29 November 2011
Two leading arts organisations have added their voice to the debate over the conditions that interns should be offered.
Arts Council England and Creative and Cultural Skills have
published guidelines for arts organisations wanting to take on
interns, including how to supply candidates with "meaningful
experiences and responsibilities that contribute to the aims of the
The guidelines also outline appropriate remuneration rates that
companies should offer to interns.
Arts Council chief executive Alan Davey said: "We firmly believe
that arts and culture will benefit from the new ideas and
perspectives presented by a workforce drawn from all sectors of
society. Well-planned, paid internships have a role to play in
bringing about this change by helping people from all backgrounds
gain experience of working in the arts."
The conditions and pay offered to interns has been a
controversial subject in recent months with MPs voicing concerns
about transparency of recruitment for highly sought-after
internship positions, as well as the unpaid status of some
To read the full recommendations from the 'Internships in the
Arts' guidelines, click