Based in Central Manchester the Digital Independent Specialist College (DISC) will be opening its doors to support young people with a flair for digital and creative technology to prepare for adulthood and employment. Over the course of one year the group will develop their digital and creative work based skills, improve their confidence and core employability traits and be supported into an apprenticeship, employment, self-employment or other positive destination in the digital economy.

DISC Supported Internship

Our unique Digital Supported Internship is for 16 to 24 year olds with an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP).  We delivered our first internship in 20/21 under the Digital Inc. brand and just like a digital agency, with a Studio Manager overseeing and guiding the work our interns produced.  Below is a film showcasing the internship where you hear from the Studio Manager and some of the interns about their experiences.

You may have questions after watching so we have put together an FAQs doc. Hopefully, this covers all you need, but if you would like to know anything else, or wish to Express an Interest in this opportunity, please contact Ezra Rushen by email – [email protected] or complete our expression of interest form. You can also download a PDF Flyer if you would like to share the information with others.

Supported Internship

1 year of work experience

1 year full-time agency work experience in our Manchester city centre workspace

Real life briefs

Work on real-life briefs set by creative & digital employers


Careers advice

Customised careers support, advice and guidance. Education, training or employment options.


Maths & English

Weekly Maths and English/functional skills lessons


SEND aware employers

Regular encounters with SEND aware employers. 10-15 supported employment places


Interview time

Time off to attend interviews for further employment, continued education and / or training.

Portfolio & Freelance work

Ability to build their own portfolio and create freelance working opportunities


Pastoral Care

One-to-one pastoral support sessions to safeguard our interns' health and wellbeing


We’ve included a short portfolio film below so you can see some real examples of the typical projects our interns will be able to get involved in.


The safety and care of all young people participating in Digital Advantage programmes is very important to us. You can download our full safeguarding policy and procedure here.

"Students reported the positive impact the work had on their confidence as well as helping them to develop creative skills and the skills necessary to work together to solve problems."

Dave Muncey, Melland High School

Digital Advantage is funded by

Coop Foundation

and supported by