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We offer a limited number of unpaid work placements, in archives and collection care.

Any PhD opportunities or other studentships we are advertising will also appear on this page.

See our bursaries page for information on funding opportunities for learning.

Student placement scheme

The National Archives' student placement scheme is designed for students undertaking a degree or qualification in either higher or further education that includes a compulsory placement.

This scheme offers students the opportunity to apply their existing skills and knowledge to research-based projects, while developing new expertise in an organisation that straddles the government and cultural sectors. With placement projects ranging from one to three months, students will be mentored by a designated supervisor throughout their time at The National Archives and equipped with a structured learning and development plan that allows students to track their progress.

The Student Placement Scheme is currently under review. Apart from the Legal Editor and Data Analyst posts offered on this page, no new student placements are being offered at this time. If you wish to apply for one of these positions, please email Research. If you require further information about the Scheme, please contact Research or check this page for updates.

Data Analyst

The Document Services Department (DSD) is responsible for the permanent storage and production of over 600,000 original documents for public, staff and government each year. We are the custodians of over 11 million records (representing a thousand years of history) which fill over 200 km of temperature and humitiy-controlled storage.

Using existing data information systems the successful applicant will be required to develop a strategy for maximising DSD's efficiency in managing document location and storage.
The individual will be expected to be able to identify and deliver the results of their findings after an agreed period of time to their supervisor and the Head of Document Services.

There is significant opportunity for the successful individual to shape the nature of the storage strategy after the initial fact finding, delivery to the Head of DSD and with the support of the supervisor.
For more information about the scheme and the eligibility criteria, please contact research@nationalarchives.gov.uk.

Data Analyst information (PDF, 0.10 MB)

Legal Editor

The Legislation Services team is looking for students with an excellent eye for detail and an interest in how the law works to join their growing band of 'expert participants' - people who work alongside our internal editorial team to help revise or update legislation on legislation.gov.uk.

Millions of people depend on the free access to legislation.gov.uk to find the legislation they need to do their jobs or defend their rights. The contribution made by the student during their placement will make a huge difference to citizens' access to law.

Students will learn how legislation works in government and will make a tangible and measurable contribution to a key business objective - that primary legislation on legislation.gov.uk is up-to-date by the end of 2015. They will receive a certificate when training is completed, and will be able to point to the legislation on legislation.gov.uk that they've helped to update or register. There is also the potential for students to continue volunteering with us to work towards becoming a fully-fledged National Archives' accredited legislation editor.

To find out more about the project and the role, download the placement specification below.

For more information about the scheme and the eligibility criteria, please contact research@nationalarchives.gov.uk.

Legal Editor (PDF, 0.10MB)

Security checks

Please note that all placement students invited to work at The National Archives will be subject to a full security clearance check before they can start work. The process may take up to eight weeks to complete.

Where becoming a volunteer or a placement students requires behind the scenes access, this is granted at The National Archives' discretion.


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