Launched in 2018, the initiative NEMO Political Internships in Museums aims to give politicians (and civil servants) a greater understanding of museum work. The objective is to foster museum advocacy and to showcase museums’ social importance to politicians and other stakeholders.
The internship lasts for half a day and politicians will either intern by themselves or together with their staff. Politicians are addressed by NEMO with the offer to intern at one of the museums within the NEMO Network. Each internship is tailored according to the politician’s field and interest. The initiative stretches across Europe and about three to four internships per year are to be carried out.
The initiative is easily adopted and NEMO encourages museums and museum organisations across Europe to organise their own political internships. To make the planning as easy as possible, NEMO has collected FAQs as well as written a short manual. These documents can be downloaded below. The NEMO office is at your disposal for questions via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The internship programme is inspired by the Netherlands Museums Association’s successful programme "More than woth it".
Upcoming NEMO Political Internships in Museums
The next political internship will be announced soon.
Past NEMO Political Internships in Museums
Participant: MEP and member of the CULT committee Julie Ward was the first ever intern to take part in the programme. Read more about her experiences at the Bonnefantenmuseum here.
Date: 25 May 2018
Museum: Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, The Netherlands