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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 Programmes Intern(s) will provide integral support to the Trust’s Programmes 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. The Programmes team covers a wide remit including programmes designed to increase access to universities, apprenticeships, the workplace and alumni relations. We also work with stakeholders such as teachers, parents and corporate partners. This internship is ideal for applicants who would like to broaden their experiences and develop a diverse range of skills.

We have two roles available in our Programmes team. These two roles are focussed on and based in the following teams:

  • Alumni Engagement: careers programming, volunteering opportunities, alumni events and digital content
  • University Access and Digital: supporting university and apprenticeship summer school organisation and delivery, digital programme delivery and communications

You will be considered for both roles but if you have a strong interest in either position, you will have the opportunity to indicate this on the application form.

Main duties

Across both roles you will be:

  • Supporting communications with beneficiaries, including managing the Trust’s student and alumni facing email inboxes and telephone enquiries
  • Providing support for applications to programmes and activities, including using central data systems, analysing and sharing data with internal and external stakeholders and marketing support
  • Supporting Managers to coordinate logistics for programmes, activities and events both in-person and digital
  • Supporting relationships with external partners such as universities, corporates and our Alumni Leadership Board
  • Creating and updating content on our digital platforms Sutton Trust Online and Sutton Trust Alumni
  • Working with our Communications Team to update and develop content on the Trust’s website, marketing literature and newsletters
  • Managing the Trust’s student facing Instagram account, creating engaging content to promote our programmes, opportunities and alumni
  • Updating the Trust’s CRM system with necessary data
  • Providing support to other teams as and when needed (for example, planning and delivery of programmes or other ad hoc projects)
  • Other office-wide administrative tasks, including being first port of call for enquiries about the Trust’s work

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)
  • Can prioritise when working to multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Has excellent verbal and written communication and strong analytical skills
  • Is personable, flexible and discreet; able to fit in to a small team
  • Has a high degree of initiative and the ability to take responsibility for small projects with support
  • Demonstrates excellent attention to detail
  • Can adapt to different situations
  • Can show enthusiasm for, or experience using social media to promote events and activities
  • Has a high degree of enthusiasm and a desire to learn and gain new experiences through working in a busy environment
  • 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
  • A DBS check will be required

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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 Tuesday 16th 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: Programmes

Locations: London

Remote status: Hybrid Remote

Employment type: Internship

Contract length: One year fixed term

Interview Round 1: 2022-08-16

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.