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Work Experience 

Sovereign Hill offers a variety of unique and exciting opportunities for students looking to undertake work experience. Each year we host over 100 work experience students. 

If you are interested in work experience, student placement or internships please contact our People and Performance Department.
Phone: 5337 1100

As an equal opportunity employer, work experience is available for both males and females in each of the following areas:


The Sovereign Hill Museums Association (Sovereign Hill) encourages applications for student placements or internships within our Museums Division, subject to availability. The Museums Division cares for, researches and interprets the Association’s museum collection of some 150,000 items. It presents a variety of public programs - exhibitions, education programs, guided tours, interpretive activities and other events associated with the heritage of the Ballarat region.

As an accredited museum, Sovereign Hill employs professional and experienced curators within its Collections and Research Department. The Department’s primary purpose is to collect, conserve, research, and interpret the significance of gold mining and its effect on Ballarat’s social, cultural, economic, political and technological heritage. Sovereign Hill is therefore a significant heritage resource for both Victoria and regional Australia.


Our exciting retail program entails working in 5 different retail outlets within the outdoor museum wearing 1850s costume (which we provide). This provides students with a great insight into tourism, retail and many other aspects of our working environment. Don’t feel comfortable wearing a costume? Enriching retail work experience can also be provided across our three non-costumed retail areas. 


Select one specific trade to focus on for your 5 days or work across a variety of trade areas to get a taste for each one. Trade areas include gardening/landscaping, electrical/audio visual, carpentry and engineering. Every effort will be made to try and accommodate work experience in these areas, however placement is subject to availability based upon workloads and staffing levels (leave etc.). 


All of Sovereign Hill’s on site bakeries, café, functions and catering are delivered by Peter Roland Group. If you are interested in a career in hospitality and would like to undertake work experience across a variety of different dining experiences, whether in 1850s costume or corporate attire, consider Sovereign Hill.


Interested in a trying a career in one of the many other variety of career areas Sovereign Hill has to offer? Whether it be wheelwrighting, teaching, office based, Depending on the time of year and staff availability we may be able to accommodate your request.