What is Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage?

Based on the growing number of students showing an interest in the arts, culture and heritage sectors, Exeter have teamed up with the RAMM museum to deliver a 4 day training course followed by a paid week long internship. This programme will successfully bring together creative SMEs (Small or Medium sized Enterprise) in the local area and talented Exeter student interns. These students work on real life projects adding valuable research and support linked to their internship providers activities.

The interactive programme comprises of 3 key elements:

  • Training - 4 days of intensive technical and employability training; Monday 19th June 2017 – Thursday 22ndJune 2017
  • Project - You will work in small groups to apply your learning to a real life business project during the training period
  • Internship - You will be assigned a local company where you will undertake a 1 week paid internship; Monday 26th June 2017- Friday 30th June 2017

Applications for the 2016/2017 programme are now open:

To apply please complete the Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage Application Form 

See below for more information:

You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply for the programme. We welcome applications from all disciplines and levels of study, as long as you can demonstrate a keen interest in this subject area.

You must have the right to work in the UK and provide your visa status and explanation on your application form. If you are called to the selection assessment session you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.

In order to participate in an internship, you will need to have a National Insurance number, or be in the process of applying for one. You must have your National Insurance number or proof of application ready to show your employer when you commence your internship. In addition to this, if you are currently working in another role, you will need to supply your internship employer with your tax code. Alternatively, if you were working in another role which finished before the end of the current tax year, you will need to supply your internship employer with your P45

To apply please complete the Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage Application Form 

It is important to note that information you provide on your application form will be shared with the RAMM as part of the internship matching process, and subsequently the internship employers.

Every application form will be reviewed once the programme advert closes on Thursday 2nd March 2017. After application forms have been reviewed students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment session on campus where the final 20 students will be chosen. You will be notified if you have been called to an assessment centre or not by Friday 10th March 2017.

The assessment sessions will take place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March 2017. These will be the only sessions delivered so in order for you to be successfully chosen for the programme you will need to be able to commit to attending.

The application process is highly competitive and therefore only the best performing students will be selected for an assessment session and subsequently for inclusion on the programme.
Any students not successful in the application process will receive feedback for their performance, and will be signposted to resources and support available.

Training will take place the week after the end of the Summer 2017 term (Monday 19th June - Wednesday 21st June).

The 20 successfully selected students will undertake 3 days of intensive training delivered by the RAMM’s partners and associates, sessions include (but not exclusively):

  • Project Management
  • Funding sources
  • Funding applications
  • Working with the public - assessing customer needs and communications.
  • Digital presence
  • Dealing with the media - writing press releases
  • Designing and analysing visitor feedback surveys
  • Recruiting, supervising and motivating volunteers
  • Budget management and strategic planning
  • Administering the collection of entrance fees, donations, sponsorship and memberships
  • Developing outreach activities in the local community
  • Organising and monitoring building work and conservation work
  • Running a commercial shop
  • Generating income from commercial activities, such as catering and hiring out venue for events and film shoots

Training will take place over 3 full days based at the University of Exeter, Streatham Campus.

Throughout your training you will work in groups linking what you learn to a real life business project provided on your first day of training. On the final day of the programme your group will deliver a presentation to a panel of judges made up of RAMM associates and University of Exeter staff.

If selected, you will need to undertake a week long arts, culture or heritage internship provided by one of the local SME's identified by the RAMM. These internships will take place after your training has been completed - Monday 26th June until Friday 30th June 2017.

This week long (36.5 hour) internship will be paid and is fully funded by Santander Universities.

If selected you will be invited to a pre-course briefing session prior to the training week, where the range of internship projects will be presented to you and you will be required to identify which projects you are most interested in.

A matching process will then be completed based on the associates involved in the project and your application form and identified preferences. No guarantee can be made that you will be matched to your preferred project but our aim is to match as many students to their preferred projects as possible.


If you have any questions about the programme please contact the Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage Administrator by emailing j.mccreedie@exeter.ac.uk

  • gain an insight into different roles in the arts, culture and heritage sector
  • increase knowledge of sector specific activities
  • learn in an interactive and experiential environment
  • work with students from different year groups, subjects and levels of degree
  • be inspired by experienced professionals
  • gain confidence in your abilities
  • develop your career plan
  • apply newly acquired learning to a group project as part of the training
  • culminates in an essential work experience, undertaking a paid internship with a local arts, culture or heritage employer
  • receive a certificate and reference