The British Museum

british-museum-testimonialThe Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas appreciate the contributions made by UCU student volunteers to documentation and collection management tasks at the British Museum. We recognise that the future of the universal museum lies in the hands of the young people of today. We find it important that properly prepared young people learn about museum practice from the inside. We subscribe to CHIP’s goals.

British Museum, Department of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Natural History Museum – Department of Interpretation and Design

UCU students have proven to be strong candidates for our highly competitive internship programme. They come equipped with excellent theoretical background knowledge. We aim to enable our interns to put theory into practice and see their work incorporated into our gallery projects. We have been very impressed with the work UCU students have done for us and value the new perspectives, skills and knowledge they have brought to our team.

The Netherlands Open Air Museum

Open-Air-Museum-IJsbaanThe Netherlands Open Air Museum highly values the partnership with the CHIP programme. It is our experience that during their internships UCU students are eager to work hard and come up with research results that are of very good use to us for NOM projects. This may involve working in the archive, contributing to collection documentation, doing preparatory interviews for exhibition projects, carrying out surveys/ participant observation among our public. In return, we provide some training and a lot of insight into the workings of our innovative institution. In this way, students succeed in developing their well formed academic skills and also contribute to our goals.  The CHIP programme truly complements the students´ scholarly education in a practical way and enriches their vision of cultural heritage.

The British Council

The British Council’s business is cultural relations, which brings people from diverse backgrounds together to exchange ideas through arts, education and science. In partnership with businesses, national associations and institutions, professional networks, local communities and government ministries, the British Council seeks to provide a framework and a methodology for engaging with today’s international challenges.

The CHIP programme represents a highly valuable opportunity for UCU students and graduates to build co-operation, develop mutual understanding, and share new perspectives with British cultural organisations.


What CHIP and UCU do is an excellent example of international cultural relations - not only between different nations, but also between different cultures and groups within the same country: the academic culture and the professional culture; the scientific community and artistic community: those engaged in theory and those engaged in practice; the established and the innovative.

CHIP also helps to identify and develop individuals that are to be the next generation of cultural leaders. It creates the links that allow its participants to share knowledge and establish relationships that will encourage inter-cultural understanding, increased professionalism and economic growth for the years to come.

Participants in the CHIP programme have already taken their first steps towards leadership in their chosen field, and the British Council is proud to be associated with this ongoing project.