A total of 58 paid internships are being created under a scheme backed by the Scottish Government and delivered by Creative Scotland and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).
The Arts and Creative Industries Graduate Internship programme is aimed at 18- to 30-year olds who have studied an HND or Degree in the arts.
It offers young people 13-week internships in charities and small firms paying a minimum of £6.31 an hour. SCVO is inviting applicants from employers who wish to host a creative intern.
SCVO chief executive Martin Sime said: "In a remarkably tough jobs market, these internships give young creative and art graduates a vital first step onto the careers ladder in a highly competitive industry.
"Third sector organisations who have already recruited an intern tells us that the enthusiasm and talent of these young people is making a world of difference at a time when resources are being stretched like never before."
Caroline Parkinson, director of creative development, creative Scotland, said the scheme is already proving a success. "These new internships will help more young people to begin professional careers in the arts and creative industries," she said.
"This first step into paid employment is often the most difficult and it is fantastic that for the first time in Scotland we have initiatives such as this which support young people in this country to realise their ambitions."
SCVO said staff and interns in the first phase of the programme have seen excellent results, including Julia Martin who began working for Glasgow-based art house Cryptic. Now the project assistant at Cryptic, she said: "It's a brilliant stepping-stone from graduating and the chance to learn from some of the best practitioners in the industry."