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Social mobility in Britain is low. The educational opportunities and life chances of a child born today are strongly linked to their parents’ socio-economic background. This is the challenge we face.

Since 1997 and under the leadership of our founder, Sir Peter Lampl, the Sutton Trust has worked to address this. We fight for social mobility from birth to the workplace so that every young person – no matter who their parents are, what school they go to, or where they live – has the chance to succeed in life.

  • We work to improve access to high-quality education and employment opportunities.
  • Our programmes focus on high-attaining students from lower income families.
  • We aim to sustain and innovate our programme portfolio by looking at new avenues for social mobility such as apprenticeships and the use of digital technology.
  • Our scope in research and policy is wider. We aim to produce concrete and achievable policy asks in our five priority areas; early years, school years, apprenticeships, access to university and access to the workplace.

As well as being a think-tank, the Suttion Trust is a ‘do-tank’ having funded over 200 programmes, commissioned over 160 research studies and influenced Governement education policy by pushing social mobility to the top of the agenda.



Hours: 09.00 – 17.00
Job type: Full time, fixed term 
Holidays: 27 days annual leave + public holidays

The Sutton Trust is a foundation committed to improving social mobility in the UK. Our work is focused on improving social mobility through education opportunities. We want to level the playing field for young people from low and middle income backgrounds so that they have a fair chance of accessing leading universities, apprenticeships and jobs.

The Sutton Trust Internship Scheme 2021-22 will run from Monday 6th September 2021 (Monday 22nd September for Programmes Intern(s)) to Friday 16th September 2022. We have roles available in our Development, Research, Policy and Communications and Programmes teams; please note that each role has a separate job description and application form. Interns will provide integral support to one of the Trust’s main teams and will have opportunities to learn about and support other teams as required, and to learn how they fit together within the charity. This internship is ideal for applicants who would like to broaden their experiences and develop a diverse range of skills.

Interns will be supported by their team’s Line Manager and by a central staff member. There will be regular meetings to monitor progress and provide mentoring and assistance where necessary. They will also be matched with a ‘buddy’, usually from another team, who will help interns integrate into the workplace. We will also arrange a follow up phone call 3 months after the internship has ended so we can continue to provide support if needed.

Following a year of remote working, we are planning to move to a flexible blend of both office work and home working from September 2021, depending on future government guidance. Please note that interns may be asked to provide office cover on occasion.


To apply

Please download the candidate application pack below, complete the application form (equal opportunities monitoring form is optional), and submit it to jobs@suttontrust.com.

The applicant pack includes:

Development Intern Research, Policy and Communications Intern Programmes Intern
Job description and person specification Job description and person specification Job description and person specification
Application form Application form Application form
Equal Opportunities monitoring form (optional) Equal Opportunities monitoring form (optional) Equal Opportunities monitoring form (optional)
Application guidance

Applications should reach us by 9am on Monday 26th July. Interviews will be held on the following dates:

Development Intern Tuesday 10th – Wednesday 11th August
Research, Policy and Communications Intern Thursday 12th August
Programmes Intern Tuesday 17th – Wednesday 18th August

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we receive, we will not be able to provide feedback to candidates who are not invited to interview.



Safeguarding statement

The Sutton Trust believes that a child, young person or vulnerable adult should never experience abuse of any kind. We all have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. Therefore all posts undergo a safer recruitment process, including but not limited to, disclosure of criminal records where necessary and eligibility to work in the UK. We have procedures in place to promote safeguarding and a safe culture at the Trust.

Please note that interviews will be held over Zoom.

Please state your name and the role you are applying for in the subject line of the email, and it would also be greatly appreciated if you could note where you saw this job advertised (there is space to do this on the application form).

Any questions?

On Friday 16th July, our current interns will be answering some questions on our Instagram page (@sutton_trust) about what it’s like to work at the Sutton Trust. If you would like to ask a question, please email jobs@suttontrust.com by 5pm on Tuesday 13th July. Please note we may not be able to answer all questions submitted. We will also be publishing a blog about our internships, so keep an eye on our news page for further details.

If you require any materials in an alternative format, or have any other questions, please get in contact with us on jobs@suttontrust.com.

Any information you provide as part of your application will be treated as confidential and managed in accordance with relevant data protection legislation and guidance. Our privacy statement can be found here.


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