Small businesses in the region are being offered the opportunity to gain talented students and graduates to work in their company for four weeks to deliver digital creative content, run by DigitalCity and Teesside University funded through ERDF.

The fully funded, four-week internships are being offered through Creative Fuse Tees Valley, a Teesside University-led initiative helping SMEs and freelancers in the creative, cultural, heritage and digital industries to thrive and grow.

Businesses which have a need for a piece of digital creative content but have not had the time or the expertise to make it happen are being encouraged to apply for the internships.


Second and third-year, along with graduate students will be placed within the business for four weeks over the summer and respond to the brief and specifications while being paid the recommended living wage for their age.

Examples of projects which might be delivered could be a short ‘how to’ film to accompany a new product launch, or an explanatory animation to be used on a website. The interns could also work to create content and images for social media channels.

Each intern will be specifically matched to the company to ensure they have the skills and passion for the type of content and/or the sector the business is working in.

Throughout the course of their internship, they will also receive support and guidance from academics and staff at Teesside University, as well as access to the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

Wendy Parvin, Business Development Manager, Creative Fuse Tees Valley, said: “This is a valuable opportunity for both students and businesses to engage with the Creative Fuse Tees Valley programme of activities aimed at growing the local creative and cultural business community.


“These digital content projects require the student to practice being a consultant to a small business, responding innovatively to their live briefs. Students will build their professional practice skills and networks, all while having dedicated university support from academic staff and access to a range of resources via Adobe Creative Cloud. At the same time companies will have access to fully-funded graduate expertise providing creative solutions to help their business grow.”

Local SME businesses and freelancers in the Tees Valley area and Teesside University students or graduates interested in taking part in the Creative Content Internship Programme are invited to contact Akeel Majid to register their interest and check their eligibility via email: