Professional pathways to arts culture and heritage

What is Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage?

The University of Exeter has teamed up with the RAMM museum to deliver a 4-day training course, followed by a paid week long internship with local creative organisations. This programme will run on both the Streatham campus and the Penryn campus concurrently. 

The interactive programme comprises of 3 key elements:

  • Employer-led training - 4 days of intensive technical and employability training; Monday 17 June – Thursday 20 June 2019
  • Group project - You will work in small groups to apply your learning to a real life business project during the training period
  • Paid internship - You will be assigned an organisation where you will undertake a 1 week paid internship; Monday 24 - Friday 28 June 2019 

Professional Pathways is closed for 2019 applications. To be added to the mailing list for 2020 please email

 If you are an employer please visit the employer facing Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage webpage

  • 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
  • This activity counts towards the Exeter Award
  • Receive a certificate and reference

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 from first year to final year, undergraduate or postgraduate as long as you can demonstrate a keen interest in this subject area. Students should apply for the Arts, Culture and Heritage pathway based in their study area i.e. Penryn based students apply for the Penryn campus programme, St Lukes or Streatham based students to apply for the Exeter based programme.

You must have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the professional pathways i.e. it covers both the training and the internship week. If you are called to the selection assessment centre you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.

Applications for 2018/19 are now closed. Please email to be added to the 2019/20 mailing list.

When applying, applicants should demonstrate the following attributes: team working, communication and presentation skills, emotional intelligence, time management and organisational skills, creativity, project planning and project management.

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

Every application form will be reviewed once the programme advert closes on 24th February 2019. After application forms have been reviewed students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment session in March. An assessment session will be held on both the Streatham campus and the Penryn campus. You will be notified if you have been called to an assessment centre or not by mid-March 2019.

The assessment sessions will take place:

  • for Exeter - 25th-28th March 2019
  • and for Penryn - 29th March 2019

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.

The University offers a wide range of employability support, training and advice that we would recommend you look into to make the most of your internship (click here for details). Here are some of the courses that we think may be useful for you to attend prior to starting your internship:

  • Team working – Click here for details
  • Communication and Presentation Skills – Click on any of the three links for the details; Course 1Course 2 and Course 3
  • Emotional Intelligence – Click here for details
  • Time Management and Organisational Skills - Click on any of the three links for the details; Course 1Course 2 and Course 3
  • Project Planning and Project Management - Click on any of the three links for the details; Course 1Course 2 and Course 3

Training will take place the week after the end of the Summer term (Monday 17 – Thursday 20 June 2019).

The successfully selected students will undertake 4 days of intensive training delivered by the industry professionals, sessions may include (but not exclusively):

  • Project Management
  • Fundraising
  • Communications and PR
  • Volunteer Management - recruitment and selection, training and motivating
  • Budget Management and Strategic Planning
  • Commercial Activities
  • Arranging an Art Exhibition
  • Visitor and Customer Experience
  • Digital Presence - social media, blogging and e-commerce
  • Evaluation Theory

Training will take place over 4 full days based at both the University of Exeter, Streatham Campus and the Penryn campus with places available for 25 students in Exeter and 20 students in Penryn.

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.

If selected, you will undertake a week long arts, culture or heritage internship provided by an organisation in the arts, culture and heritage sectors. These internships will take place after your training has been completed - Monday 24 - Friday 28 June 2019

Past internship hosts in 2017 and 2018 included:

  • National Trust
  • The Royal Albert Memorial Museum
  • Exeter Cathedral
  • Exeter Culture
  • South West Heritage Trust
  • Cornwall Museums Partnership
  • St Michaels Mount
  • The Eden Project
  • The Box, Plymouth
  • Falmouth Art Gallery
  • Hall For Cornwall

The salary of £10.08 per hour (inclusive of holiday pay) for this week long (35 hour) internship will be paid by the University of Exeter. You will need to fund the accommodation and travel expenses for the internship week.

If selected a range of internship projects will be sent to you and you will be required to identify which projects you are most interested in. You will need to consider your travel and accommodation arrangements when ranking your preferences. 

A matching process will be completed in late May based on your application form and identified preferences. No guarantee can be made that you will be matched to your preference. You will be expected to make contact with your internship host prior to starting your internship.


Elements of Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage align with the UN's Sustainable Development Goal, Sustainable Cities and Communities.

If you would like to ask any questions please contact the Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage team on