The University of Birmingham and its cultural partners sponsor an innovative intern scheme for exceptional graduates from the University. Currently in it’s second year, the scheme awarded ten 6-month placements this summer; each offering real opportunities to gain high quality work experience and undertake meaningful projects at leading cultural organisations in the West Midlands region.
The programme is designed to increase graduates’ knowledge and skills, and for interns to gain an interesting and valuable introduction to the workplace which will enhance their future employment prospects. The structure of the programme includes joint training sessions based at the University at the start, mid point and end of the internship, a six month work based placement and individual mentoring. Each intern is eligible to claim a bursary of £7,000 for the period of the programme.
The 2012 cultural internships were awarded to:
Caroline Gillett (Town Hall Symphony Hall); Emily Withers (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Hannah Hogben (Birmingham Opera Company); Helen Westwood (Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust); Jennifer Waghorn (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust); Lauren Dudley (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery); Lauren Gregory (CBSO Centre); Matthew Rolfe (Sampad); Rachael Heaven (BBC); Rebecca Targett (Birmingham Reperatory Theatre).
Please check back for updates on the progress of our cultural interns who will be contributing to this blog with regular posts.
For more information on the University of Birmingham’s Cultural Intern Scheme, please click here.