Experience Arts Internship Scheme

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

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 graduates from the last two years who studied at the University.

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).

Applications for Experience Arts Internships this year are now closed. We will reopen applications in spring 2022. If you would like to receive updates about the programme, please register your interest

You can see the 2021 internships listed below and also read Emma's experience on the programme this year.

Please note that 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.”

Summer Internships 2021

Below is a list of the Experience Arts internships 2021:

  • Alarum Productions, Arts Production Assistant (20 days)
  • BE FESTIVAL CIC, Assistant Festival Producer (20 days)
  • Bertz Associates Ltd, Community Heritage Researcher (20 days)
  • Big Bear Music, Music Archive Assistant (20 days)
  • Birmingham Hippodrome, Learning and Participation Intern (20 days) 
  • Birmingham Music Archive C.I.C., Content and Community Engagement Intern (20 days)
  • Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Summer School Associate (20 days)
  • Bristol Gifted and Talented, Remote Digital Marketing Internship (10 days)
  • Creative Black Country, Production Assistant (20 days)
  • Fierce Festival, Fierce Project Assistant (20 days)
  • For/With/By Festival of European Youth Theatre (Birmingham Rep), Assistant Producer (10 days)
  • Grand Union, Curatorial Assistant (20 days)
  • K'antu Ensemble, Arts Team Intern (Music, Marketing And Education Coordination) (10 days)
  • Lapworth Museum of Geology, Retail Range Designer (20 days)
  • Lichfield Festival, Lichfield Festival Management Intern (10 days)
  • Little Earthquake, Production Assistant - The Stolen Year (20 days)
  • Misfits Music Foundation, Projects and Music Assistant (20 days)
  • Ort Gallery, Assistant Curator (20 days)
  • Roundhouse Birmingham, Operations Assistant (20 days)
  • Sampad South Asian Arts, City of Empire to City of Diversity: Intern (20 days)
  • Simmer Down Arts, Marketing Intern (20 days)
  • The Book Shelf, Publishing Assistant (20 days) 
  • Town Hall Symphony Hall, Marketing Assistant (20 days)
  • Winterbourne House and Garden, Archival Cataloguer - University Herbarium (20 days)
  • Wolverhampton Arts and Culture, Marketing Assistant (10 days) 
  • Writing West Midlands, Marketing And PR Intern (20 days)

Application Support

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.

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 here.


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