Our Internship Programme
Applications now open (deadline midnight on 3rd May 2017), click here for more details.
After volunteering as a Team Mentor at a school in Camden, Richie joined Envision full-time as an Envision Co-ordinator through our internship programme. Here’s his take on the internship:
“Every August, Envision takes on a new batch of interns to be a vital part of its front-line delivery team in schools across London, Birmingham, and Bristol; I was fortunate enough to be one of them.
Supported by adult volunteer Team Mentors, interns work in 5-6 schools from September through to April implementing Envision’s well-oiled programme on a weekly basis. From initial engagement assemblies, right through to the students’ graduation ceremony and everything in between, it’s your job to empower young people to take action and develop the qualities which will help them succeed in their lives as well as make a success of their projects.
You’ll visit schools for weekly sessions, corporate offices for team coaching and you’ll be working at event venues for a number of our programme’s set challenges. Plus there’s the unknown entity of where your students’ project will take you – one of my teams’ projects took me to the Houses of Parliament, for example.
Working with 16-17-year-olds in schools and colleges every day means that no two days are ever the same (or even remotely similar for that matter). The age-group you’ll be working with will test you in ways you didn’t even know were possible. But stick with it and the rewards will be plentiful.
At the end of the academic year you’ll leave with the knowledge that you personally helped inspire a case-load around 100 individuals to become changemakers. Scores of successful social action projects will bear testimony to your expert coaching and facilitation. If you’re really lucky, you’ll have an auditorium full of young people chanting your name at their end-of-year graduation ceremony too!
Personal development opportunities are there for you everywhere you look: you can get involved in project and/or event management, you will be tasked with managing short-term interns and a full-range of community and corporate stakeholders, you will tally up hours and hours of working directly with young people, and you will have the opportunity to train adult volunteers. It’s a massive opportunity for you to advance both professionally and personally, and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to do it.
At the end of it all, we come together as an organisation under blue skies in the Chairman of our Board of Trustees’ garden to reflect upon what we have achieved over the programme year, both individually and collectively. It’s quite a revealing event and fitting ensemble to the work Envision does. All this considered, it would be odd if we didn’t have our own MAD Moments, right? Well, we do, and here are a few of them…