Use the Creative Opportunities jobsboard to find internship opportunities
Internships are usually short-term positions that offer you a chance to gain valuable work experience in your industry of interest. They are also a good opportunity to make professional connections that can help open doors for your career.
Before you start searching for an internship, it’s worth considering what you want out of the experience.
With this basic criteria you can then think about the logistics and what’s possible.
This is really a process of weighing up how much you are willing to invest for valuable work experience.
There are a few key things to look out for when searching for internships. You should consider these basic rights of employment and see if these are indicated in the job description or application:
Employers should allocate someone working in a similar role to supervise interns, mentor them, and conduct a performance review.
On completion of the internship, employers should provide interns with a reference letter.
Employers offering internships should follow UK equal opportunities and employment and health and safety legislation. You should be able to resolve most issues or problems encountered during your internship by discussing them with the company.
If you find that an employer expects you to work specified hours or undertake specific duties, then you would legally be classed as a “worker”.
The fair internships animation can inform and educate employers about good practice internships. It can also offer advice to students and graduates about their rights. You can refer to this if you are contacting or negotiating with an employer about an internship. You can also refer to our Internship Policy for further details and useful links.
We encourage students and graduates to only apply for paid internships. This is to make sure you are fairly treated and rewarded for your work, and to help break a culture of unpaid work in the creative industries. Paid internships support you while working and provide a more fulfilling and productive work experience because employers are valuing the intern.
While you are an intern there are a few things to think about: