Work placements


Work placements are aimed at people looking to gain experience alongside their higher education studies or after their university course.

As a busy working theatre, we can't offer placements all year round, but offer them when departments have an exciting project to be involved in. Work placements are a learning experience, not a job. They are offered on an unpaid basis.

Applying for a placement
When a work placement becomes available, we advertise the position on our website alongside our jobs at current vacancies. To apply, you need to complete an online application form. To be the first to find out about a placement opportunity, you can sign up for alerts and receive an email when a specific placement opportunity becomes available.

Who can apply for a work placement?
The work placement opportunities we offer are open to anybody aged 18 or over. We regret that due to our health, safety and child protection policies, we are unable to offer placements to those under 18. For school work experience for students in Years 10 & 11, please visit Taste of Theatre.

To apply for a work placement with the RSC you must be legally eligible to work in the United Kingdom. For more information on applying for a working visa, visit

Availability of placements
If you are unable to find the placement opportunity you are looking for, it's because we are currently not offering placements in this area. Whilst we are committed to providing opportunities for learning and career development for young people, we regret that placement vacancies are limited and we cannot always predict when the next placement will be in a specific area.

We also offer other opportunities for learning more and getting involved, and you may find some of our tours, events and workshops are a great way of finding out more about our work. Visit events & exhibitions for further information on what's going on.

Current placement vacancies
Visit our current vacancies to see if any opportunities are currently available. Be the first to find out about a placement opportunity by signing up for job alerts.

Completing your application
We receive a lot of applications, so how do you make yours stand out from the rest? We've put together our top tips to help you:

  • Read the placement description thoroughly, and identify which relevant skills, experience and competencies you have. Think of examples you can draw upon to demonstrate these.
  • Be concise and ensure your information has an impact
  • Keep it simple and clear – you can always elaborate at the interview
  • Read the application questions carefully – take time to think about each question and add your personality to your answer
  • Don't have any unexplained gaps on your application. If you have had a career break or have been travelling, let us know
  • Academic and professional qualifications should flow in a logical order
  • Tell us why the placement is particularly relevant for you – what do you hope to achieve by completing it?
  • Check your application before submitting. Check spelling and get a friend or family member to read through if it helps

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