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Are you enthusiastic and motivated? Come and join the Sutton Trust Internship Scheme 2022-23!

Deadline: 9am, Monday 8th August

The Sutton Trust Internship Scheme 2022-23 will run from Monday 19th September 2022 to Friday 15th September 2023. The Development Intern will provide integral support to the Trust’s Development team. Beyond this there will also be opportunities to learn about and support other teams as required and to learn how they fit together within the charity.

Main duties

  • Producing high-quality briefing notes for the Development team and senior leadership in advance of meetings and events.
  • Conducting thorough prospect research into prospective and current donors (including individuals, corporate partners and trusts and foundations).
  • Assisting with information gathering and copy writing for reports and proposals to funders, as well as all-donor updates and targeted donor communications.
  • Managing the Trust’s online fundraising platforms such as JustGiving and ensuring new and existing regular donors are appropriately thanked.
  • Updating the Trust’s CRM with necessary data and ensuring private data is managed confidentially, including supporting on a Trust-wide GDPR project.
  • Providing administrative support to the Development team, such as arranging meetings, note taking and preparing gift receipts.
  • Supporting with the running of Trust-wide events (for example, 25th anniversary events, research summits or fundraising events).
  • Other office-wide administrative tasks, including fielding enquiries about the Trust’s work.
  • Other duties as necessary from time to time, including supporting other teams on occasion.

Person Specification

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Is sympathetic to the aims of the Trust and its mission to improve social mobility in the UK.
  • Has an interest in the education or not for profit sectors (knowledge of the UK higher education system is helpful, but not essential).
  • Has an interest in development, including digital fundraising and data capture.
  • Has excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to summarise information from readily available sources clearly and concisely.
  • Has a high degree of initiative and the ability to take responsibility for small projects with support.
  • Can prioritise when working to multiple deadlines and adapt to new tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrates excellent attention to detail.
  • Is personable, flexible and able to fit in to a small team.
  • Has a high degree of enthusiasm and a desire to learn and gain new experiences through working in a busy environment.
  • Is motivated and able to work independently when required.
  • Is eligible to work in the UK

Terms of Appointment

  • Contract: One year, fixed term
  • Salary: London Living Wage (currently £11.05 per hour)
  • Office location: The Sutton Trust, 9th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
  • Hours: The standard working hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

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Please note that your application should be submitted in one go – you can view the questions by clicking on the link if you would like to prepare in advance.

Check out our application guidance for some tips on how to apply!


Applications should reach us by 9am on Monday 8th August, with interviews held over Zoom on Wednesday 24th August.

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.

Contextual recruitment

We operate contextual recruitment at the Sutton Trust. Our application process gives you the option to include information about your background, such as whether you were eligible for free school meals, whether your parents went to university, or whether you attended a state school. For more examples and information on contextual recruitment, please see our website.

Department: Development

Locations: London

Remote status: Hybrid Remote

Employment type: Internship

Contract length: One-year fixed term

Interview Round 1: 2022-08-24

Deadline: 2022-08-08


About The Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust was founded in 1997 by Sir Peter Lampl to improve social mobility through education. As well as being a think-tank, the Sutton Trust is a ‘do-tank,’ having funded over 200 programmes, commissioned over 160 research studies and influenced Government education policy by pushing social mobility to the top of the political agenda.