3 June 2015back

Year 3 Creative Internships Announced

Crafting a Cultural Workforce

A&B Cymru is delighted to announce that, following the success of the last two years, the Creative Internships Programme, which places recent graduates Welsh arts organisations as trainee fundraisers, is continuing for a third year from October 2015.

The programme will operate across Wales and ensure a new intake of graduates have the highest possible quality introduction to fundraising.

Specifically, each intern will:

  • undertake a 10 month, full time, paid placement with a not for profit arts organisation on a specific, measurable project.  A&B Cymru will pay 85% of each intern’s £14K pro-rata salary.  Receiving organisations will be asked to contribute the remaining amount and pay the National Insurance and any necessary pension contribution.
  • receive structured support from the participating arts organisation, including mentoring from a senior fundraiser. A crucial element of the programme is that the receiving arts organisations have an existing fund-raising capacity in order to support the development needs of the interns. 
  • receive mentoring from an A&B Cymru appointed business adviser chosen to meet the intern’s professional needs.
  • have free of charge access to all A&B Cymru training courses in fundraising, governance and business skills, as well as a range of A&B Cymru events through the year.  These will provide tangible development opportunities, as well as key networking opportunities with established professionals.

Criteria for participation:

  • Organisations (by written application): minimum 1 x F/T staff member with proven track record in fundraising; desk/computer/phone made specifically available for intern; demonstrate infrastructure to support the intern throughout the placement; Board commitment to the internship; must be a member of A&B Cymru; ability to provide the financial contribution described above.
  • Intern (by written application and interview/assessment): Minimum 2:2 degree level qualification at an A&B Cymru partner university (listed below); evidence of commitment to career in the arts; evidence of genuine interest in pursuing a career in fundraising; evidence of commitment to developing professional practice abilities; availability to commit to all elements of the programme.

A&B Cymru partner universities are: Bangor University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, University of Wales Trinity St. David, University of South Wales.

Programme Shape:

Following the appointment of the new interns, A&B Cymru will match each organisation with the individual best suited to its work and personality.  Both partners will be invited to a meeting to ensure this match is right.  

The successful interns will undertake a programme of training delivered by A&B Cymru in September 2015.  The 10 month placements will begin in October.  Each intern will be set specific fundraising targets. An experienced fundraiser from the receiving organisation, along with an A&B Cymru business adviser, will provide mentoring support. 

A monthly progress meeting will be held between the graduate and A&B Cymru.  Regular dialogue will also take place with the arts organisation to ensure the project is on track. A formal meeting will be held at the half way point of the internship with all parties. This will be repeated at the end of the placement to measure the success of each project against stated aims. 

If the arts organisation you represent is interested in receiving an intern, please click here to download the Register of Interest form and return to contactus@aandbcymru.org.uk no later than Friday 3 July 2015.

 If you are a recent graduate from one of the A&B Cymru partner universities listed above and are interested in applying for an internship, please click here to download an application pack.  Return to contactus@aandbcymru.org.uk pack no later than Friday 3 July 2015.

To discuss the opportunity, please phone 029 2030 3023.


The Creative Internships Programme is made possible thanks to the vital support of: 


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