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Frequently asked questions

1. What is a volunteer internship at Barnardo’s?
2. How long is a volunteer internship?
3. Can I do an internship at other times of the year?
4.Who can apply?
5. Can I apply for more than one volunteer internship?
6. What experience do I need?
7. What does the application process involve?
8. What level of responsibility can I expect to have during a volunteer internship with Barnardo's?
9. Is the volunteer internship full or part time?
10. Where is the volunteer internship based?
11. Can I apply for an internship if I live outside the UK?
12. Will I get paid?
13. Could a volunteer internship lead to a job offer at Barnardo’s?
14. Will you provide me with a reference when I leave?

1. What is a volunteer internship at Barnardo’s?

Our volunteer internship is a 12 week placement in one of Barnardo’s offices or Children’s Services.

Our internships will provide you with valuable skills and experience to add to your CV.

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2. How long is a volunteer internship?

12 weeks however, within reason, we will try to be flexible. If you are unable to commit to the exact dates or the full 12 weeks just make it clear on your application form and the team you are volunteering in will, if possible, take this into consideration.

3. Can I do an internship at other times in the year?

Unfortunately we cannot offer internships outside of scheme dates.

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4. Who can apply?

The scheme is open to anyone over the age of 18 and looking to gain valuable work experience including students, graduates, those looking to change careers, people returning to work after a career break as well as those looking to expand their skill set in order to find employment.

All our roles are different and require different types of experience and level of education. This information is available on each role description which are available when applications open.

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5. Can I apply for more than one volunteer internship?

You can apply for up to 3 internship roles on one application form. Simply put them in order of preference and we will pass them onto the other departments if you are not successfully short listed for your first choice.

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6. What experience do I need?

Departments often like it if you’ve volunteered or had previous work experience but don’t worry if you don’t. We know that many applicants apply for a volunteer internship to get the work experience they need to kick start their career.

The most important thing is that you demonstrate on your application form how you meet the person specification by drawing on any experience you have had.

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7. What does the application process involve?

The scheme runs three times a year with volunteer internships starting in February, June and September. Recruitment for the volunteer internship scheme runs as follows:

  • applications open in December for the Spring Volunteer Internship intake
  • applications open in April for the Summer Volunteer Internship intake
  • applications open in July for the Autumn Volunteer Internship intake

To apply you will need to download and complete an application form when applications open and send it to internships@barnardos.org.uk before the closing date.

You will be invited to an interview if you are successfully shortlisted.

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8. What level of responsibility can I expect to have during a volunteer internship with Barnardo's?

Our interns are given genuine responsibility and real projects to work on. We recognise that your decision to do an internship with us is an investment in your future career and we want to ensure that this decision is justified.

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9. Is the volunteer internship full or part time?

We offer both full and part time volunteer internships. The time commitment required is different for each role and this information is on the opportunity details advertised for each scheme.

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10. Where is the volunteer internship based?

The volunteer internships are based either at our Head Office in Barkingside, Greater London, one of our regional or national offices or in a children's service throughout the UK. The details of the location are given on the opportunity details when they are advertised for each scheme.

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11. Can I apply for an internship if I live outside the UK?

We really appreciate your interest in our scheme but are only able to consider applications if they are supported by an official Agency or Government Department in your own country. This is because we find that young people, in particular, need support to find accommodation and also need funding to meet everyday expenses. Barnardo's is unable to meet living expenses or provide accommodation.

Applicants who are already fully supported within the UK are very welcome to apply as long as any visa requirements are adhered to.

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12. Will I get paid?

Our volunteer internship is voluntary and therefore unpaid. However, we will refund expenses for lunch (up to £5.50 a day) and ‘reasonable’ travel expenses.

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13. Could a volunteer internship lead to a job offer at Barnardo’s?

A volunteer internship will not lead to a job offer at Barnardo’s. However, as a Barnardo’s volunteer you will have access to our internal vacancies list during your internship.

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14. Will you provide me with a reference when I leave?

Yes, we can provide you with a volunteer internship reference when you leave

If you have any further questions or queries, please email the volunteer internship team.

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Unfortunately, our Spring 2017 internship has been suspended. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Our next available scheme is our Summer 2017 internship.

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