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Are you a final year University of Nottingham student, looking to kick-start your career within the creative industries? If yes, then look no further. The Creative Pathways Graduate Internships may be the answer that you’ve been looking for.

As part of our commitment to increase student engagement, Lakeside Arts is leading the UK’s only city-wide cultural internships programme. With support from the University of Nottingham and the Office for Students, we’re offering seven graduates the chance to gain paid training in the following organisations: Lakeside Arts, City Arts, Dance4, Nottingham Contemporary, Nonsuch, Nottingham Playhouse and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.

On the back of a successful 2019-20 cycle, the scheme is returning for its second year and is looking for University of Nottingham students who are graduating in the summer of 2020 to apply for this year’s intake.

However, don’t just take our word from it, hear what some of the current interns have to say:

If you want a creative career, this is a fantastic opportunity to get hands on and learn as much as you possibly can crammed into six months! I would encourage anyone with a creative passion to apply for this opportunity. Long-term, paid, internships can be hard to come by – especially in the arts. If you’re passionate and willing, then you’ll flourish. That’s literally all you need!

There’s no need to have gone to drama school, studied creative writing, curation or fit any specified mould to get a place. My colleagues in this cohort and within Nottingham Contemporary have taught me that the things that make me different are my greatest strengths. This cohort offers a different perspective, and in the arts that’s a true credit.”

Ella, Creative Pathways Intern at Nottingham Contemporary

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When I was in my final year and looking for jobs, I struggled to find a graduate level job that resonated with me. All the fairs were plagued by schemes targeting more corporate realms and all the creative type jobs required me to move to London. However, the Creative Pathways Internships do exactly the opposite: they foster creativity and simultaneously support the Nottingham arts scene. From marketing to programming events to running community arts programmes, the areas covered and skills acquired during the internships are comprehensive to say the least. When I say that no other opportunity would have given me as much valuable experience or training, whilst being enjoyable at the same time, I really mean it.”

Lucy, Creative Pathways Intern at Lakeside Arts

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Applications are now open.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 18 June 2020 

Find out more and apply


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