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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 Wednesday 4 March 2020. Please see the specific eligibility criteria below.

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The Creative Academy 

The Creative Academy operates 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 open to all students from every year and faculty. The next event will take place on Monday 16 March 2020 and will give students the chance to talk to people from the following sectors:

  • digital, tech and gaming
  • cultural and events organisation
  • broadcasting and communications
  • heritage
  • marketing and design

For more information and to book your place visit MyCareer:


Key dates

The following dates are important if you are considering applying for an internship through the Creative Pathways programme.

  • Applications open - Wednesday 4 March 2020
  • Closing date for applications - Thursday 18 June 2020
  • Interview dates - 13 and 14 July 2020
  • Start date - Monday 5 October 2020
  • End date - Friday 16 April 2021

How does it work? 

Seven graduate internships are being offered at key cultural centres across the city for the next two years, with applications beginning in mid March. 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 is 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:



Where are the internships based?


How to apply

Applications are now open, follow the link below:

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