Experience Arts Internship Scheme

Experience Arts is a unique programme allowing students and graduates to gain hands on experience of working in a leading arts organisation in the West Midlands region.

Important updated information

Applications for most of the Experience Arts Internships this year are now closed.

However, one role (Assistant Producer at Paperback Theatre) has now re-opened due to original applicants dropping out.

The deadline for this role is Sunday 8 May (23:59), however we will close earlier if we receive enough quality applications. Remember to read our Experience Arts application guidance (Word - 785KB) before starting your application. 

Extended deadlines - all internships

The following internships have now re-opened, and more may be added so keep checking this page.

The new deadline is Sunday 8 May, but we will close for applications earlier if we receive enough quality applications.

About Experience Arts

Paid internships with local arts and cultural organisations, exclusive to all students and recent graduates. The scheme is an exciting opportunity to:

  • Get the experience you need for a career in the arts and cultural sector
  • Develop important skills to enhance your employability and future applications
  • Build up a network of useful contacts and connections
  • Make a significant impact within a local organisation

Overview of the scheme

The Experience Arts internship scheme is open to all students at the University of Birmingham, as well as recent graduates (usually from the past 3 years, please email internships@contacts.bham.ac.uk if you graduated before 2019 and would like to apply).

The internships will take place during the summer vacation. Exact dates will be negotiated between student and organisation. Students will be paid £500 for a 10-day internship or £1,000 for a 20-day internship (or part time equivalents).

You will need to complete the Experience Arts application form to apply for an internship, which you will also find within each internship advert.

Please note: you can apply for more than one internship but you can only accept one opportunity on the programme. You will need to complete an individual application form for each internship you apply for.

Important application advice

The application form asks you to fill in some personal details, your academic/work history and answer three questions. Please take the time to read Experience Arts application guidance (Word - 785KB) before starting an application. If your application is successful, you are likely to be invited to an interview before the employer makes a final decision. 

You can see all internships listed below and also broken down into various categories to help you decide which role(s) are most suitable for you. More internships will be added over the next few days.

Experience Arts student stories

Why not also listen to insights and advice from previous interns. You can read Emma's experience on the programme and view the following video case studies:

BA English and Creative Writing graduate, Marketing Internship at Bristol Achieve

Laura Sharp, BA Ancient History and Archaeology, Archival Intern at Winterbourne House & Gardens

Jaleesa Padmore, BA Theology and Religion, Assistant Curator at Ort Gallery

Please note: if you have previously undertaken an internship as part of the Experience Arts Scheme you will not be eligible to apply again.

BA English and Creative Writing 3rd year student

Learning and Engagement - Trainee Producer

“My internship has been so enjoyable and fulfilling. I contributed lots of ideas and was given permission to take the lead on them, this allowed me to develop skills such as project management, creativity, and teamwork. Seeing the projects to completion and sharing them on social media made me proud of all I achieved. The range of responsibilities I took on has really enhanced my CV and I have lots to talk about in future interviews. I've also built up a network of connections who work in the arts industry and learnt from their rich experiences.”

All 2022 Experience Arts Internships 

Below is a full list of the Experience Arts internships:

Events

The following internships allow you to work on events:

Film

The following internships allow you to work on filmmaking:

Marketing & PR

The following internships allow you to work on marketing/PR:

Please read: Application Support

Please take the time to read our Application Guidance document for top tips and advice about writing a successful application.

Careers Network offers a range of support to help you write your internship application and prepare for an interview. Please visit our Apply for opportunities pages for online resources and to see relevant events held in the spring term.

Apply workshops

We run a range of workshops to help you with CVs, cover letters, applications and more.

  • Top Tips for Job Searching
    Maybe you’ve already started applying for graduate roles or you’re just about to start your search, either way this session is designed to help you to navigate the job search process.
    12:00 Tue 23 Aug 2022
  • Oliver Wyman Greater China Virtual Reception Webinar
    Oliver Wyman Greater China is hosting a webinar reception on Thursday, August 25th at 11am UK/7pm China. This 2-hour event consists of partner presentation, panel discussion following by multiple breakout rooms of different business practices.
    11:00 Thu 25 Aug 2022
    Online - link will be sent in confirmation email or prior to the event
  • Oliver Wyman Singapore Virtual Information session
    Oliver Wyman Greater Singapore is hosting a webinar reception on 31st August at 5am UK/12pm SGT.
    05:00 Wed 31 Aug 2022
    Online - link will be sent in confirmation email or prior to the event

Data protection statement

In order for your application to be considered by the internship provider(s) that you are applying to, we will need to share your personal data (e.g. data contained in your CV and cover letter, along with any other evidence provided) with them.

You can find further information on how the University uses your data.

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