AWP Internships: guidance and frequently asked questions

  1. Am I eligible?
  2. How do I apply?
  3. How have previous interns found the programme?

1. Am I eligible?

Unpaid internships block learning opportunities for all but the most advantaged sector of society, who can afford to work for free.  The AWP Internships programme aims to level the playing field, placing UAL’s recent Outreach graduates in paid roles to ensure diversity and equality of access to jobs in the visual arts.

AWP Internships are specifically aimed at supporting new graduates under-represented in the arts who would be unable to begin a career without paid employment at the start of their career – those from low socio-economic backgrounds. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply. You must:

  • Be graduating from a BA course from one of UAL’s colleges finishing in the year of application. Those completing MA or other higher courses, and those who graduated in previous years, are not eligible for the AWP programme
  • Not be enrolled on any course of study during the period of the internship
  • Be a student/graduate whose primary caregivers did not attend any higher education institution
  • Have received a full maintenance grant while studying
  • Qualify as a home (UK) student. We cannot support work visa applications

Please note that we cannot consider applications from ineligible candidates.

2. How do I apply?

Application for the AWP Internships scheme is via a simple online form.

Please ensure you leave yourself plenty of time to upload your material as late applications will not be accepted. You do not have to wait for the deadline to apply. You can submit your application any time before the deadline.

To complete the online application, provide a covering letter / application statement in which you should:

  • Explain why you want to do the specific internship you’re applying for
  • Explain what attracts you about the organisation offering this project
  • Show how you can benefit the organisation, as well as how the internship will benefit your specific future career aims
  • Explain how your past work experience relates to the tasks outlined in the project on offer
  • Include useful practical details like your available week days for work and for interview
  • Please note you do not need to include postal address information in your covering letter text

For general advice on writing covering letters read the article on UAL Careers and Employability website.

You will also need to upload a CV  of max 2 sides A4: since you’re a new graduate, your CV is likely to be shorter than this.

Please include information on your education, past relevant work experience and projects, any professional memberships, and your website (if you have one) and contact details. Please do not include images of your work, artist statements about your work or general outside interests.

It is not possible for you to save and return to the form so we recommend that you prepare all of the necessary material before hand and paste it/upload it when you feel it’s ready.

Please note, you can only be considered for one internship and multiple applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or difficulty in filling in the online form please contact Tom Pope.

3. How have previous interns found the programme?

In 2012, the first year of the AWP programme, we interviewed interns and organisations who took part about their experiences as part of our evaluation of the scheme. The films chart the experiences of participating organisations and graduates and consider some of the wider issues around fair internships.

The programme was shaped by our literature review and report Intern Culture, commissioned by Artquest and written by Sophie Hope and Joanna Figiel.