This article was published in 2018, in Newsletter 138.
This summer Camcycle is launching a paid internship programme which will give the successful applicant the opportunity to work on a strategic campaigning project, while also developing general skills and experience to prepare them for future career opportunities. The successful applicant can either work full-time for 8 weeks or on a more flexible arrangement.
The Cole Charitable Trust has generously funded this programme for the three years, allowing us to provide a paid internship each summer. We are confident these will be successful and that the programme will continue beyond the first three years.
As a charitable organisation, we believe it is important that any internship we offer should be paid, high-quality, open and accessible. As such, we have designed our programme to meet the standard set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development ‘Internship Charter’ – a voluntary code of practice with six principles for devising and implementing high-quality internship schemes. This code requires that:
- we pay our intern a living wage,
- we conduct a fair and transparent recruitment process,
- we provide an induction,
- the intern is provided with work that is beneficial to them and our organisation,
- the intern receives good support and supervision, and
- we review the programme with the intern and provide them with a reference.
Fifty percent of their time will be spent on a strategic project: there will be a different one each year, so recruitment requirements will vary accordingly. This year we would like our intern to work with staff and volunteers on our Street Cycle Parking project. They will have a leadership role in tasks including design, distribution and analysis of our survey of residents and researching best practice in on-street cycle parking.
The rest of the intern’s time will be spent on general support and development activities such as event organisation, social media communications, supporting trustee meetings and mentoring and training. These activities will be selected to develop the skills required for the intern to achieve their career goals.
Applications opened on 18 May and will close at 9am on 11 June. Ideally, our first intern will be able to start early in July. To find out more and to apply, please visit https://camcycle.breezy.hr
Roxanne De Beaux