deadline to apply was 5pm on Friday 28 January 2022.
  • We will let you know if you have been successful by Friday 11 February 2022.

How we select people for placements

  • We anonymise all applications (this means we remove all identifying information) and assess them on merit.
  • We do not select people on a first-come-first-served basis, so take your time with your application.
  • We are interested in knowing why you would like to do your placement at the Gallery, and what you want to learn from the week.
  • We are looking for students from a wide range of backgrounds and areas, and the final selection will ensure that there is a mix of people in the team.
  • At least 50% of those selected will come from DEIS schools.

Contact us with questions

If you have any questions, or if you need this information in an alternative format, please contact Catherine O’Donnell on 01 663 3579 or [email protected].

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