MIF offers local artists, students, school groups and members of the public a fantastic range of talent development opportunities all year round, from six-month paid traineeships to one-off events open to anyone and everyone. Find out more about our paid opportunities for GM creatives in our news section.
As we head towards The Factory we’re committed to supporting the next generation of technicians, producers and arts professionals – offering internships, apprenticeships and other professional development opportunities that will help people of all backgrounds to forge careers in the creative industries.

Artist development programmes
We give emerging artists from Greater Manchester the opportunity to watch leading international artists make new work at close quarters, helping them to develop their knowledge and understanding of how to work across artistic disciplines, at scale and with international creative teams. During MIF19 we worked with six Jerwood Creative Fellows and a cohort of twenty artists through our Creative Lab programme. 

MIF Traineeships
This new annual programme offers college students and unemployed individuals opportunities to take paid work with MIF. Seven trainees have joined our team for MIF19 – you can read more here.

MIF Internships
We regularly invite students studying towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree to take paid work with MIF in areas such as producing, development, creative engagement and marketing. We’re currently developing a new version of the programme and hope to open applications for internships in 2020.

Work experience
We’re also developing a new work experience programme that will offer school and college pupils one-week unpaid placements at MIF. We expect to welcome our first work experiencers in October 2019 – for more information or to register an interest, please email Please note, any data you provide to us will be stored in accordance with our privacy policy.

Professional development
We regularly host professional development placements and visits from local, national and international partners and schemes. Just in the first two months of 2019, we hosted people from the UK, Denmark, and Hong Kong, as well as delivering a new producer training programme in Moscow.

Higher education projects
We work with a network of academic sponsors to create inspiring bespoke opportunities for students to gain industry experience: working with artists on new software, designing and developing Festival Square, and learning new skills from Festival technicians, to give just three examples. To find out how to support our work as an academic sponsor, contact

School and college projects
MIF works regularly with schools and colleges on activities to support creative learning – you can check here to see what we’re up to for MIF19.

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