Work experience & volunteering

Support us or gain valuable experience at one the UKs largest arts centres.

Work Experience

Lighthouse offers an engaging and challenging work experience placement for students. Over the course of the placement, students will learn about a range of roles at Lighthouse, both backstage and front of house with the aim of giving them real-world knowledge and experience of the inner workings of a nationally significant arts centre and of the creative industries in the UK and beyond. 

There will be chance to shadow each department so that students leave us with an in-depth understanding of the work required across the building to deliver our broad and exciting programme each year. 

These departments include, Programming, Front of House, Marketing, HR, Fundraising, Creative Engagement and Technical.  

Please note we only accept students for one-week bookings.  

For any queries please email 

Applications for 2024 are now closed with applications for the 2025 intake opening in November 2024. 

Comments from previous students

“I wanted to email to thank you for the week of work experience that I had at the Lighthouse last week. I think it was very valuable experience and gave me a great insight into life working at the lighthouse and it was very interesting to see all the work the different departments carried out, and I really enjoyed it. It was also great to watch some performances.”

“Thank you so much for a wonderful work experience week and being able to meet lots of wonderful people. It was really great getting to experience all the different departments and being able to see some of the shows on our stewarding days as well!”


Volunteer at Lighthouse

Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the future of Lighthouse and we always looking for people to join our committed team of volunteers. Giving your time to Lighthouse is great fun and very rewarding. Applicants should want to get involved with activities at Lighthouse and be interested in working with a diverse group of people.

We are not currently recruiting volunteers but please check back later in the year.