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

Volunteer support is fundamental to the maintenance, access to and use of the Museum's collections now and long into the future. This is your chance to go from visitor to active volunteer by working alongside Museum scientists on real collections-based tasks. 

The V Factor programme helps to bring our herbarium specimens into the twenty-first century and improve their accessibility by preparing collections for digitisation.

Applications for V Factor are currently closed.


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.