Providing priceless experience

Our city is home to some of the world’s largest and most loved festivals—and our University plays a key role in keeping them centre stage.

In the arts sector, we’ve been a proud Partner of the Adelaide Fringe since 2015, and Adelaide Festival since 2019. While in the food and wine community, we’ve supported Tasting Australia since 2021.

This helps to ensure our community continues to enjoy world-class performances and unique experiences. And it gives our students exclusive, money-can’t-buy opportunities to get real, behind-the-scenes industry experience, such as through festival internships and workshops.

Festivals in focus

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We are proud to work with key cultural and arts institutions in South Australia to deliver programs that engage, challenge and inspire.

These activities strengthen our links with the broader community. They are also intentionally aligned to our teaching and learning priorities, which gives our students access to crucial real-world industry experience.

Festivals in focus

Cassie Ackerman

‘My internship was right in the middle of the Adelaide Festival. We were doing events with partners… sponsors… lots of behind-the-scenes work. I really felt like I had achieved something. The Festival was also fantastic for networking—I met the people who are in charge of most of Adelaide’s big events, and people from the Festival gave me references for my current role.’

Cassie Ackerman, Bachelor of Media graduate (2021) and now Adelaide Festival Centre Marketing Coordinator, reflecting on her 2020 Adelaide Festival Business Development and Engagement internship.

Rachel Healy

‘This six-week [Adelaide Festival] internship is for students from all over the University—arts, law, business development, even environmental science—to get some experience during a thrilling time for the organisation, as we prepare for a festival. It’s exactly the kind of opportunity I would have walked over cut glass to access at that age.’

Rachel Healy, Adelaide Festival Joint Artistic Director and University of Adelaide alumnus.

Jess Van Pel

‘During my time at the Adelaide Fringe, I learnt a lot about which direction I wanted my career to take and how I might be able to get there. It was a valuable learning experience that gave me the opportunity to contribute to a festival which I feel incredibly passionate about and proud to be a part of.’

Jess Van Pelt, Bachelor of Media graduate (2021), following her 2020 internship with the Adelaide Fringe.