We support students to gain the skills and experience that will enable them to become the social leaders of tomorrow. Through our two core programmes, the Social Impact Internship Scheme and the Social Innovation Programme, students develop their abilities by working with socially impactful organisations during term time and over the summer.

 

 

 

Social Impact Internship Scheme

 

Through the Social Impact Internship Scheme (SIIS), we recruit high-calibre students from across the Hub network who are committed to creating social change. Successful students are placed with host organisations that match their interests and location preferences, undertaking projects that last between 6 and 8 weeks. In 2015/16, we placed 84 interns in charities and social enterprises across five cities. You can read our SIIS 2016 Impact Report here.

We partner with a range of host organisations to create meaningful projects for student interns – from small social enterprises to national charities, including private sector businesses working on CSR initiatives. While taking part in the scheme, students are offered a comprehensive programme of training, enabling them to develop a broad skill set which complements a career in the not-for-profit sector.

If you are a student at Bristol, Brookes, Cambridge, Kingston, Oxford or Winchester, visit your local Hub’s website to apply now. Applications close on 28th February 2017 and, at Brookes Hub only, on 20th March 2017.

Host applications for our 2017 programme are open. If your organisation would like to partner with us, find out more and apply.

 


 

Student Intern Profiles

 

Mhairi Tordoff, University of Bristol, Southmead Development Trust

1. What degree do you study?

Politics and Sociology.

2. Where was your internship and what was your role?

Southmead Development Trust – Funding Intern.

3. Why did you choose to take part in the Internship Scheme?

I took part because I was interested in working for a charity and wanted to do something meaningful with my summer. The Internship Scheme was therefore a fantastic opportunity as it creates a clear path to gaining experience in the third sector.

4. What did you enjoy about your placement and the Internship Scheme?

The best thing about the placement was the people that worked there. I was encouraged to work on different projects, so I was able to challenge myself and expand my skills.


 

 

Martin Johnson, Oxford Brookes University, Interserve

1. What degree do you study?

Politics and Sociology.

2. Where was your internship and what was your role?

I worked in Interserve’s sustainability department. I worked on two projects during my 10 weeks there. The first one was sustainable transport planning. The second project was to produce a report advising the company on the Natural Capital Protocol, a framework designed to make clear the impact your business has on the natural world.

3. Why did you choose to take part in the Internship Scheme?

I applied for SIIS as I wished to gain experience in the field of social impact and the third sector.

4. What did you enjoy about your placement and the Internship Scheme?

The highlight of the scheme for me was being able to attend the launch of the Natural Capital Protocol. I got to meet leading figures from charities, governments and business and listen to them speak about the social and environmental impacts business needs to address.


 

 

Florence Best, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Sustainable Food

1. What degree do you study?

Geography.

2. Where was your internship and what was your role?

Cambridge Sustainable Food. My tasks ranged from completing small research projects and creating website content, to volunteering at cookery workshops and organising and promoting the Pumpkin Festival!

3. Why did you choose to take part in the Internship Scheme?

I wanted to learn more about organisations who work on sustainability issues. It was fascinating to learn about the work CSF does and this has confirmed my interest in this sector.

4. What did you enjoy about your placement and the Internship Scheme?

It was great to spend time on a meaningful project that was actually put to use by the organisation. I developed a range of new skills and enjoyed all of the projects I was involved in. Overall, I had a great experience, which was made even more enjoyable by the passion and friendliness of the team.


 

 

Sarah Davies, University of Oxford, The Brilliant Club

1. What degree do you study?

History and English.

2. Where was your internship and what was your role?

The Brilliant Club – Multi-Department Intern.

3. Why did you choose to take part in the Internship Scheme?

I wanted to get some experience working for a charity before committing to a career path. My time at The Brilliant Club gave me a fantastic insight into the third sector, and I developed a range of skills which are transferrable to any field.

4. What did you enjoy about your placement and the Internship Scheme?

The best thing about my placement was variety of the job: I worked on a national conference, wrote blog posts, compiled my own independently-researched report and more over just five weeks!


 


 

Host Feedback

 

You Press

“We decided to host interns through Student Hubs because it was highly recommended. The team at Student Hubs were very friendly, helpful and understanding of our needs. With our projects being targeted at young people (aged between 16-30 years), we knew that the internship would beneficial for us.”

“If you visit our website and our social media, you will see the impacts and the improvements that the interns have made. They were professional and creative. In a very short period of time (6-12 weeks), the interns produced incredible work that helped us as a social enterprise.”

 

St Vincent’s Family Project

“Our 3 student interns worked in the back office of our charity, supporting our administration, fundraising and marketing. They also had some initial time meeting the client families face-to-face and getting to know how the charity works directly with those who use the services.”

“I found that the matching process with the student and the follow-up support made [the process] very easy. The quality of the students, their willingness to help and engage with the charity has been universally excellent. They were superb and they still maintain contact with us. I recommend the programme whenever I can.”

 


 

Social Innovation Programme

 

The Social Innovation Programme (SIP), currently running at Bristol, Cambridge and Kingston, offers students the chance to address challenges in their local community through research, ideas generation and project development. Students work in teams alongside a local organisation or initiative, acting as external consultants to propose and implement an innovative solution to a problem.

In 2015/16, we supported 305 students to undertake social consultancy placements during term time. Previous projects have included creating a strategic marketing plan for ClearMinds and researching the viability of a social enterprise to support One25’s work with vulnerable women in Bristol.

Each programme lasts one term, beginning with a launch event and culminating in a presentation evening at the end of term with local organisations in attendance to give feedback. Students are offered a series of training sessions and are mentored throughout, providing them with the opportunity to develop new professional skills and hone existing ones.

If you are a student or organisation interested in taking part in the programme, find out more at your local Hub’s website and get in touch.

 
Kingston Social Innovation Programme