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AWP Internships is an annual internship scheme that places recent graduates from University of the Arts London in high-quality internships at some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations. Applications are now open. Read the guidelines and apply.

Key Dates

Application deadline: Extended to 10am on Monday 22nd July 2019

  • Application deadline: Extended to 10am on Monday 22nd July 2019
  • Interviews: 19th August – 20st September 2019 (scroll down to ‘Available Internships’ for individual dates)
  • Internships begin: September 2019 onwards

 If you have any questions about the AWP Internships scheme then please email Tom Pope.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates were invited to apply to the one internship that most appeals to them by the extended deadline of 10am Monday 22nd July 2019

Read the guidelines and apply here.


The AWP internships have been funded to provide opportunities for students who do not have access to advice and support from a parent who is a University graduate. AWP Internships are supported by the UAL Outreach programme and applicants must be from this background. To apply for an AWP Internship, you must:

  • Be graduating from a BA course from one of University of the Arts London colleges finishing in 2019. 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 parent(s)/guardian(s) have NOT completed a University degree
  • Have received a full maintenance grant while studying
  • Qualify as a home (UK) student. We cannot support work visa applications

You will not be able to apply for these internships if you do not meet all of the above criteria.

Each intern receives

  • A paid role at some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations (paid above the London Living Wage of £10.80 per hour)
  • Paid annual leave
  • A mid-term review of progress halfway through their internship
  • Induction and orientation from their host organisation
  • An exit interview and evaluation
  • A reference for future job and internship opportunities.

Guidelines and Application

Application for the AWP Internships scheme is via a simple online form. Eligible candidates were invited to apply to the one internship that most appeals to them by 10am on Monday 22nd July 2019.

Read the guidelines and apply here.

Available Internships

9 internships will run as part of the 2019 scheme. Listed below are introductions to each of the organisations offering them and a downloadable document that describes the specific intern role, what it will involve, the skills and qualities the organisations are looking for. You can also download all of the Internship Role Descriptions in one document at this link : AWP Internships 2019 ALL Internship Role Descriptions


Afterall – a research and publishing organisation responsible for the Afterall journal, the One Work book series, the Exhibition Histories book series, and Critical Readers. Afterall focuses on contemporary art and its relation to a wider artistic, theoretical and social context. The intern will earn editing experience, discuss contemporary art with Afterall’s editorial team and gain an insight into the publishing process.

Afterall Internship Role Description
Interview date: 11th September


Auto Italia South East is an artist-run project and studio that commissions and produces new artwork – collaborating directly with emerging artists. Throughout its history, Auto Italia’s work has taken many forms, ranging from collaborative public programming in temporary spaces, commissions and presentations in institutions and galleries, and the production of collaborative projects through working online. This work has been shown nationally and internationally at Tate Modern and Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; KW Institute for Contemporary Art and abc – art berlin contemporary in Berlin; Artissima LIDO in Turin; Hessel Museum in New York; Künstlerhaus Bremen and Firstdraft in Sydney amongst others.

Auto Italia Internship Role Description
Interview date: 21st August



Cinenova is a non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing feminist films and video makers. Formed in 1991 from the merger of two feminist distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, Cinenova provides the means to discover and watch experimental films, narrative feature films, artists film and video, documentary and educational videos. The thematics in these titles include oppositional histories, post-colonial struggles, reproductive labour, representation of gender, race, sexuality, and importantly, the relations and alliances between these different struggles

Cinenova Internship Role Description
Interview date: 9th September







Forma Arts is one of Europe’s leading visual arts commissioning agencies and creative producers, working in col­laboration with artists, communities and partner organisations to deliver ambitious art projects for the benefit the general public. Characterised by excellence in concept and context, production values and the audience experi­ence, we exist to imagine, enable and deliver celebrated art projects by exceptional artists.

Forma Internship Role Description
Interview date: 17th September



Gasworks – a contemporary art organisation based in South London, housing artists’ studios and offering a programme of exhibitions and events, artists’ residencies, international fellowships and participation projects.  The intern will work directly with Triangle Network staff on network-wide projects, such as international artists’ residencies and workshops, gaining an insight into the coordination of a dynamic global network of grass-roots arts organisations.

Gasworks Internship Role Description
Interview date: 4th September


Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is an evolving, radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation. With the Stuart Hall Library acting as a critical and creative hub for our work, Iniva collaborates with artists, curators, researchers and cultural producers to challenge conventional notions of diversity and difference. Iniva’s aim is to engage a wide audience, particularly young people, in discourse and debate on issues surrounding the politics of race, class and gender.

Iniva Internship Role Description
Interview date: 3rd September


New Contemporaries is the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice from the UK’s established and alternative art programmes. Since 1949 it has consistently supported contemporary visual artists to successfully transition from education into professional practice, primarily by means of an annual, nationally touring exhibition. In addition to the exposure and recognition that being selected for the New Contemporaries exhibition brings, they also provide artists with valuable professional development opportunities such as mentoring, studio bursaries, residencies, commissioning and programming opportunities with our partners. No other open submission or graduate survey provides this level of commitment to making emerging talent sustainable in the long-term.

New Contemporaries Internship Role Description
Interview date: 20th August




The Showroom – a contemporary art space focused on a collaborative and process-driven approach to the production of artwork, exhibitions, discussions, publications, knowledge and relationships. It is committed to supporting artists who have not previously had significant exposure in London. The Showroom’s groundbreaking approach fosters experimental art practice, reflects upon everyday life through engagement with the local community and advocates for international transdisciplinary forms of art and education.

Showroom Internship Role Description
Interview date: 18th September



Studio Voltaire – a leading independent contemporary arts organisation that exists to support artistic practices and create a space for thinking, experimentation and reflection; its main activities are the provision of affordable studios, a renowned programme of exhibitions, performances and commissions, and a pioneering education programme.  The intern will support the trading activities of the organisation, to ensure smooth delivery of its output of artist editions as well as other trading and fundraising activities at its gallery base and offsite at Frieze.

Studio Voltaire Internship Role Description
Interview date: 10th September




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.

Artquest have devised a set of high-quality, structured internships for recent graduates paid at above the London Living Wage. Interns get access to some of the capital’s most innovative and respected visual arts organisations, and in return these small-scale companies receive extra staffing to work on specific forthcoming projects. Each organisation has provided an overview that candidates have applied for, and will work with them part-time over 48 days (approximately 6 months) to realise these projects.

Refer to the testimonials (below) to find out more about the experience of interns from previous years, and to our New Graduates section for more information and advice on internships generally. The programme was shaped by our literature review and report, Intern Culture, commissioned by Artquest and written by Sophie Hope and Joanna Figiel.

The AWP Internship programme is funded by UAL’s Outreach programme, which encourages students who are the first generation attending HE in their families or from low socio-economic backgrounds to go to higher education.  It works with schools and FE colleges across London, with around 97% of young people coming through the programme going on to attend an HE course, and around 30% coming to UAL. The programme is funded in proportion to new, higher HE fees paid to UAL – the more full-fee paying students attending UAL, the larger the budget to work with Outreach programme students.

Intern Testimonials

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. Three shorter case studies were also filmed looking at more detail at the interns experiences at selected organisations who participated in the programme.