Work Experience and Internship Programme at Rye Studio School
Our Internship Programme at Rye Studio
Rye Studio delivers an internship programme that aims to embed employability skills at the heart of the curriculum, giving all students the opportunity to experience the real world of work, be it as a freelance practitioner or part of a team. From CV writing and interview techniques to appropriate dress codes, students learn how to apply for a placement, how to present themselves and their skills to the best possible advantage, and ultimately how to be a confident – and successful applicant.
Why the focus on internships?
Guided by growing evidence that employers are concerned about key skills gaps in the British economy and where every new survey of unfilled vacancies confirms that employers are looking for - and not finding - key employability skills amongst school leavers, the Studio internship programme dovetails with the curriculum. As equipping young people with employability skills alone is not enough, our programme is geared to help young people to think creatively, build resilience and to be able to respond effectively to rapidly changing circumstances. The evidence suggests that embedding creativity and an ability to respond successfully to change is vital if the UK is to compete in an increasingly globalised service economy.
How does our internship programme work?
Our work placements vary from single intensive days on photo shoots and filming opportunities and weeklong internships to collaboration with touring companies, film and arts festivals. Students travel to Brighton, Hastings, London and Folkestone, as well as working with local businesses, galleries and creative in Rye in order to gain varied and valuable experience. From working on new business start-ups to becoming a key member of a fashion PR team, recording studio, charity, photographic location or art gallery, students can try out a variety of professions in succession, giving them a broad understanding of the career opportunities available in both public and private sectors. The programme is supported and underpinned by a growing portfolio of professional who share their expertise, career paths and business acumen with our students as visiting lecturers, guest speakers or as part of the Deloitte Expert Programme devised by Howard Lovell, CEO of Deloitte Switzerland.
Starting with an introduction to employability, students are prepared with the required skills and understanding to research vacancies, apply for and gain interviews, master interview techniques, gain the confidence to travel to work, collaborate, participate and engage with professionals in their chosen field of work. Whilst our curriculum at the Studio has a defined focus, the work placements we offer are as varied as the world of work, allowing students to try out a range of employment options to inform their progression. They can source their own placements or apply for one through our job opportunities noticeboard and internships co-ordinator.
With a growing number of universities and employers looking for experience as well as academic achievement, internships have an increasing importance in our students’ progression.
· Through work placements, students experience the real working environment, gain valuable employability skills, build their CV and become highly employable, as well as more valuable to universities.
· Students have the opportunity to experience the workplace for one day a week for a minimum of 8 weeks up to a year or for block internships during their holidays.
· Students gain an insight into business and have the opportunity to learn from successful employers and other employees.
· Through our Deloitte Expert Programme and Master Classes, students engage with leading CEOs, leaders, entrepreneurs and inspiring creatives in all fields, learn from their experiences and start to build a network of contacts.
· Our in-house companies allow students to gain valuable employability skills, including how to pitch for genuine industry led projects, and how to complete won projects within a deadline and on budget.
· Rye Studio has built up an impressive portfolio of work placements locally and further afield in Hastings, Folkestone, Brighton and London. From leading fashion PR companies, Modus and Halpern and arts organisations such as the De La Warr Pavilion and the London Arts Fair to top hotels including The George and The Mermaid, our aim is to match students' aspirations and ambitions to their internship.
How to apply
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