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Jack Petchey Foundation Internship Programme

Supporting young talent and youth charities

The Jack Petchey Foundation has launched a new programme. We have offered grants to ten separate youth charities to enable them to fund a year-long internship placement.

This programme was launched to give young people a flying start in the charitable sector. It aims to support dynamic young individuals in their first step towards being the sector’s future leaders. By giving charities the funding to recruit an intern, this programme will should give organisations additional and valuable resource to help them achieve their mission offering expert support to their beneficiaries.

Youth charities across London and Essex were invited to apply for a grant to fund the recruitment of a new intern onto their team for a year placement. After receiving many applications, we have now chosen our final ten charities. As and when the opportunities are available, we will post information below.

Please see the list of the companies below, and the posts that will be running across this year:

Bede Youth Adventure Project

Bede House Association is a multi-purpose charity working with the local communities of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe in the London Borough of Southwark. Our Bede Youth Adventure Project provides clubs, detached youth work, adventure residentials and practical learning and support for over 150 local young people each year.

Bede Youth Adventure Project is looking for a Youth Support Work Intern to join their team. The intern’s main role will be to support lead youth work colleagues in the delivery of programmes and projects to young people either at our Centre in Abbeyfield Road, London SE16, in local secondary schools or on local estates. The post holder will be expected to take direction from lead workers during sessions. In addition, the post holder will be expected to work directly with young people to develop their personal and social education.

BIGKID Foundation

BIGKID Foundation is an award-winning Lambeth-based charity that works with young people atrisk of social exclusion and youth violence, and we are looking for an enthusiastic and personableindividual to join our team as our Youth Club Coordinator.

The Youth Club Coordinator will be responsible for direct work with our services users, as well ashelping with the monitoring and evaluation of the Community Engagement Programme.

Castlehaven Community Association

Castlehaven has over 32yrs of experience working with local children, young people and families. Castlehaven currently run a wide range of activities for young people aged 11-19 from the local area, based within our Haven building and using our 4 acre open space - including our floodlit astroturf sports pitches and Horticulture Hub. This includes three core youth sessions a week offering a range of on-site activities such as sports, arts and crafts, cooking and music, and off-site trips and opportunities.

Your role would be to assist in the running and development of youth work at Castlehaven with our team of staff and volunteers, alongside a comprehensive formal and informal training and development programme in youth work at Castlehaven.


CARAS believes that people of refugee background are marginalised in the UK and can and do face a complex range of barriers that prevent access to rights, entitlements, opportunities and a good quality of life. Therefore, for refugees and people seeking asylum, CARAS aims to help in various ways.

You will support the running of the office in areas of communications, administration, monitoring and evaluation, volunteer coordination and fundraising. You will gain experience of all of our projects and as you choose your path, we will adapt your role to include specific responsibilities. 

Immediate Theatre

Now in its 21st year, Immediate Theatre is a Hackney based arts charity which involves communities in making theatre that inspires wellbeing, breaks down barriers and engages people in the process of personal and social change. Immediate Theatre's approach is inclusive, imaginative, and interactive, working in partnership with both statutory and voluntary sector providers using the arts to tackle critical issues  .

Immediate Theatre is looking for a Marketing and Administration Intern to support the Artistic Director and General Manager with company administration, with a particular focus on marketing. We are looking for candidates who are just beginning their career in arts charities and who feel passionate about inspiring young people through drama

Oasis Hub Waterloo

Oasis Community Hub Waterloo is a ground breaking charity providing a broad and inclusive range of community development services for vulnerable and isolated people living in Lambeth & Southwark. 

Oasis is seeking a skilled, adaptable, committed and passionate Youth Intern who will be instrumental in co-developing and co-delivering services for young people. This role will work with and support young people (aged 11 and over) who live, work and play or attend school in the Lambeth North and Waterloo areas of south London.


Regenerate is a youth and community charity formed in 2000 with a focus on serving children and young people (mainly 8 – 25 years of age) and their families in Roehampton and other housing estates across SW London, helping transform lives and communities from the inside out. It works alongside those young people and families who may be experiencing a range of challenges such as: financial hardship, behavioral or educational difficulties, antisocial behavior, at risk of / getting involved in gangs or crime and unemployment.

Regenerate is looking for a Charity Management intern. This role has been created as a unique opportunity for an individual to gain invaluable and varied experience working for a leading youth charity. The intern will join a dynamic team and work across all areas of the charity having structured training and hands-on experience learning about different aspects of the charity’s work.

SPID Theatre

The award-winning SPID (Social Political Innovative Direct) uses immersive youth arts to regenerate community spaces. They work with young people on West London council estates to create participatory drama shows. They run a weekly free programme of Community Hub activities including free youth drama sessions. In addition, they create a youth show, a professional show and a film every 12 to 18 months.

SPID Theatre is looking for an enthusiastic intern to work on SPID’s Living History project, a history and drama project about West London council estates which builds on our groundbreaking work speaking out about Grenfell.

Team Up for Social Mobility Ltd.

Team Up uses tuition, delivered by inspirational role models, to enable pupils from low income backgrounds to meaningfully increase their academic attainment, in order to improve the choices open to them.

Team Up is looking for a dynamic intern to recruit and support inspirational volunteer tutors to help transform the life chances of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. 


YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health. Through their media work, they offer advice and support to young people with mental health problems, provide guidance for parents, and make the case for improved mental health services.

Young Minds are looking for a Media and Campaigns Assistant to join their team. In this job you will research media stories, play an important role in campaigns like Self-Harm Awareness Day, work with journalists and our celebrity ambassadors, and help Young Minds to fight for better mental health support in schools and through the NHS.