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:

  • Training - 4 days of intensive technical and employability training; Monday 17 June – Thursday 20 June 2019
  • 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 24 June - Friday 28 June 2019

It all adds up! This Careers activity counts towards the Exeter Award.









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  • 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

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.

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.

Applications will open in January 2019.

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 in March 2019. After application forms have been reviewed students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment session in the same month. 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 - TBC March 2019
  • and for Penryn - TBC 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.

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

The successfully selected students will undertake 4 days of intensive training delivered by the RAMM’s partners and associates, sessions include (but not exclusively):

  1. Project Management
  2. Fundraising
  3. Communications and PR
  4. Digitising Collections
  5. Volunteer Management - recruitment and selection, training and motivating
  6. Budget Managements and Strategic Planning
  7. Commercial Activities
  8. Community Arts
  9. Visitor and Customer Service
  10. Digital Presence - social media, blogging and e-commerce
  11. Evaluation Theory
  12. How to Make the Most of your Internship

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 at each location.

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 24 June until Friday 28 June 2019.

This week long (35 hour) internship will be paid and is fully funded by the University of Exeter. 

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.


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:

Helen Crowther on 01392 726 349 or (for the Exeter programme) 

Chez Crickmere on 01326 255 756 or (for the Cornwall programme).