Cultural Intern Scheme

The Cultural Intern Scheme offers successful applicants a paid six-month work-based placement; each offering real opportunities to gain high quality work experience, undertaking meaningful projects at leading cultural organizations in the West Midlands region.

The programme is designed to increase graduates’ knowledge and skills, and for interns to gain an interesting and valuable introduction to the workplace which will enhance their future employment prospects.

The structure of the programme includes joint training sessions based at the University at the start and middle of the internship with individual mentoring available throughout.

Look back at the trials and triumphs of previous Cultural Interns by visiting the Culture at University of Birmingham blog. See below for more information about the scheme and to learn about the experiences of previous interns.

What is the Cultural Intern Scheme?

This is the seventh year of an innovative intern scheme sponsored by the University and its cultural partners. We're looking for positive and creative people with demonstrable interests in -

  • collections management
  • exhibition and event management
  • learning and access
  • business development and operations
  • arts marketing and audience development

The paid placements run for six months, each offering real opportunities to gain high quality work experience, undertaking meaningful projects at leading cultural organisations in the West Midlands region. The programme is designed to increase graduates’ knowledge and skills, and for interns to gain an interesting and valuable introduction to the workplace which will enhance their future employment prospects. The structure of the programme includes joint training sessions based at the University at the start and middle of the internship, a six month work based placement and individual mentoring.

Each intern will receive a bursary of £7,000 for the period of the programme.

What kind of placements are on offer?

Successful applicants will complete a six-month placement at one of the following leading cultural organisations from October 2017 to March 2018.

BBC Birmingham

Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Open Media

Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The Rep)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Flatpack Projects (this placement will run October 2016 - April 2017)

Performances Birmingham Ltd (Town Hall Symphony Hall)

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Writing West Midlands

Please follow the instructions in the How To Apply Section once you have read all the placement details. One placement is available at each of the organisations. Applicants can apply for one placement only.

 

What training will I receive?

Each placement has a set of learning outcomes and throughout your placement you will be trained in the skills you require to complete your objectives. The residential and midterm training sessions will focus on core communication and business skills, as well as offering an insight into the cultural industry through expert speakers and visits.

You will have the opportunity to discuss projects and experiences with the other interns and learn from each other’s experiences.

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to University of Birmingham students graduating this year and alumni who graduated in the last five years. You will have a 2:1 or first class Honours degree or a postgraduate qualification (MA, PhD etc.)

You will also have volunteering experience within the arts or cultural sector, strong communication skills and an ambition to kick start your career in the cultural sector.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017/18 scheme are now open.

You must choose ONE placement to apply for. Please email your CV and a document of up to 500 words in support of your application, stating what interests you about the placement and why you are the most suitable candidate for the position to culturalintern@contacts.bham.ac.uk by Monday 24 July 2017, 09:00.

Your email should be titled 2017 Application.

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