Join our team! BAME Internship Programme

Date Posted: Friday 28th May 2021

Are you looking to gain skills and experience for a career in policy and research? 

The UK Women’s Budget Group is recruiting an intern to join us over the summer period, as part of our BAME* internship programme launched earlier this year.

You will join our small team and have the chance to work in each of the three main strands of our work:

  • Research and policy
  • Communications
  • Public affairs

You will spend one month in each team, being managed by a member of staff, and working within a friendly, supportive team who are committed to our vision of a caring economy that promotes gender equality.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anybody looking to take their first steps into a career in research and policy, and interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced environment working on high-profile issues. We are looking for someone with a strong commitment to gender equality and is able to work flexibly as part of a small team.  For further information about the role and its requirements, please download the Job Description and Person Specification.

To hear more about the experiences and insights of our previous intern, Ebyan Abdirahman, and her advice for those thinking about applying to the internship, click here. 

This internship opportunity is only open to BAME applicants who are based in and have the right to work in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applicants who require visa sponsorship.

About us

The Women’s Budget Group (WBG) is an independent network of leading academic researchers, policy experts and campaigners. For over 30 years we have been analysing economic policy for its gender and other equalities impacts and developing and promoting polices that will increase equality. We work to influence policy debates ourselves and to build the capacity of women’s organisations and other equality groups to influence debates on their own behalf.

This is an exciting time to join the Women’s Budget Group. We have built a strong reputation for analysing the impact of UK Government policies and for research into alternative policies that would promote gender equality.

Hours: Up to full-time (Monday-Friday) but we operate a flexible working policy and are very open to applications from people who want to work flexibly or part-time.

Location: Our office is in London. The post can be worked as office based, or a mixture of office/remote working, ideally with a minimum of one day a week in the office.  

Duration: Up to 3 months.

Salary: £10.85 per hour – this is based on the real living wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation.

How to apply

Please email your application to recruitment@wbg.org.uk with the subject ‘BAME Internship Application’ by Friday 11th June 2021, 5pm

Your application should include:

  • Your CV with contact details of two referees
  • A covering letter of 1-2 pages of A4 explaining why you would like to be an intern with the Women’s Budget Group and what you hope to gain from the opportunity.

Please send your Equal Opportunities Form to admin@wbg.org.uk. 

If you are disabled or have a long-term health condition and need any reasonable adjustments for application or the interview process, please let us know in your email. If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to contact us admin@wbg.org.uk.

*The internship is for someone from a Black, Asian, minority ethnic, or mixed-race background. This internship is a positive action initiative under the Equality Act 2010. It is part of our commitment to addressing the under-representation of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in our organisation and in research, policy and public affairs roles in the wider charity sector.

We understand that the acronym ‘BAME’ as a descriptor is problematic because it conflates all issues of race as the same when there are stark differences within this population category. The attempt to categorise a very diverse group of people with a range of experiences including but not limited to, living as a non-white person within a white supremacist power structure is part of the problem of under-representation of non-white people in the charity sector. We use the term BAME for this internship in its purely administrative function, whilst recognising its severe limitations.