Social enterprises — could you benefit from a funded virtual intern during the summer?

Social enterprises — could you benefit from a funded virtual intern during the summer? Under a new scheme just launched by the Transformation West Midlands (TWM) partnership you may be able to.

The Transformation West Midlands Summer Work Experience Scheme has been exclusively created to enable local students and recent graduates from the West Midlands region to gain quality work, supporting local businesses who need a helping hand for up to 2 weeks.

From July until Sept 2020, up to two virtual interns can carry out specific work-related tasks for you, over a set period of time – tasks that you’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t had the resource. It might be secondary research to spot innovative ways to keep or generate new customers; a social media campaign to launch a new service or product; or help with setting up better operations and processes.

The 2-week work experience can be undertaken on a full or part-time basis.

To apply, please describe your project brief in a few words by email to Alison Sharp, the Project Lead at the University of Birmingham.

The brief will be offered to a pool of TWM students and graduates from Newman University, University College Birmingham and the University of Birmingham, and interested individuals will get in contact with you directly.

Virtual interns will receive a bursary from the TWM’s funders, the Office for Students.

The programme is especially interested in hearing from enterprises that are able to offer high-quality virtual internships offering organised and well-structured experiences for interns. The TWM work experience scheme is particularly aimed at BAME students/graduates, those who are first generation HE entrants, and students/graduates with a disability, so by creating an intern opportunity you’d be helping your enterprise and creating additional social value for students. 

For more info, or to submit your short placement proposal send mail to Alison Sharp, Project Lead at the University of Birmingham.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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