One25 is a Bristol-based charity, specialising in enabling women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues and build new, independent lives. They provide night outreach sessions, a drop-in centre and casework, giving person-centred support and advocacy to around 300 women each year.
Olivia, a student from the University of Bristol, worked at One25 as a Fundraising & Communications officer as part of their internship scheme. This offers students the chance to gain paid experience of working for a charity while studying on their degree programmes.
Her role at One 25 was partly centred around supporting other members of the small fundraising team, especially at events. Interns are encouraged to take a lead on their own projects, for example in finding corporate sponsors and promoting campaigns. Olivia was able to attend planning meetings which offered a great insight into the way the charity is run and excellent experience for the future. She also worked on a range of marketing and budget planning tasks.
“Regular progress monitoring with my manager was crucial in tracking my development. As well as applying the academic skills learnt through my degree in the workplace, my general skills in workload management, communication and teamwork have all improved. I have learned how to do new things, such as using social media, compiling databases and planning events. All these skills are very transferable, giving me confidence when applying for other jobs.
“A notable highlight was seeing a fundraising dinner that I had helped plan come together successfully. The UoB Internship Scheme is a really good way to get paid work experience in the charity sector, which can certainly be difficult coming straight from uni.”
Laura, another student from the University of Bristol, also completed a fundraising internship at One25. Her enthusiasm and expertise proved invaluable, and led to an expansion of her contract after her initial internship.
While working there she was able to gain experience in databases, grant application writing, event organisation, dealing with corporate clients and website content management.
“The internship was a really enjoyable learning experience. Social media promotion was an important aspect of the role, raising awareness around One25, and for the promotion of campaigns and events. I am confident these are transferable into further employment. The highlight for me was organising a sponsored sleep-out and raising over £10,000 for One25.”
“The excellent calibre of applicants, funding and flexibility of the UoB Internship Scheme are truly great. The interns played an important role in promoting, launching and running fundraising campaigns and other events. We provided training in a range of skills, all of which are sought after from an employer’s point of view.”
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