Learn, Experience, Achieve, Prepare
Since 2017, the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network have developed its professional training programme for future arts leaders, managers, administrators, event coordinators, arts communications officers and researchers. This programme provides a practical real-world experience of working in an arts organisation using the learning by doing approach. We provide on the job training, mentorship, networking, confidence building, career advice and encouragement, experience and a whole lot of fun. This programme is supported by ISACS two core staff CEO Lucy Medlycott and Head of Communication Charlotte Haffner.
Please read the role descriptions and dates for this hands-on opportunity right here:
- Communication and Event Coordinator Assistant
- Research and Information Assistant
If you are interested in finding out more or participating in the L.E.A.P. Programme with ISACS, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV and a letter of motivation. Please note these are voluntary roles. Grant possibility for international applicants under Erasmus scheme.
Previous trainees Testimonials
I'm from Istanbul and living in Dublin. My background is in Arts Management and I recently finished a post-grad course on Cultural Event Management at IADT. I have worked on many international music festivals, live events and theatres when I was in Istanbul.
I joined ISACS team between March-June 2018 as Research and Information Assistant.
It was very exciting and interesting for me to work with Lucy and Charlotte and learn all about the circus, street arts and spectacle sector in Ireland. It has been an invaluable and fun experience for me to be a LEAP trainee. I have attended several events with ISACS and they were all very inspiring, and a great opportunity to explore the sector in Ireland.
While I was working with ISACS, I completed some research on Arts Council Funding for this sector currently and I also initiated the creation of an Artist Tool Kit. I've really enjoyed working and researching the Tool Kit for the ISACS members. I hope that this will be useful and beneficial for those who are looking for assistance. Also analysing the Arts Council's funding helped me greatly to realise the big picture for this sector.
I believe the LEAP Programme will be useful for anyone who would like to achieve new skills, gain experience, professional development and networking. I am very glad that I was part of this amazing team.
As an intern at ISACS, you will have the opportunity to work very closely with Lucy and Charlotte, who are very generous with their time and knowledge. The placement offers great professional development and networking opportunities. The work is varied and very flexible in terms of where your strengths and interests lie with plenty of scopes to input your ideas and develop projects. Overall a great experience that helped me to better identify and articulate my career focus.
'My name is Faustine Damman, I’m a French student and had the opportunity to do an internship with the company ISACS, thanks to Erasmus. My work placement took place in Wexford, in Ireland.
During my work placement, I worked closely with my tutor, ISACS CEO Mrs. Lucy Medlycott. She was an incredible boss, full of imagination and who love her work with passion. She was helpful, nice, supporting and a lot of fun. Most weekends, I visited Irish Arts Festival everywhere in the country. I met with new artists, promoted ISACS, help organise conferences about Circus at those festivals and attend meetings with local authorities.
Also, I had the opportunity to do a week of communication training in Galway city and work online with the communication manager, Charlotte Haffner, to develop my skills in social media. Thanks to this experience, I've learned communication skills, new social media skills, teamwork and how to meet deadlines. I've become more confident, creative, punctual and fluent in English. I had to update the databases, correspond with members, send newsletters and create content for the website like news and job opportunities posts. Furthermore, I had to promote the company and his members on social media and create graphic designs for Arts festivals and the ISACS's events.
It was the perfect experience to discover how a company works in another country. Also, thanks to that experience I would like to create events and work as a web manager in my future career. It was an amazingly great and eventful experience! I would love to work with this company again because the atmosphere is great, the boss is lovely and I really enjoy working in the street arts and circus world.'