Small businesses in the Tees Valley area are being provided with the chance to gain fully funded support from Teesside University graduates to help produce creative content.

Creative Fuse Tees Valley is searching for ambitious Tees Valley SMEs who require digital creative content to collaborate with Teesside University graduates and postgraduates as part of the exciting new creative content internship programme starting in January 2023.

The internships are for four weeks full-time or eight weeks part-time and are being delivered with the support of Teesside University’s Adobe Creative Campus accreditation. The initiative is ERDF funded* meaning that local businesses will receive the support at no cost, and graduates will be paid the recommended living wage for their age during the internship period.

The launch of this initiative comes after the success of the summer internship programme which saw Teesside University students supporting businesses in the Tees Valley by preparing digital creative content or a project brief. As a result, many SMEs in the region were able to strengthen their capacity by bringing in extra creative and digital skills at no cost.

As an accredited Adobe Creative Campus, each of the Teesside University graduates and postgraduates have access to the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite to create digital creative content.

Lynsey Robinson, Director of DigitalCity, said: “We are delighted to once again be able to provide local businesses with this fully funded opportunity to gain a Teesside University intern, who are using their creative skills to support SMEs who otherwise wouldn’t be able to gain such expertise and resources to produce creative content.

“At Creative Fuse Tees Valley, our aim is to collaborate with Tees Valley businesses to promote growth and to support SMEs throughout their business journeys.”

Successful applications are based on a matching process and availability of the business and graduate. The internships can be flexible depending on the project and intern and Creative Fuse Tees Valley can help you build your brief.

Interns could produce content such as social media, website or film content, with the only proviso being that there is a tangible asset delivered at the end of the internship period and that businesses are realistic with their projects and briefs.

Creative Fuse Tees Valley will match the opportunity with an intern who has the skills and passion for the type of content and/or the sector you are working in to ensure briefs are met correctly with the right expertise.

If you are a Tees Valley business and require some digital creative content like social media/website content, animations or films then please apply now and we can help you.

Tees Valley businesses and Teesside University graduates can contact Natalie Bennett to register their interest in the internship programme and to find out if they are eligible. Please email