Cultural Intern Scheme

The Cultural Intern Scheme offers successful applicants a six-month paid 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 the 2012 Cultural Interns, please visit 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 fourth 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
  • project and event management
  • learning and access
  • access and interpretation
  • arts marketing
  • orchestral management

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 be eligible to claim a bursary of £7,000 for the period of the programme.

What kind of placements are on offer?

Applications are now open  for the 2014-15 scheme.

Successfull applicants will complete a six-month placement at one of the following leading cultural organisations from October 2014 to March 2015.

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.

To view placement details, please click on the organisation name below:

BBC Birmingham

Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Opera Company

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO)

Flatpack Film Festival

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Performances Birmingham (Town Hall/Symphony Hall)

Sampad

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The deadline for applications is Monday 21 July 2014, 9am.

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 during or since 2010. You will have a first class Honours degree or Masters degree (please note, applications from students with a 2:1 will be considered).

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?

The next scheme will run from October 2014 - March 2015 and applications are now open.  

Once you've seen all the placements on offer you will need to email us your CV and you must also include 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.  You can only apply for one placement.

Return your application to us electronically at culturalintern@contacts.bham.ac.uk by Monday 21 July 2014, 9am. Your email should be titled 2014 Application.

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