Charity Interns, offering internships for people struggling to get into the charity sector, set to increase its number of internships in autumn 2024

Charity Interns, a not-for-profit start-up project offering internships to people with transferrable skills but struggling to get into the charitable sector, has announced plans to roll out the programme with a bigger cohort in the autumn.

Charity Interns aims to provide a stepping stone into the voluntary sector and highlight both the positive impact of transferrable skills, and that there is no sell by date on experience.

A 6-month pilot programme launched in late 2023 and, with this now at its halfway point, a plan has been announced to turn the programme into a standalone organisation and roll out with a bigger group of interns during the autumn of 2024.

In collaboration with Age UK, Age International, Alzheimer’s Society, British Heart Foundation and Disability Equality Scotland, the pilot has seen Charity Interns place 6 people in paid placements within these organisations – three of whom are in fundraising positions. Recruitment specialists Charity People has also backed the project and helped to recruit the first interns.

The participating interns come from a range of industries including advertising, creative, financial services, banking and technology. They include people who are looking to switch from roles in another sector and people returning to work after career breaks or time away due to caring responsibilities. All were looking for an entry way into the voluntary sector and had struggled to break into it.

As well as the fundraising roles, interns are working in campaigning, volunteer management, and member engagement. Most positions are hybrid, with one fully remote role.

Before the pilot started, the interns undertook training with their placement charity and learnt about the charity landscape. They also heard from people who had successfully transitioned from the corporate world into the voluntary sector. 

Applications for the current cohort opened last summer, shortly after the project was announced.

Not-for-profits interested in finding our more about how the programme works or hosting an intern are invited to contact Charity Interns via the Contact Us’ form on its website (scroll down to the foot of the page).

Source: UK Fundraising