Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour.
Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million.
Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.
Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
Our London Internship Programme is a paid scheme that offers between four and six month placements working in a single department within Christie’s, gaining an insight into the work of an international auction house, observing the day-to-day operations of the company and its role in the art world.
The programme is run for the benefit of undergraduates with a genuine interest in art, business or a career in the Art World.
It aims, by allowing interns to immerse themselves in the practical operations of the company, to provide an insight into Christie’s work and its role in the Art World.
The internship opportunities are available at Christie's Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and other Regional Representative Offices in Asia and usually lasts from two to six months, depending on seasonal business operation and availability of the candidate. It does not represent a job opening.
Practical Experience / Objectives:
Christie’s believes that experience is best gained through practical involvement in the activities of our departments. As a result Interns will be given the opportunity to participate in ways which are designed to enable them to gain an overview of each different aspect of the department’s activities.
Normal tasks allocated include:
- Catalogue notes
- Managing libraries
- Helping to set up exhibitions
- Covering phones
- Specific projects
Choice of Department
In Asia, Christie's usually offers Spring and Fall internships in specialist departments and selected support departments.
Successful applicants will be placed in available positions according to their interests and background, which will expose them to the operations of an auction house as they perform various administrative/clerical tasks. Although we do everything in our power to place them in the department of their choice, this is not always possible due to the number of applicants and places available in those departments. Wherever individuals are placed they will gain an overall insight into Christie’s, whether it is in a specialist, business or administrative department.
We undertake a selection process based on formal criteria, the online application and/or an interview.
Examples of the key criteria include:
• History of Art (or other relevant area) or business related discipline
• Some working experience would be an advantage but not a must
• Excellent Language Skills (Proficient in written and spoken English, Cantonese / Mandarin)
• Ability to demonstrate client facing experience
• Detail-minded and strong organizational skills
• Helping to set up exhibitionst
• Team player and proactive
Terms and Conditions:
Internships are only available for full-time students, interns will be employed on a 2-6 months fixed-term temporary contract. To allow others an opportunity to gain experience we regret that Internships cannot extend beyond a total duration of 12 months.
All interns are unpaid.
The standard hours worked by Christie's Asia are 9:30am to 6pm (Monday to Friday). Some regions may vary according to their business needs. As many of Christie's most exciting events and activities such as major sales and functions take place in the evenings and during weekends, we strongly recommend that Interns become involved in these events – if possible by taking an active role in their organization.
Professional and business attire is expected of all Interns.
We regret that demand for Internships usually exceeds availability of places on the scheme. We shall initiate contact with candidates whom we wish to interview. After the interviewing process, only accepted candidates will be contacted.
All applicants must have authorization to work in the country they are interested in doing an internship. Christie's does sponsor visas for outstanding candidates coming from abroad.
Francesca Frigerio, Intern, Multi-Media Department, Hong Kong
“I thoroughly enjoy working at Christie's Hong Kong, not only for the work experience I get every day but also for the immersion in culture, art and history that I am exposed to on a daily basis. I am privileged to work within an intimate team which enables me to develop my team work abilities and allows me to embark on many great adventures.”
Nicholas Guerineau, Intern, Handbags, Hong Kong
“I love working at Christie’s surrounded and fascinated by breathtaking art work, it is an everyday bliss that satisfies my curiosity. It gave me the clues I was seeking about the art market and today’s trends. Being a part of a small team allows me to combine the benefits of an intimate relationship with co-workers with the ones brought by an extensive organization. It helps me develop multi-tasking and teamwork skills. Everyone is easygoing and you get to meet new people every day.”