Internships good practice case study: AWP Internships 2012

The Artquest & Widening Participation (AWP) Internships programme was launched in 2012 as a pilot project to support recent graduates by providing them with paid experience with some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations.

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 aimed to level the playing field, placing UAL’s Widening Participation programme graduates in paid roles to ensure diversity and equality of access to jobs in the visual arts.

This short film charts the experiences of interns and organisations who participated in the pilot year of the scheme and the reasons behind establishing the AWP Internships.

The AWP internship scheme is now a regular part of Artquest’s programme and is run annually, supported by the Widening Participation and Progression department at University of the Arts London. You can read more about the scheme and hear more detailed accounts from the first years interns on our project page.


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