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What is Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage?

The Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage programme will once again be taking place in 2022. Successful students will take part in four days of training, delivered by industry experts, followed by an internship focused on the arts, culture or heritage sector. The programme is open to all students from all campuses, however please see full eligibility criteria under the 'Am I eligible' heading below.

The interactive programme comprises of 3 key elements:

  • Employer-led training - 4 days of technical and employability training delivered by sector professionals (20 - 23 June 2022)
  • Group project - During the training you will work in small groups on a business challenge before presenting back on the final day
  • Paid internship - You will be assigned an organisation where you will undertake a 35 hour paid internship (full-time or part-time w/c 27 June and/or w/c 4 July 2022)

"Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage provided me with an extensive introduction to the sector through the training and internship and the experience will certainly stand me in good stead for my future career in this sector." (Georgie Rubega, BA Liberal Arts with Study Abroad)

If you are an employer and interested in getting involved in the Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage programme, please visit the employer-facing webpage here.

  • Gain an insight into different roles in the arts, culture and heritage sector
  • Increase knowledge of sector specific activities
  • Be inspired by experienced professionals
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Develop your career plan
  • Culminates in an essential work experience, undertaking a paid internship with an arts, culture or heritage employer
  • This activity counts towards the Exeter Award
  • Receive a certificate

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. However, please see full eligibility criteria below: 

Student status

  • You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply for and take part in the programme (please note, students graduating in Summer 2022 are eligible to apply).
  • Even if the internship is remote working, you must be physically based in the UK to undertake the role.*
  • Students from any campus can apply for this pathway.
  • If you have previously completed the Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage programme, please note you are not eligible to apply again. However you are welcome to apply for a different Pathway. 
  • If you are an interrupted student, you will not have current student status and are therefore ineligible to apply for Professional Pathways.
  • If you are a full-time Postgraduate student, you are limited to working a maximum of 6 hours per week, however if you are able to gain supervisor approval to complete both the training and the 35 hour internship, you will be able to undertake the Pathways programme. You will need to seek approval if you are successful at the assessment centre stage.
  • If you are part-time Postgraduate student, you are limited to working a maximum of 18.25 hours per week, so would need to split your 35 hours across two weeks, unless you get supervisor approval to work full-time (35 hours) in one week. You will need to seek approval if you are successful at the assessment centre stage.

Right to Work (RTW)

  • You must have the right to work in the UK for the duration of Professional Pathways, i.e. it must cover both the training and the internship. 
  • You will be asked to provide your Right to Work evidence at the application stage. Please refer to the List of acceptable RTW docs 2021.
  • If you have been employed by the University within the last 12 months and provided your Right to Work evidence, this should still be up-to-date and you would not need to provide it again. You can declare this to us at the application stage.
  • For more information about Right to Work please see the eClaims webpages. 

International, EU and EEA students

  • You must have the right to work in the UK and depending on your visa restrictions, if you are successful onto the programme, we will try to match you with an employer that will accommodate part-time hours across two weeks, if needed.

*Please refer to the university's webpage here for further information on the university's position on remote/homeworking outside the UK.

Please note, applications for our 2022 Professional Pathway programmes are now closed. Details will be available here later in the year for the 2023 programme. 

The successfully selected students will attend a four day training programme, delivered by industry experts between 20 - 23 June 2022. Our plan is to run the training in person on our Streatham campus in Exeter. For successful Cornwall based students only, paid accommodation in Exeter will be available for the duration of the training as well as up to £50 contribution to cover travel expenses to and from Cornwall to Exeter. You would be expected to attend all sessions for your Pathway programme.

The training will equip you with vital industry knowledge, sector specific information, support to improve your employability and an opportunity to ask the experts any questions and hone your networking skills. You will also attend a session providing preparatory support to help you make the most out of your paid internship.

Please see below some examples of topics covered in previous training sessions:

  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Educational programming in the cultural sector
  • Volunteer Management - recruitment and selection, training and motivating
  • Understanding your audience
  • Budget Management and Strategic Planning
  • Commercial Activities
  • Arranging an Art Exhibition
  • Archiving
  • Visitor and Customer Experience
  • Arts Council Funding
  • Curation

Group Project

In addition to the sessions, the training will include experiential learning and group work projects set by industry professionals. This will give you the opportunity to work in small groups on a real life business challenge and put the content covered in the training sessions, into practice. You will be allocated time at the end of each training day to work on this. On the fourth and final day of training, each group will present their findings in front of a panel to receive feedback.

If selected, you will undertake a paid 35 hour internship in a role focused on the arts, culture or heritage sector. These internships will be either part-time or full-time roles and take place w/c 27 June and/or w/c 4 July 2022, after your training has been completed. During your internship, you may be asked to work on a specific project, undertake a particular piece of work or carry out a range of tasks that will enable you to gain an insight into how the company and sector operate. 

Past internship hosts and roles in 2020 and 2021 included:

National Trust - Chapel Project Research Intern Exeter Cathedral - Research and Design Assistant
Exeter Historic Buildings Trust - Marketing and Audience Development Assistant Circus Futures - Research Assistant
Doorstep Arts - Heritage Research and Engagement Intern Powderham Castle - Educational Visit Programmer
Make it Better (Mitber) - Arts Administrator Exeter Phoenix - Student Audience Development Intern
Coldharbour Mill Trust - Audience Development Assistant intoBodmin - COVID-19 Projects Assistant
Documental Theatre - Producing Assistant The Charles Causley Trust - Marketing Assistant
Cornwall Film Festival - Digital Marketing and Social Media Assistantcommun Radio Exe - Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator
University of Exeter Culture Team - Heritage Innovation Support Officer Double Elephant Print Workshop - Marketing Assistant
The Chelsea Theatre - Research Assistant Museum of Cornish Life - Assistant Curator
Mayes Creative - Marketing Assistant Fish Factory Art Space - Arts Administration Assistant

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. The internship opportunities on offer via the programme are likely to be a mix of in the workplace and remote-working roles. For internships undertaken in the workplace, you will need to arrange and fund your accommodation and travel expenses, however our aim will be to secure a number of opportunities local to the Exeter and Penryn campuses.

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 top preferences. You will be expected to make contact with your internship host prior to starting your internship. Full guidance will be given on this at the relevant time. 

The salary of £11.09 per hour (inclusive of holiday pay) for this 35 hour internship will be paid by the University of Exeter. 

For students who have gained a place on the programme, we have put together the following guide on Making the Most of Your Internship. We would recommend reading this prior to starting your Pathways internship to be fully prepared. The guide includes useful information on points to action before your first day, things to consider while in the role and what to do when your internship finishes.

If you would like to see where your fellow students have undertaken their Professional Pathways internship and read about their experiences on the programme, you can take a look at their blog posts here, by selecting the various Pathway programmes under the 'By Internship Scheme' drop-down menu at the top. 

Quotes from former Pathways to Arts, Culture & Heritage students: 

"Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage provided me with an extensive introduction to the sector through the training and internship and the experience will certainly stand me in good stead for my future career in this sector."

"The internship has been integral to understand the sector of Heritage and now I know that I would like to further my career into this area."

"I was completely in charge of the Cornwall Film Festival social media pages, so promoted their work, online events, and competitions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I would highly recommend students apply for a Pathways internship in the future, as it has opened my eyes to an entire industry I previously knew very little about."

"My Pathways experience was key in helping me develop my interests in the workplace, and get a more firm idea of the job I want in the future."

"My Internship has provided me with valuable experience which will look great on my CV, especially when applying for graduate roles. I have learned how to work independently while developing my communication skills and confidence. I would particularly recommend an internship for anyone who is looking for work-place experience, exploring their career options."

"It has been paramount in helping me gain a footing in my future career prospects!"

"I have found my internship through the Pathway scheme to be incredibly beneficial in helping me to explore a sector that I had previously had no knowledge of. It has helped me to find an area that I’m interested in and would consider a career in in the future."

"An absolutely invaluable insight into the industry, this is certainly an experience that I will be able to talk about proudly with future prospective employers!"

"My internship with the Culture Team at the University of Exeter was an exciting and useful working experience which has definitely helped me make some decisions about my future career, as well as supporting me in this moment of low job confidence that us students are experiencing."

"This internship was invaluable to my progression both personally and professionally - would recommend to every student!"

"It was an amazing experience that has really helped me with my degree, and even allowed me to think about my future career plans and masters programme."

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 team at: