RSC Work Placement Programme
We offer work placements in many departments at the RSC.
By doing a work placement at the Royal Shakespeare Company, you will have a first-hand opportunity to see a fully professional, internationally renowned theatre company at work.
About the Placement Programme
Placements are unpaid and can last anything from one week, up to three months. We aim to provide a valuable learning experience through all of our placements, and they will usually be linked to a particular project or show we're working on.
For health and safety reasons, you need to be aged 18 or over to undertake a work placement with the RSC.
See school work experience for programmes available to younger candidates.
The RSC regularly hosts work placements in the following departments:
This list is non exhaustive and other placements might become available in the future.
We also have a Trainee Designer scheme. It is a paid position offered every year to two graduates in Design. The closing date for applications in 2013-2014 is the 25 January 2013. To see the job description and apply online, visit the Current vacancies section of the website.
Dates and availability of placements
Our placements are often structured around specific projects, and we cannot always predict exactly when the next placement will come up.
If placement dates are not advertised on the website, it usually means we don't know them ourselves yet. So, to make sure you are the first to know about a new opportunity, you can sign up for alerts, and we'll email you as soon as the placement becomes available.
The Recruitment Process
Applying for a work placement at the RSC is very similar to applying for a paid job. To apply for current placement vacancies you'll need to complete an online application form. We generally begin recruiting for a placement about two months prior to the start date. We believe that all our opportunities should be accessible to everybody, so all placements are advertised on our website and must be applied for by completing the online application. We are unable to host any additional placements outside of the official programme, or accept speculative CV's for consideration. Just like a job description, each of our placements has selection criteria, which applicants should demonstrate that they meet on their application form. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend an interview before the final selection is made.
What are we looking for in an application for a work placement?
The selection criteria for each placement is different, and you should read the placement description and criteria carefully.
You should demonstrate how you meet the criteria, and ensure that your application is clear and well presented. For all placements, we are looking for evidence of your knowledge and enthusiasm of the area. Try and think of specific examples to demonstrate your understanding and interest in the placement.
We regularly host work placements in a range of backstage departments. To find out more about what they might involve, take a look through the example placement descriptions, listed on the left.
Can't find the placement you're looking for?
Unfortunately, not all departments at the RSC have the capacity to host work placements, or are unable to do so at the moment.
We are continuously reviewing our placement scheme and aim to host work placements in as many departments as possible. So, if it's not here right now, sign up for alerts, and be the first to know if a new opportunity arises.
How long will it take for a decision to be made on my application?
Due to the volume of application forms we receive, it can sometimes take a while to review them all. However, we do reply to all applicants, and you will receive an email to tell you whether you have been selected for interview as soon as possible after the closing date.
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