In Scotland you can see, walk, and reach out and touch the past, making it a History and Heritage major’s fantasy. You can’t crest a hill in the Highlands without a castle coming into view and giving you shivers of the past. Expertly-restored historic houses dot the countryside. Even on a short stroll through Edinburgh you will encounter an 800-year old castle and New Town streets that have changed little in 200 years.

Of course it’s not just the historic sites that bring you to Scotland; it’s the prehistoric sites. The landscape includes Iron age hillforts, 5,000-year-old tombs and most spectacular of all: Skara Brae (the “Scottish Pompeii”). Skara Brae is a Stone Age village that is older than Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Giza. Uncovered by chance after a fierce storm in 1850, it is now the best-preserved Neolithic village in northern Europe and offers compelling insights into what life was like for people living 5,000 years ago.

Skara Brae is part of the ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney’, a collection of places that were declared a  World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. It is among several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Scotland including the Old and New Town in Edinburgh, the St Kilda archipelago, an 8th-century village New Lanark, and The Forth Bridge.

Scotland takes its history and heritage very seriously and Edinburgh is home to many of the most magnificent historical and cultural sites in the country. Major museums, archives, libraries, historic houses and archaeological sites are based in or around the city.

Edinburgh is an ideal place to live, breathe and experience history, and also learn about heritage and historic preservation.
history and heritage internships in the uk
At A Glance
History & Heritage Internships in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Start Date
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
8, 10 or 12 Weeks
Apply By
12 weeks prior to start date

8-week programme fee: £10,050

10-week programme fee: £11,400

12-week programme fee: £12,750

What's included?

Airfare, materials for placement, visas and associated costs, mandatory health insurance, meals and spending money aren’t included.

*Student residences are an extra fee and subject to availability. If residences aren’t available, homestays are the alternative option.

Application fee

£95 Non refundable

Commitment fee

£500 Non refundable

up to £1000