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Barnardo's internship scheme


Barnardo's wins national internship award


Barnardo’s has won two national awards for its student and graduate intern schemes. The UK’s biggest children’s charity won the Best Charitable Sector Placement and the Graduate Internship of the year 2012* by the National Council for Work Experience, NCWE. 


The NCWE Awards recognise businesses that provide exceptional student and graduate internships.


Nadia Bunyan, Head of Workforce Development for Barnardo's said; "We are pleased the Barnardo’s intern scheme has been recognised as one of the best as we pride ourselves in providing career opportunities for all young people.


"Intern programmes benefit both the individual and the organisation. Our scheme provides interns with high quality work experience which allows them to make a valuable and lasting contribution to Barnardo’s and also gives them the chance to develop the skills and confidence to gain meaningful employment.”


Winning both awards reflects Barnardo's commitment to ensuring young people have the chance to gain invaluable experience working for one of the UK’s largest children’s charities as well as helping to increase their chances of getting a foothold on the career ladder.


Alicia Luther-Jones was a summer intern who secured paid employment with Barnardo’s as a Volunteering Support Assistant after completing her internship. She says,


"What struck me about Barnardo's internship scheme was that it is central to the charity and not just an extra aside.


"The work experience I had at Barnardo’s was vital as it gave me a remarkable insight into the organisation. It helped me to develop my teamwork, communication and office skills as well as improving my confidence. I received a lot of career support including mock interviews and drafting applications which led to me securing my permanent position at Barnardo’s.”


Barnardo’s interns can gain first-rate experience of working in retail, fundraising and marketing, volunteer development, policy, parliamentary and campaigns, brand and new media. Armed with the experience gained at Barnardo’s, the majority of student interns go on to further education or to secure employment following their placement.

Find out more about Barnardo's Internships