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The Enterprise Experience Programme allows you to gain some hands-on work experience with a business started by UAL Alumni.

The Enterprise Experience Programme offers short paid internships to current UAL students, placing them with small creative businesses during June-July 2023.

These internships are a great way to gain professional experience you can include on your CV, explore career options and build your network,

All internships are with businesses set up by UAL graduates and will provide insights into what is involved in running a creative enterprise.

Applications for the 2023 programme have now closed.

Who can apply?

The Enterprise Experience Programme is open to:

  • current UAL students on an undergraduate programme. Those completing MA or other higher courses and those who graduated before 2023 are not eligible
  • home UK students. We cannot support work visa applications.

The Enterprise Experience Programme is aimed at students who are under-represented in the arts and who would be unable to take unpaid opportunities and work experience.

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

Why take part?

  • Gain real-life work experience and employability skills which you can include on your CV and cover letters and in interviews for future job opportunities.
  • Develop professional skills like communication, time management and problem-solving.
  • Explore career options in the creative sector.
  • Network with professionals and increase your industry contacts.
  • Gain insights into what is involved in running your own business and see how UAL graduates have launched and run their own creative enterprises.
  • Add your internship employer as a reference for future job applications.
  • Internships are flexible so can fit around other commitments you might have like work, study or care responsibilities.

What you will get

  • Over a period of six weeks, you will have the opportunity to work up to 50 hours. Some employers will be able to offer flexible hours.
  • You will be paid an hourly rate of £11.95 (London Living Wage).
  • You must take part in two training sessions which will be run by UAL’s Careers and Employability team:
    • one before the internship starts which will support you in how to get the most from the opportunity
    • the second takes place after you have completed your internship and will help you to identify the skills you have developed.
  • You will have a named contact in UAL’s Careers and Employability team who is available to provide support to you throughout the programme.
  • Each internship is unique, but you can expect to experience what it is like to work in a professional environment, apply your existing skills to real-life work scenarios, learn new skills and gain an understanding of some of the things involved in running a creative business.
  • The internships offered are a mix of working from home, some are based at the employer’s premises and others will be both working from home and on-site with the employer.

How to apply

Applications for the 2023 programme have now closed. We will contact the shortlisted candidates once we have processed the applications.

All roles will be advertised on Creative Opportunities and you can apply for up to 3 different internships. However, the maximum number of internships you could do would be one.

You can read our applicant guide (PDF 357KB) for more information on the programme and tips on applying.

Upcoming deadlines

All internships must take place between 5 June – 14 July 2023

  • 15 March - Applications open
  • 11 April, 9am - Applications close.
  • Week commencing 8 May - interviews for shortlisted applicants
  • Week commencing 22 May - Pre-internship training.
  • Week commencing 24 July - Post-internship workshop.

Dates are subject to change.

Supporting you

We ran online session providing support with the application process and more details about the internships. You can also access careers resources through our web pages to help you with your CV, cover letter and portfolio.

If you have any questions or believe there are any barriers to your participation in this opportunity, or you have any access requirements you wish to discuss, we would be happy to talk to you.

Please contact

Internships available

All internships are with businesses set up by UAL graduates who have been through our Creative Business Accelerator.


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