Sheffield graduate internship: Faculty of Arts and Humanities/Arts Enterprise

Sheffield graduate internship: Faculty of Arts and Humanities/Arts Enterprise

Faculty Office 3 graduate intern NickNick Potter offers some insight into the work he has been doing while interning with the external engagement team.

Having graduated with a history degree from the University of Sheffield in summer 2012, I was delighted to return to the University in December 2013 to begin a six month internship in external engagement for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. It has been wonderful to be able to work with academics on their projects, having been lectured by them previously.

My main project is a series of public engagement events called In The City. I have curated and helped to bring together over 25 events, working with academics within the Faculty to develop their research into creative and engaging public events.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility and creative freedom of this post, and I feel that the In The City programme is varied, but cohesive. The series runs this May and early June, and includes talks, symposia, an open curation day at Weston Park Museum, a multimedia and live performance celebration of Cabaret Voltaire, film screenings, an academic picnic and more.

Alongside this, I have worked on social media networks for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ public engagement body, Arts Enterprise, and I have written and developed evaluative reports for future use.

The work has been incredibly rewarding, and has really developed my skills in project and events management. I have learnt a great deal about the internal functions of a higher education institution, and have been inspired to pursue a career in arts engagement.

After my internship, I will return to further academic study, having successfully applied for a place on the Faculty’s Public Humanities MA.