There is no legal definition of an ‘intern’, however a good guideline is that: interns should develop their professional skills and understanding of a profession by undertaking work of value for an employer.

Internships should be clearly distinct from other opportunities that may be available in your organisation, such as job roles, work experience, apprenticeships or volunteering. Each Internship should hold its own distinct tasks and responsibilities, and provide the Intern with a chance to use and develop existing skills and well as acquiring new ones.

Internships will vary in nature depending on the work of the employing organisation and area of the arts and creative industries it sits within. However, for the purposes of this programme, the following should be true:

  • All internships should be for 35 hours per week for a total of 13 weeks.
  • All interns should be paid a minimum of £6.31 an hour. Employers are encouraged to pay more when possible.
  • Interns should be provided with a job title and clearly defined role. This role should give the intern the opportunity to produce work independently and hold responsibilities within the organisation.
  • All interns have an employee/employer relationship with their host organisation. They must legally become an employee of the organisation and be issued with a contract of employment and terms and conditions of employment as well as being subject to all existing organisational policies (e.g. health and safety, equalities). Interns are not allowed to work on a self-employed basis whilst employed through this programme.
  • Internships should be designed to allow the participant to develop existing skills and acquire new ones in order to enhance their career prospects.
  • Internships should be based around one or more projects which contribute to the work of the organisation, rather than taking on a purely shadowing or support role.
  • All interns should be supervised by (or as a minimum work alongside) at least one arts or creative industries colleague who can advise them on how to access work, build contacts and progress a career in a particular area of interest.
  • On completing their internship, all interns should have demonstrable evidence of the work they have done that will enhance their CV or portfolio.