Experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled graduates are the lifeblood of the cultural sector. Your support will help the cultural leaders of tomorrow to gain high-quality, impactful project experience at leading cultural institutions in the West Midlands.
These innovative internships will be a great boon to graduates' future employment prospects, and will raise both the profile and the impact of the University's cultural engagement. Our internships will tackle the skills shortage in the cultural sector and will provide invaluable career development opportunities for our students. They will set the Birmingham student apart from those of other institutions, in terms of their knowledge and professional experiences. At a time when cultural institutions are under financial pressure, we need to ensure that students continue to receive life-changing opportunities.
Philanthropy will sit alongside University investment to enhance student employability and embed the University of Birmingham at the heart of the region's cultural offer. The number of internships we can offer is limited only by the availability of funding.
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Who are our cultural partners?
We currently have partnerships with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Opera Company, Town Hall/Symphony Hall Birmingham, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, Sampad (South Asian Arts), and the Library of Birmingham.
We have plans to expand the scheme to include our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, or the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
If you would like to discuss how you can support our students, contact Alison Derby, Cultural Partnerships Manager firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)121 414 5590.
How do the internships work?
Each internship will be for a period of six months. They are a unique opportunity for students to learn fundamental, transferable business and interpersonal skills, alongside experiencing real work in a leading cultural institution. Individual students will work on their own placements while being part of the ‘cohort’ of interns, ensuring that they can engage in coordinated learning and development. The fact that internships are paid is vital to their success: recipients will be able to focus entirely on their placement, rather than worry about supporting themselves with additional part-time work.
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