What's next for our intern programme?

Reviewing our intern programme for the future

In light of the changing external environment during the past year and its wider impact on our ways of working, we have decided to pause the JRF-JRHT intern programme for 2021/22.

Our intern scheme is an important part of our wider people strategy. We want to fully evaluate the current programme in terms of its value for money and relevance in a changing external world of work. This also includes looking at other schemes that could support school leavers as well as graduates to find ways into employment and so provide more diverse opportunities for a much broader group of people.

We’ll keep you updated about future plans for the scheme over the next few months.

Intern Experience Blog

Anna Holman, Project Management Office Analyst and former Intern shares her experience:

After I graduated from university with a Politics degree, I was unsure of what path to take. The JRF Internship offered me an amazing opportunity to experience diverse jobs within an organisation committed to social change.

My project was based in the Project Management Office, investigating how to demonstrate JRF/JRHT’s impact using qualitative data. My project gave me the flexibility to work with people from across the organisation as well as develop my work-based skills. I worked alone and collaboratively: facilitating group workshops, presenting at and chairing meetings, and interviewing staff for an internal research project.

Most unique of all was the opportunity to learn from different departments. I attended ‘Show and Tell’ sessions on JRF’s new ways of working; toured and met staff from JRHT’s amazing affordable retirement village in Hartlepool; and took part and led activities in JRHT’s Community ‘Open Shop’. These are just a few of the interesting experiences that I was privileged to be involved in. It was great to work with staff who are so passionate about what they do and keen to empower others to also make a difference.

What our 2019 interns had to say

  • A great insight into how a charitable foundation works, and the different roles charities hold within the sector. The work you do is valuable, and you are supported by a friendly and ambitious team.
  • This experience has helped me to confirm and challenge what I want to follow in my career. It has given me the confidence, knowledge and skills to hopefully continue a career in this sector.

  • It really helped me understand my field of interest much more. From this, I can understand the practical steps that need to be taken, the thought-process behind it, the logistics and what difference it can make. It’s also helped me to develop project management skills too which will really help in the future.

Tasnim's Internship Experience

Tasnim, a 2019 graduate intern, shares her experience of the Graduate Internship Programme.