Medium-term volunteering

A volunteer working with the marketing department on an exhibtion

Volunteer testimony

‘I didn’t just feel privileged and lucky to be interning at a world-class organisation, I also felt proud. So if you’re reading this and have the opportunity to undertake an internship at the Museum, do it. You won’t regret it.’

Thomas, intern

Learn how we care for our collections, and assist our scientists with real collections-based work.

V Factor

This is your chance to go from visitor to active volunteer by supporting collections-based Museum projects alongside world-leading scientists.

Museum curators Jovita Yesilyurt and Ranee Prakash are joining forces with V Factor volunteers to prepare botanical specimens for digitisation.  

Volunteers taking part are helping to bring important collections - including Sir Joseph Banks's historically significant Herbarium specimens - into the twenty-first century.

Volunteer support is fundamental to the maintenance, access to and use of the Museum's collections now and long into the future.

Applications for V Factor & Banksian21 are now closed. You can find out more about the work being undertaken from this leaflet (pdf 304kb).

You can see and talk with the V Factor team in person on regular Tuesdays at the Museum in the Darwin Centre. Check out the calendar to ensure we’re in and outside the lab on the day you visit. 


Build your skills through a career-focused placement in our media, marketing or archive departments. Internships are an intensive experience with a clear developmental journey.

You need to be aged 18 or over and have a desire to boost your career and develop skills and knowledge through first-hand experience. Internships usually run for between one and three months, part or full time.

Volunteers in action

See our scientists and V Factor volunteers at work in the Specimen Preparation Area of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.