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Graduate Trainee Program
Graduate Trainee Program
Post Date: 13 Aug 2023


Bonhams is thrilled to announce the launch of the Graduate Trainee Program based in New York and Los Angeles. The program will start in January 2024 and conclude in June 2025.

About Bonhams

Bonhams is a global auction house with an 18th-century heritage poised for transformative change. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. We host over 350 sales a year, in more than 60 categories of collecting, offering everything from Fine Art and Interiors, to Classic Cars and Jewellery, with leadership in niche markets like African and Russian Art.

Bonhams offer a great variety of roles to people from all backgrounds and expertise. Our employees are passionate about their work, and we pride ourselves on a bespoke approach that aims to make every client feel important. We welcome dynamic and creative people, passionate about their area of expertise, from Client Services and Technology to Fine Art and Modern Design.

Graduate Trainee Program Ove rview

During the 18 month -long program , Trainees will have the opportunity to experience Bonhams ’ world from different angles, while working side by side with our team of extremely talented people. Trainees will be mentored and supported by business leaders and will be involved in exciting projects throughout the prog ram .

T Rainees Will Be Placed In One Of The Following Departm En t s

The Graduate Trainee Program will be made up of two placement rotations . D uring the first 6 months, T rainees will work in our core departments, such as Client Services , Marketing , and Operations, assisting with the planning, administration, and maintenance of auction operations, from setting up galleries to taking bids during sales . During the next 12 months, Trainees will have the opportunity to work alongside and be mentored by cataloguers and specialists with vast experience in a specialized area of fine art while learning pre- and post-sales administration, properties research and cataloguing, works of art valuations, and a lot more.

  • Prints & Multiples
  • Post War & Contemporary Art
  • Impressionist Art
  • American Art

Graduate Trainee Q ualifications

Our program wants to open the doors of the auction and fine art world to recent graduates from all backgrounds. You will be considered for participation in the scheme regardless of your academic qualification. However, we do require applicants to demonstrate a genuine passion for fine arts, preferably a strong knowledge of the industry and the market or previous experience in a similar business. The ideal candidate is ambitious, motivated, creative and open to challenges, with an aptitude for business and sales. Candidate should be a self-starter, flexible, action and goal-orientated, and able to work in a team-orientated, and collaborative environment. Ideally, candidates will have completed a University Degree within the past 2 years.


During the program , you will have the chance to build the skills you need to succeed in the auction business; we will provide tailored, on-the-job training and mentorship from our Specialists.

We offer a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package .

Hourly rate starts at $20/hour for the first 6 months, increasing to $22/hour for the remaining 12 months, subject to satisfactory performance.

Application and Interview Process

If you think you are what we are looking for, please send your Resume a nd respond to the questions in the application form .

The Selection Process Includes 3 Stages, Consisting Of

  • Online interview with the People Team
  • A ssessment center day taking place in October attended by Bonhams Senior Leaders
  • Interview with Heads of Specialist Departments

The deadline to send your application is August 31 st , 2023 .

Conscious of the social, economic, and cultural barriers upon accessing our industry, we actively encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply to the program .

Bonhams is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to fight for equality, we work to ensure a fair and consistent interview process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

We thank you for your interest in this position but please note that we will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration.

Applications are now open! So, if you are passionate about the auction world and would like to take the first step into it, apply on our Careers Page.


New York, NY, USA

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