Clare College Cambridge

Work Experience at Clare

Volunteer placements in the College Archives and the Forbes Mellon Library

Pursuing a career in archives, librarianship or the heritage sector is an excellent way to put an Arts degree to use. With such high demand for jobs and great competition for places on postgraduate archive and librarianship courses it is extremely useful for graduates to have some practical experience.

The College Archives offers three volunteering places per academic year for any Clare students interested in pursuing a career in archives. A variety of experience can be given from indexing volumes of College records from the 16th century onwards to cataloguing and guidance on best practice for handling and storing archival material. Indexing is the most popular volunteering project and helps students develop transcription skills, a core ability that archivists are expected to have.

The Forbes Mellon Library is offering up to two placements for student volunteers a year.  Volunteers would learn about the procedures, skills and services carried out in a College library with a view to applying for a CILIP [Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals] Graduate Traineeship on graduation.  An outline plan would be agreed at the start of the placement and a termly review would take place.

Library volunteers would have to be able to offer two consecutive hours per week during the working day on a regular basis during term time; archive volunteers should be prepared to commit themselves to at least two hours a week on either a Thursday or Friday (when the Archivist is in Clare).  However, with revision and exams in Easter term it is understandable if students are not able to spend as much time volunteering as in other terms.

Please contact Alexandra Browne, the Archivist, for opporunities to volunteer in the archives and contact Catherine Reid, the librarian, for library opportunities.