The Bristol Creative Industries Internship Programme seeks to open the door to young people from underrepresented backgrounds and provide them with a real opportunity to break into the creative industry.
Two of the biggest challenges facing the creative industries right now are a long-term skills shortage and a lack of diversity in the sector.
BCI members have asked for support on both fronts and we’ve been working hard to create a solution. That’s why, building on the success of previous short-term initiatives like the SXSW Apprentice and Ben Martin Apprentice Award, we’re launching a new collaborative long-term opportunity: the Bristol Creative Industries Internship Programme.
The programme is aimed at young people (18-24yrs) from underrepresented backgrounds wanting to gain more insight and real experience in the creative industries. Working in partnership with Babbasa & 14 creative businesses in Bristol and Bath, the scheme is offering a variety of roles in advertising, marketing, design, digital and animation.
Each intern will complete two 3-month paid internships. The programme will provide a mix of professional skills training, creative skills training, inspirational talks, networking events, mentoring and opportunities for future employment for the interns as well as ED&I training for the businesses involved.
Applications are managed by our friends at Babbasa, a local youth empowerment organisation that supports diverse young people to achieve their career goals regardless of their background.
To apply for the BCI Internship Programme applicants must identify with the following:
* the deadline for applications for the first cohort was 28th March 2023. Application dates for the 2nd cohort to be announced.
Chris Thurling, Chair, Bristol Creative Industries
“We all want to make our industry more diverse and inclusive, but when you run a small business it’s not always easy to know how to make a practical difference. By coming together as the Bristol Creative Industries community to support the internship programme, members can do their bit to help young people get that all important foot in the door.”
Louise Lepic, Animation Lead, Mr B & Friends
“Increased diversity can only make our industry stronger and initiatives like the BMAA are an essential part of the journey to bring talented young people from all walks of life through our doors.”
We’re thrilled to introduce the first 14 interns taking part in the BCI Internship Programme….
Bios coming soon!
Meet the 14 BCI members taking part this year….
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Atomic Smash is a multi-award-winning website performance agency specialising in WordPress and WooCommerce.
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Diva is an award-winning creative agency for some of the world’s best video games developers… Read more
Diva is an award-winning creative agency for some of the world’s best video games developers , publishers, and entertainment brands.
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Halo produces insight driven good ideas that look great and people love. We shape brands… Read more
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We shape brands that matter to people. Brands that demand attention, change behaviour and change the game. Done with intelligent insight, bold strategy and commercial creativity.Read less
McCann Bristol is part of McCann Central, the UK’s largest integrated agency. In our Bristol… Read more
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In our Bristol office, we have around 50 people working across account handling, creative and design, PR and social, media and digital development.
We are also part of McCann Worldgroup, a global agency network that delivers culture-shaping work for some of the world’s biggest brands.
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We deliver positive change through strategic thinking, creative execution and digital engagement. Mr B &… Read more
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Mr B & Friends works with ambitious clients across the UK and beyond. Positive change comes in many shapes and sizes: as large as a brand transformation programme, or as modest as a website refresh or literature review.
Our talented team are dedicated to helping our clients develop more meaningful relationships with their customers through brand, creative and the digital channels.
Newicon is a software development agency specialising in IoT projects, enterprise web and portal systems… Read more
Newicon is a software development agency specialising in IoT projects, enterprise web and portal systems and mobile applications for an array of sectors including but not limited to aerospace, marine, engineering and health care organisations.
We’re experts in four key service areas: innovation, design, software and cloud. What that really means is that we help businesses to use smart technology to work towards a better tomorrow.Read less
Noble specialises in online digital marketing. We work with our clients to help them grow… Read more
Noble specialises in online digital marketing.
We work with our clients to help them grow their businesses using performance marketing strategies such as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Campaigns and Social Media Marketing (SMM).Read less
We are a strategic creative agency that brings out the best in brands. With offices… Read more
We are a strategic creative agency that brings out the best in brands.
With offices in Bristol and London, we make campaigns and content for clients who want to go further – we’re an end-to-end agency.We get closer to our clients, their businesses, the issues and the opportunities that face them.Read less
We are a creative consultancy who design cultures, brands and digital experiences to be more… Read more
We are a creative consultancy who design cultures, brands and digital experiences to be more human.
We deliver growth by focusing on where it comes from. Whether it’s your customers, colleagues or partners, we recognise your key audience are exactly that – the key to your success. Our super-power is the ability to unlock the way they think, feel and act. Helping you connect with them on a more human level.Read less
ThirtyThree is an advertising agency that specialises in promoting jobs instead of products. For example,… Read more
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We do that in the UK, and around the world. And we do it for companies like ASOS, Lidl, KFC, Royal Mail, The British Army, and a lot of companies in sectors like law, finance, pharmaceuticals & business that you probably haven’t heard of….yet!Read less
We’re an integrated creative agency. We believe that ideas should work everywhere and that brilliant… Read more
We’re an integrated creative agency.
We believe that ideas should work everywhere and that brilliant results are what really matter. We combine deep digital, advertising and experiential expertise, with a strong heritage in local marketing and award-winning creativity to make it all happen.
From offices in Bristol, London and Reading, our teams bring together a range of multi-channel specialisms. These include fully integrated, digital, social, live experiences and retail activation, across sectors spanning B2B, FMCG, automotive, the public sector, technology, mobile and more.Read less
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“We work with many young people from underrepresented backgrounds from across the city, and one of the sectors they most want to break through into is the creative one. This programme in partnership with BCI is aiming to breakdown those barriers to entry and provide a foot in the door for some of the city’s brightest talent. We are incredibly excited to officially open the application process and look forward to helping applicants find the role for them.”
Poku Pipim Osei, CEO & Founder of Babbasa
Membership of Bristol Creative Industries is FREE for students and graduates who have left education within the last 12 months.Register for student membership here
If you’d like to apply for a Bristol Creative Industries internship, please get in touch with Babbasa.Apply here