Freelancing in New Orleans (#DMUworks)

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10002719


All DMU students are eligible to participate in this opportunity, and it would be particularly relevant to those considering a career in freelancing. Applications should clearly articulate how the trip will benefit them from an employability perspective.  The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This trip focuses on the role of freelancing from a critical perspective. Both the advantages and disadvantages of freelance working will be explored from the perspectives of companies and individuals. Students will learn both how to be a freelancer and to engage freelancers as a part of their own professional experience.

This trip forms part of the University’s #DMUworks programme, helping students to develop professional skills to prepare them for the world of work. In addition, the visits arranged as part of this trip align closely with the United Nations SDGs such as: 5. gender equality. 8. Decent work and economic growth and 10. Reduced inequalities.

As part of the trip students will have the chance to meet with Freelance Friday, a coworking community of freelancers that brings together independents, creatives and entrepreneurs. Students will meet people from a range of professional backgrounds, including the arts.

Students will also visit the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Centre ($8 entry) to explore the contemporary (performance and graphic) arts scene in New Orleans and participate in a discussion with those involved in making and curating it.

On the second day of activities, students will engage with freelance writers in New Orleans, in particular those  who produce content for websites and news sources nationally and internationally. This meeting will explore what it is like to work as a freelancer in this industry and how to manage a portfolio career.

In the afternoon, students will explore the role of women in technology in New Orleans to learn about their mission to improve the industry landscape for women in tech with a community based approach to mentoring, professional development, and career advancement. They will discuss the role of freelancers and their attempts to create an even playing field in a part of the economy which traditionally has fewer secure roles and employment rights.

Cultural activities

New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – home to a truly unique mix of culture, food and music. Whilst in New Orleans students will have chance to enjoy Jazz and Blues music in the many venues on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter. Alternatively they wish to visit Jackson Square to admire the St. Louis Cathedral and numerous street performers.

Travel and accommodation

  • Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 23 February 2019
  • Return date: Wednesday 27 February 2019
  • Estimated cost of flights, accommodation and transfers: £900
  • Students will also be required to pay for cultural visits, food and drink, and visa
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am