Its Creative Interns Programme has long been recognised in the industry as being one of the best in the region, with past apprentices moving on to work in some of the most high profile arts establishments and organisations in the UK.
Now Eastleigh Borough Council’s Culture Unit has decided it was high time to give these interns their own voice, a platform on which to share their day-to-day experiences, by launching Creative Interns Eastleigh.
This newly designed social media hub will allow EBC Culture Unit’s creative interns to highlight the opportunities they are given on the paid internship programme as well as showcase their individual talents. It will act as a portal into the world of a Creative Eastleigh Intern, as well as an online CV for future employers.
Entering the world of work can be a tough journey and one faced with many challenges. But with EBC Culture Unit’s Creative Interns Programme many young people are given a chance to take their first steps into the creative sector.
Chandler Divers, who is a Press & PR Intern in EBC Culture Unit, said:
“With so much going on across all of the creative hubs in Eastleigh, all of the interns learn a great deal throughout their internship. Our new social media platforms will allow us to showcase our work and tell the world what we get up to during our time here.
“The quality of work produced is very high and we’re very proud of what we achieve. It will be fantastic to promote the internship programme and also show off our achievements.”
The highly successful internship programme runs across EBC Culture Unit’s numerous hubs from The Point and Berry Theatre to The Sorting Office and Tec Hub. Various positions are offered within the programme, ranging from Drama Development, Dance, Technical, Marketing, Programming, Sponsorship, and Press & PR.
Bright futures seem second nature to Eastleigh’s interns as creative careers are commonplace for the young talent benefiting from the Creative Interns Programme.
Lisa Williamson is a former Drama Development Intern with The Point. As part of her year-long internship she oversaw a number of drama initiatives and worked closely with local schools on creative learning programmes. Her internship gave her valuable insight into the industry as well as experience and as such gave her the skills to move on to a full-time role as Creative Learning Facilitator at The Dundee Rep theatre in Scotland.
Of her experience at The Point Lisa said:
“There simply aren’t enough entry level arts jobs out there. There is no way I would have moved onto a job like this without the experience I’ve gained through this internship.”
Dr Cheryl Butler, Head of Culture for Eastleigh Borough Council, is immensely proud of the Creative Interns Programme, for the opportunities it provides to young people starting out in the creative sector. She said:
“We know from the huge number of applications we receive for our positions how difficult it is for young people to get a job without relevant experience.
“This led to the plan to restructure the Council’s entry level positions by offering paid internships as a means to help young people progress in the creative industries.
“Rather than limiting young creatives to administrational work, our internships are designed to progress the careers of young people as they work on real projects in our creative hubs with the support of experienced professionals.
“You don’t learn anything from making the tea or typing up everyone else’s notes that’s why our internships focus on actual industry experience. In our press offices, our interns learn about writing and distributing stories. In the dance team they help run classes and organise events. In drama development, they learn how to direct shows and work with young people.
“By the end of their time here we hope our interns will have the confidence and the knowledge to walk into their dream job interview with bags of experience and their heads held high with confidence.”
Alongside the Culture Unit’s Creative Interns Programme Eastleigh Borough Council run a number of other apprenticeships and internships across all its departments.
Creative Eastleigh Interns can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/creativeeastleighinterns/ and on Twitter at @CE_Interns.
Story by Chandler Divers