Our Intern of the Week: Julian Black

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Meet our brilliant art guru, Julian! Hailing from Australia, he applied to BUNAC’s Intern in Britain program last year and is currently interning in London at Christie’s, the world-renowned auction house. He is already getting stuck in to the true London life and has confessed his love for a good old English breakfast. Julian chats to us all about his role and future career, as well as offering advice to those thinking of interning abroad.

Tell us about your internship. Where have you been interning and what does your internship involve?
I have been interning at Christie’s in London, and my internship mainly involves art historical research for Christie’s sales.
Has the Intern in Britain experience been what you expected? If not, how has it been different?
It has been largely what I have expected, as it has mainly consisted of art historical research. I have really enjoyed developing my research skills and getting to see interesting artworks.
What have you learnt whilst interning in the UK?
I have developed my research skills, my knowledge of art history and my knowledge of the art world.
What have you learnt about the industry you’ve been working in?
I’ve learnt a great amount about the art auction industry and its relationship with client and collectors.
How has interning abroad enriched your future lifestyle and career?
Interning in the UK has given me experience of another country and culture, which I think will be invaluable in my career.
How has interning abroad enriched your future lifestyle and career?
Interning in the UK has given me experience of another country and culture, which I think will be invaluable in my career.
What cultural differences between the UK and the USA have you found most surprising or strange?
I am from Australia and I do not find the differences to be great, but I find it interesting that many people read newspapers in the UK, whereas in Australia most people only read the news on their phone.
If you could take a bit of British culture back to Australia (e.g. food or drink, mannerisms, phrases), what would it be and why?
I would take back the traditional English breakfast to Australia. It’s delicious!
What words of encouragement would you say to people who are unsure about doing the Inter in Britain program?
You should do the program – it’s an incredible experience and it is great getting to experience another culture.
Finally – what are you going to do next?
I will have to see what opportunities present themselves but I would like to continue working in the art world!

If you fancy leaping into a city lifestyle as an Intern in Britain like Julian, we promise it to be one of the best decisions you can make. You will gain invaluable skills for your future career, lifelong friendships, essential networks and, if that's not all, memories to take home with you. It's also a pretty amazing way to stand out from the crowd of candidates applying to jobs come graduation! Get ready résumé, you're about to get ten times better.