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Commonweath Graduate Internship Programme (£1,812 per month): DEADLINE IS TODAY, APPLY NOW!

Apply for the Commonweath Graduate Internship Programme (£1,812 per month)



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Application Deadline: 2 May 2023

Graduate Internship Programme

The Commonwealth Foundation is recruiting for its Graduate Internship Programme and seeking four Interns for six-month placements across different areas of its organisation.

To be considered, all applicants must have an existing right to work in the United Kingdom and must be able to provide evidence of that right in their application.

Overview of Commonwealth foundation

The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organisation established by Member States in support of the belief that the Commonwealth is as much an association of peoples as it is of governments. It is the Commonwealth agency for civil society; an organisation dedicated to strengthening people’s participation in all aspects of public dialogue, so they can act together and learn from each other to build democratic societies.

Its vision is of a Commonwealth of equal, just and inclusive societies. Our mission is to contribute to that vision by:

  • Supporting the active and constructive participation of Commonwealth citizens in all aspects of their governance
  • Nurturing the growth of vibrant and free civil societies in all Commonwealth countries
  • Advancing the principles and ideals of the Commonwealth

Commonwealth work in accordance with our values to advance the principles and ideals of the Commonwealth as enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter.

The role

The Graduate Internship Programme provides opportunities for recent graduates to participate in all aspects of the Commonwealth Foundation and gain experience, strengthen their knowledge and develop their skills.

Commonwealth maintain a team of interns who are recruited together for a six-month period. Its interns are fully integrated into the Foundation’s staff structure, and pay close attention to their professional development.

The successful candidates will be allocated to one of the following areas of its work:

  • Commonwealth Civil Society (home of the major grants work)
  • Creative Commonwealth (home of the cultural initiatives)
  • People of the Commonwealth (home of the outreach, advocacy and the Critical Conversations events series)
  • Communications (Working across the Foundation as part of the Knowledge, Learning & Communications team)

Responsibilities are tailored the needs of each team and the intern’s own areas of skill and interest. For more information on the programmes and its work, see the current Strategic Plan.

Although interns will be based in one of the above programmes, they will be given the opportunity to experience other areas of the Foundation’s work and will also collaborate with their fellow interns on specific projects.

Commonwealth responsibility to Interns

Commonwealth prioritise the professional development of its interns, encouraging participation in both internal and external learning opportunities and rotation between Graduate Internship Programme areas to broaden knowledge and skills.

It include its interns in all its activities including staff retreats, and endeavour to ensure that everyone feels nurtured and valued.

What Commonwealth is looking for to participate in Graduate Internship Programme

The Foundation strives to be a welcoming and inclusive place to work and proud of its track record of attracting a wide range of young people to its Graduate Internship Programme–a reflection of its strong commitment to celebrating and promoting diversity.

You will have excellent research and administrative skills and ideally have a good knowledge of, or interest in, at least one area of its work: freedom of expression, climate or health. Experience using technology is important, and knowledge of Microsoft Office and online platforms is required.

Commonwealth is looking for people who are curious and willing to learn and who will actively promote the values and principles of the Commonwealth and the Foundation.

You must possess and declare at the time of application the right to work in the UK for the full duration of the Graduate Internship Programme. The Foundation cannot assist in altering the visa status of any applicant.

Benefits of the Graduate Internship Programme

Commonwealth offer interns a salary of £1,812 per month (equivalent to £21,750 per annum) for a six-month fixed term internship contract. Interns will receive 15 days paid annual leave inclusive of public holidays and the Foundation’s own designated leave days (equivalent to 30 days per annum).

Commonwealth is currently operating a flexible working policy which requires all staff to work from its central London office at least five days per fortnight including every Wednesday. Applicants must be able to affirm their capacity and willingness to work within its policy.

The aim is to help its interns to their next position. To that end, Commonwealth provide guidance on possible opportunities as well as assistance with refining CVs and undertaking interviews. There is no expectation of a role with the Foundation at the end of the Graduate Internship Programme.

Commonwealth commitment

The Foundation celebrates diversity, and is proud of its diverse and welcoming team for the Graduate Internship Programme . All qualified applicants already eligible to work in the UK will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status or pregnancy.

If you need us to make any special accommodation in the recruitment and selection process because of a protected characteristic, please let us know.

The process

Applications for the Graduate Internship Programme should be submitted online via the link below. The application requires you to provide a comprehensive CV as well as a motivation letter that sets out your experience and interests and what you can bring to the role as described here and in the Description below.

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The application also requires you to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK.

Closing date:

Tuesday 2 May 2023, 1pm GMT


Week of 15 May 2023

Start date:

Tuesday 27 June 2023 Download Job Description

Deadline for applications

2 May 2023 1pm GMT



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