Nancy Turner, Projects Intern

Nancy Turner is a Projects Intern for Culture Central. They are a collective voice and development agency for culture and the creative industries in Birmingham. Nancy was the winner of the Creative & Cultural Skills Intern of the Year Award 2019.
Nancy will shortly be starting a job with the Ambassador Theatre Group as Regional Programming Administrator.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

I knew I was keen to work in arts/creative industries and an internship appeared to be the best way to get a foot in the door. I was very lucky that my university offered a full time, paid internship scheme with internships in 10 of the major arts organisations in Birmingham.

I was especially excited to get an internship with Culture Central as I wanted to get an insight into cultural policy. It is rare that an intern gets to have an experience like I did.

Tell me a bit about your day to day work.

It’s hard to sum up day to day work at Culture Central as it was so varied. It is a very small team with ambitious projects and so I had to turn my hand to anything that was thrown at me.

It is a very small team with ambitious projects and so I had to turn my hand to anything that was thrown at me.

Some of the main parts of the job were meeting with emerging artists to hear and help develop their project ideas, helping with the administration side of the commissioning process and assisting in organising both small and large scale events.

What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

What I enjoyed most about my internship was the variety of the work I did. I also loved getting to meet lots of artists in Birmingham and gaining a deep understanding of the benefits and challenges of the creative sector in the West Midlands.

How did it feel to win the Intern of the Year award?

I was very surprised! But it was really nice to feel that my work had been appreciated and acknowledged in this way.

What are your plans for the future?

I have now finished my internship at Culture Central and I am currently enjoyed a well-deserved break by travelling around Central America. On my return I will be starting a new job in London as regional programming administrator at Ambassador Theatre Group which I really excited for!

What advice would you give to others considering a creative internship?

Do it! The experience can be tiring and stressful but overall it is amazing. During the internship take any opportunity to help that comes up as you never know what it may lead to.

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