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Creative Pathways

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The internship has provided me with a step up into the creative industries and has shown me what goes into running an arts organisation. If you've ever thought about working in a creative role, then apply!

The Creative Academy

The Creative Academy provides all students with an introduction to inspirational individuals from the arts world and to the huge range of opportunities available across the creative industries.

This autumn term and onwards, look out for Creative Academy events that will focus on speakers from the creative industries. Last year there were a range of events covering sectors and jobs within the creative sector from the music industry with a Radio 1 DJ through to gaming, event management and film-making (to name but a few). We’ll list events below as they are confirmed.

The Creative Academy is open to all students from every year and faculty.

Creative Pathways - graduate internships

The UK’s only city-wide paid cultural internships programme – Creative Pathways graduate internships offer seven graduates per year the chance to work for six months in one of Nottingham’s leading cultural institutions: City Arts, Dance4, Lakeside Arts, Nonsuch, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Playhouse and UNESCO City of Literature.

The internships start in October and are exclusively for students who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria and who will graduate in the 2021-22 academic year.

Hear from our interns:

How does it work? 

There are seven internships available annually. 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 public relations. In addition, insight may be gained into key operational areas including box office, front of house, technical and production depending on the specific host organisation.

A strong and demonstrable interest in and involvement with the arts or broader cultural sector is critical to success. We are looking for potential rather than explicit experience or pre-existing skills.


Who is eligible? 

Creative Pathways internships are exclusively for students occupying one or more of the priority groups listed. This is to ensure that students from backgrounds in the United Kingdom that are underrepresented in Higher Education can fully access the opportunities available to all students and to improve social mobility. You must also be a home fee-paying student at the University of Nottingham with a permanent UK address; want to gain practical experience to support your career development in the creative 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 (i.e. where you lived before university) into the ‘Contextual offers’ postcode checker on the University of Nottingham’s website
  • If you may be eligible for a contextual offer’ displays following searching, this indicates your home address is in a neighbourhood that meets the above criteria.

Where are the internships based?


How do I apply?

Applications will open around May 2022


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