Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts

Trainee working at a University Choir and Philharmonia concert

Student Traineeships

Lakeside Arts offers four student Arts Administration Traineeships attached to the administration and management of the University Philharmonia and University Choir.

These paid traineeships are only available to current UoN students and are advertised on the Lakeside website annually in the spring for appointment for the following academic year. Lakeside has been running the Traineeships since 2006 and they provide an excellent opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and experience in large ensemble administration and event management in preparation for entry to an Arts Administration career. Previous role holders have gained employment at the Royal Academy of Music, Britten Sinfonia, Snape Maltings, Faber Music and BBC Philharmonic.

We are currently recruiting for Arts Administration Trainees

Arts Administration Traineeships

Arts Administration Traineeships

Location: Lakeside Arts, University Park Campus
Hours of Work: 70 hours per year (approx. 4 hours per week in term time)
Salary: £11.01 per hour + holiday pay
Application Closing Date: Wednesday 28 June

Lakeside Arts is recruiting four University of Nottingham student Arts Administration Trainees for the academic year 2023-24 to work alongside the Head of Music Programmes and Creative Programme Administrator to deliver an exciting programme of University music making, including administering the University Philharmonia or Choir.

Through mentoring and training the successful candidates will develop skills in: event management, ensemble management, marketing and music librarianship.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with excellent people skills. They will also be able to demonstrate good organisational skills and may have experience managing an ensemble in a University context. Third-year and postgraduate students considering a career in arts administration are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please note, only current University of Nottingham students are eligible to apply for the Traineeships. Applications are to be emailed to by Thursday 15 June. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 21 June.

Role Description

Application Form



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The ensemble traineeship at Lakeside is a fantastic initiative that provides students with an opportunity to gain practical experience of artistic administration in a supportive and exciting University environment. My position with the University Choir gave me an important insight into the logistics of running a choral ensemble, and during the course of the year, I developed a set of organisational and management skills that have since been applied to various professional internships and placements in the music industry. I cannot recommend enough applying for the traineeship; it is a truly fantastic opportunity that can open up many new doors for your future career!”
Jonathan Newsome, former Trainee

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I think the traineeships are a great initiative - it's difficult to get experience elsewhere as most places want you to already have experience before they'll give you any (not helpful!). Definitely a good thing to add to a CV.”
Rosalind Kipps, former Trainee 

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Being part of the Lakeside team has been great fun and really rewarding. In addition to learning about ensemble administration and concert logistics, this role has given me the opportunity to meet and work with some great people and has encouraged me to look into a possible future career in arts administration.”
Suzy Johnson, former Trainee