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Creative Pathways - graduate internships

The UK’s only city-wide cultural internships programme – Creative Pathways is your chance for paid training and placement within one of Nottingham’s leading cultural institutions. The initiative led by the University of Nottingham’s public arts programme, Lakeside Arts, will be open to University of Nottingham Graduates (spring 2020).


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Coming this academic year

The Creative Academy 

Starting this academic year, the Creative Academy will operate alongside Creative Pathways; providing all students with an introduction to inspirational individuals from the arts world and to the huge range of opportunities available across the creative industries. The Creative Academy is available to students from all years and faculties.


How does it work? 

Seven graduate internships are being offered at key cultural centres across the city for the next two years, with applications starting in the summer term. Each Internship will provide practical vocational experience, training and development across a range of arts administration skills including: event planning, organisation and delivery; finance and fundraising; budget administration and management; together with an awareness of the importance of marketing, publicity, communications and PR. In addition, insight may be gained into key operational areas including box office, front of house, technical and production depending on the specific host placement.

For more information about what to expect from the internships follow the links below.


Who is eligible? 

These internships are exclusively for students from the priority groups listed below. This to ensure that students from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education can fully access the opportunities available to all students and to improve social mobility. To be able to apply, you must be a home fee paying student at the University of Nottingham, want to gain practical experience to support your future career development in the creative and cultural sector, and meet one or more of the criteria below:


  • Have been in local authority care/looked after
  • Have a declared disability
  • Be from a black and minority ethnic group
  • Be a mature student (21 or over at the start of your course)
  • Be a young carer
  • Be under 25 and estranged from your family
  • Be in receipt of a core bursary
  • Be in receipt of a Nottingham Potential Bursary
  • Be a refugee
  • Your home address is in a neighbourhood where participation in higher education is low. This can be checked by:
    • Enter your home postcode in to this ‘checker’ on the OfS website
    • 1 or 2 indicated in the POLAR4 young participation quintile (column 1) indicates your home address is in a neighbourhood that meets the above criteria.
Applications are now closed for this year.



Where are the internships based?



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