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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 2021. Due to COVID-19 we have made a few changes to the programme. Successful students will take part in two days of training, delivered online by industry experts, followed by a remote-working internship with an organisation in the arts, culture or heritage sector. The programme is open to all students from all campuses, however please see full eligibility criteria further below.

The interactive programme comprises of 2 key elements:

  • Employer-led training - 2 days of technical and employability training delivered online by sector professionals (dates to be confirmed but will be in w/c 7 and/or 14 June 2021)
  • Paid internship - You will be assigned an organisation where you will undertake a 35 hour paid remote-working internship (full-time or part-time over w/c 21 and w/c 28 June 2021)

Applications for Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage are now open. Find out more under the 'How to apply' heading below. Please note, applications will close at 23:55 on Monday 18th January 2021.

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.
  • You must be based in the UK to undertake the remote internship.
  • 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

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • You will need to be residing in the UK when carrying out the Professional Pathways remote internship. 

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.

Applications for Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage are now open. You can view full details and apply for the 2021 programme, via the new Handshake careers platform here. There are 3 steps you must complete to apply for Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage:

  1. Upload a copy of your updated CV to Handshake
  2. Upload a copy of your Right to Work evidence to Handshake (a list of accepted documents is available to download under the 'Am I eligible' heading on this webpage)
  3. Complete the application form in Handshake
Please ensure you complete all 3 steps above to successfully apply for the programme.
Please note, you are welcome to submit an application for multiple Pathway programmes, however you cannot apply for a Pathway programme if you have previously completed it.
Applications will close at 23:55 on Monday 18th January 2021. 

When applying, students should demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Team working
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Time Management and Organisational Skills
  • Creativity
  • Project Planning and Project Management

What happens after the initial application stage?

Shortlisted students will be invited to attend an online assessment centre which will take place between 10 - 26 March 2021. In order for you to be successful in securing a place on this programme you will need to attend an online assessment centre. If your application is shortlisted, you will be contacted towards the end of January 2021/beginning of February 2021, with details on how to book your space.

Due to COVID-19, the successfully selected students will attend online training sessions, delivered by industry experts. These will take place across two days within either w/c 7 and/or w/c 14 June 2021. You will be expected to attend all sessions for your Pathway programme.

The training should equip you with vital industry knowledge, sector specific information, support to improve your employability and an opportunity to ask the experts any questions.

The intention is to run 6 sessions over the 2 days and will include topics from the previously run sessions below: 

  • 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

If selected, you will undertake a paid 35 hour remote-working 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 over w/c 21 and w/c 28 June 2021, after your training has been completed.  While the internship will be remote, you must still be based in the UK. 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 in 2019 and 2020 included:

National Trust The Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Exeter Historic Buildings Trust Circus Futures
Doorstep Arts Powderham Castle
Exeter Cathedral Exeter Phoenix
Villages in Action intoBodmin
The Eden Project Trowbridge Museum
Cornwall Film Festival Double Elephant Print Workshop
University of Exeter Culture Team (IIB) Exeter Community Centre Trust
The Chelsea Theatre Museum of Cornish Life
Mayes Creative Fish Factory Art Studios

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 salary of £10.65 per hour (inclusive of holiday pay) for this 35 hour internship will be paid by the University of Exeter. 

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. Full guidance will be given on this at the relevant time. 

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 on