Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts

Lakeside team members working at Wheee! Festival

Work & Volunteer

At Lakeside we are always on the lookout for creative and motivated people from a wide variety of backgrounds to fill our employee, volunteer, internship or traineeship roles.



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. 

Successful applicants have the chance to get a wide range of vocational experience, including event planning, organising and delivery; finance and fundraising; budget administration and management; and marketing, publicity, communications and PR – providing them with a significant springboard into a future career in the sector.

The internships run from October to April for three years starting in October 2019. They 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 graduating in summer 2020 from 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 eligibility criteria detailed below:

Eligibility Criteria
  • 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

The internships are based across seven Nottingham’s cultural organisations: City Arts, Dance4, Lakeside Arts, Nonsuch, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Playhouse and UNESCO City of Literature.

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Undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Nottingham are invited to enhance their CVs by gaining work experience at Lakeside Arts. There are paid opportunities as part of the Front of House team, Nottingham Advantage Award volunteer opportunities and a number of opportunities for students to volunteer on a one-off basis at Lakeside to help us deliver special events and festivals.

Paid internships and graduate training schemes are also available. Team working, marketing, working to deadlines, customer service and public engagement are just a few of the diverse range of transferable workplace skills that can be gained here.


To be eligible to apply, applicants must be current University of Nottingham students.

Application deadline is Friday 19 June, 5pm.




To be eligible to apply, applicants must be current University of Nottingham students.

Application deadline is Friday 19 June, 5pm.



For more information please contact Lakeside’s Learning Assistant, Louise Kay:


The University of Nottingham Museum is currently supported in its work by a team of 40 student and community volunteers. Museum volunteers undertake a wide variety of work in areas of collections care and development and the education and public programme.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Clare Pickersgill: