Hear from Physics student Peter Quicke who took part in Charity Insights

Applications for 2019 Charity Insights are now closed.

Charity Insights is a Careers Service initiative developed for Imperial undergraduate and PhD students. It offers students a chance to experience working in the UK not-for-profit sector through a short internship. The internships are full-time for four weeks in length (or a part-time equivalent) and can be taken at any point during the summer.

The scheme requires you to find your own project within a UK registered charity and define a project with them. Once agreed with the charity, you can then apply to Imperial College Careers Service for a £1200 Charity Insights bursary for the four week project.

How do I apply?


Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a current Imperial College undergraduate or PhD student who will be continuing with their studies at Imperial in the next academic year
  • The organistion you complete the internship with should be a UK registered charity and you must be based in a UK office
  • You should have a distinct 'graduate level' project to complete in the four weeks
  • The Careers Service must be provided with a contact name within the charity. 

Application steps

Application steps

  1. Read our FAQs [PDF] to find out more about the scheme‌
  2. Search for an internship or directly approach charities
  3. With your host charity, define a project for your internship 
  4. Ask the charity organisation to read and complete our Organisation Guide and Form (Charity Insights)
  5. At the same time, complete the ‌Student Application Form online, attaching a copy of you CV. 


What is a 'graduate level' project?

Students have undertaken Charity Insights internships in a wide range of organisations, so there is not a definitive 'graduate level' project that has been successful in receiving the bursary. However, the Charity Insights bursary isn't for general volunteering as a fundraiser, or helping around the office. Projects should be at a level that presents you a challenge in applying your skills and offers an opportunity to develop these further. The project should also be your personal focus for the duration of the 4 weeks, and have clear aims and objectives about what you are setting out to achieve.


If you are unsure whether you will meet these criteria, please book an Internship Consultation via JobsLive to discuss this with a Placement & Internship Adviser or email us. For more detail on previous projects that were successfully awarded funding, please read the above case studies.


Timetable of deadlines and events

25 February - 16 May Research charities and make speculative applications via CV and covering letter to organisations of interest. Get help from the Placement & Internship unit by booking an Internship Consultation. Email us for availability. 
May Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview in the Careers Service. This will require you to give a short presentation of your proposed project and answer some questions from the interview panel 
June Pre-internship workshop for successful Charity Insights participants
July - September Complete your four-week internship (or part-time equivalent of 20 full working days)
October Post internship celebration event

Please note this is an indicative timetable and dates may change.