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British School at Athens Residential Internships

The School of Classics has an agreement to support internships at the British School at Athens in the summer. These may include work in the Fitch laboaratory or in the archives. Internships for summer 2017 are in the archives.

The Archives

The BSA Archives contain one of the world’s most valuable archival resources.  The archives house material from British excavation undertaken in Greece and beyond from c. 1886, including material from Knossos and Crete, Melos and Lesbos, Sparta and areas within Turkey. The Archives also house letters and notebooks from 19th century travellers (such as Finlay and Gell) and the important Byzantine Research Fund (an invaluable record of photographs and drawings undertaken by British Architects of Byzantine Monuments in the Mediterranean world). 

The archivist will provide the intern with a set project (usually adaptable to the interest of the intern) and will provide them with training and hands-on experience.

Practical Arrangements

In all cases, the intern will be based at the hostel of the British School at Athens at their own cost and by arrangement with the BSA Admissions secretary.

The intern will pay for their own travel to Athens and we are fortunate in that there are now direct flights between Athens & Edinburgh.

The BSA will provide Membership and a Free Entry Pass to sites and Museums in Greece which is valid for a year.

Although the School of Classics can provide advice, students undertake these internships at their own risk and are encouraged to take out full travel insurance and a European Health Card.

Eligibililty and Financial assistance

  • Honours students will be given priority. 
  • Students of the School of Classics are eligible to apply for Mitford funding to help cover the costs of these internships.
  • Students planning on undertaking further degrees in Archaeological Science will be given priority for the Fitch Lab internship.


A one-page application should be sent to Dr Rebecca Sweetman by email ( The deadline for applications is 26th February 2017.

Your application should contain the following details:

  • Name
  • Student ID
  • Year of Study
  • Application for Mitford funding for this made?
  • PG degree or other intention
  • Short paragraph on why you would benefit from the internship opportunity

Applications will be assessed by two members of staff.