Interning for an Arts SME

Have you heard about our SME Internship Scheme? It’s a great opportunity for students to find quality, paid work experience opportunities with small and medium enterprises in the UK. Here’s one student’s experience: 


My name’s Tom and I did a 3-month producing and marketing internship with MAYK, a theatre-producing organisation who host Mayfest, a Bristol-based international theatre festival.

The producing aspect of my internship was built around helping to organise Demostage, an event that provides a platform for people to share ideas for creative projects with an audience and ask for feedback. This involved contacting our sharers and the venue on the run-up to the event and also helping out on the day.

Building on the material from previous Demostages, I wrote the copy and marketed the event on MAYK’s social media platforms. I then produced a blog after the event summing up the projects that were shared. In addition to my work on Demostage, I also uploaded, transcribed and shared the instalments from MAYK’s monthly thought residents, carried out online research, and completed administrative tasks.

The internship was a great opportunity to learn about various aspects of theatre production and marketing in a welcoming and supportive environment. It is a difficult area of work to break into as there are relatively few paid opportunities for those starting out, and so I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity. 

MAYK had this to say about the internship:

“For a small organisation like MAYK, our placements are not only an opportunity for a graduate to learn the ropes of producing, but also help us deliver our projects. Tom single-handedly produced our quarterly new ideas platform Demostage, and assisted across all our projects. It was great having him around.”


You can find more information on our website about the scheme and how to apply.

If you’re interested in finding an internship, our listings on mycareer are a great place to start.