Commonwealth Foundation Graduate Internship Program 2022 (Paid)
  • Paid

Commonwealth Foundation Graduate Internship programme provides opportunities for recent graduates to participate in all aspects of the organisation, gain experience, and strengthen their knowledge and skills.

Interns are based in specific programme teams and are encouraged to engage in a range of activities throughout the organisation. Responsibilities are tailored to the programme area and the Intern’s own capacities. This typically includes project work, research, preparation of briefing papers and provision of logistical and administrative support.

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The People of the Commonwealth (POC) is the Foundation’s new outreach and advocacy programme. POC brings the views of Commonwealth citizens and communities on critical issues into the centre of discussion and decision-making. The programme uses multiple platforms including the Critical Conversations series, the Commonwealth People’s Forum, and engagement in Commonwealth policy and other intergovernmental spaces to inform, unite and inspire to effect change.

The POC Intern will have experience or interest in a range of disciplines including communications and event management. They would welcome academic knowledge of any of the Foundation’s thematic focus areas: health, environment and climate change, and/or freedom of expression.

The Intern will make a significant contribution to the delivery of flagship events (the Critical Conversations series and the Commonwealth People’s Forum) and engagements in intergovernmental spaces.

Key tasks and responsibilities

All Interns working at the Commonwealth Foundation are required to:

  • Actively promote the values and aims of the Commonwealth
  • Provide support in delivering the Foundation’s objectives, including assisting in cross-Foundation projects, events and initiatives
  • Undertake research projects and produce research papers
  • Participate in the planning, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting cycle of the Foundation
  • Contribute to the documentation and sharing of lessons learned and incorporation of these in project reports, publications and appropriate presentation materials
  • Support the technical aspects of the Foundation’s work including assisting in the management of webinars, online meetings and social media.


Their responsibilities and commitments

  • Prioritise the professional development of our Interns: encouraging their participation in both internal and external learning opportunities and offering rotation between programme areas to broaden knowledge and skills
  • Support Interns with CV development, interview technique and opportunities for networking
  • They are committed to celebrating and promoting diversity; actively working to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all staff, including Interns
  • They aim to ensure that the Graduate Internship programme is as accessible as possible, including to people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and those who have not yet had a significant internship opportunity


  • The daily allowance is based on the London Living Wage, currently £76 per day (based on 7 hours)
  • 6-month duration with the possibility of extension to 12 months
  • They are currently in the process of returning to our office and the Intern can expect to have the opportunity to work in the office as well as remotely
  • The Intern is fully included in any external training opportunities (including conference attendance) and appropriate internal learning and development programmes
  • Assistance is given, where possible, to aid the Intern into their next position at the end of their internship
  • As an internship, this does not constitute employment with the Foundation. There are no payments for bank holiday, privilege days or sickness. There is a limited holiday allowance.
  • The Intern must have the right to reside in the UK for the full duration of the internship. The Foundation cannot assist in altering the visa status of any applicant and applications from persons who do not have right to residency at the time of application will not be considered.


  • They are looking for someone with excellent research and administrative skills, a keen interest in advocacy, international relations, human rights or development.
  • Skills and experience in the use of technology are essential and knowledge of Microsoft Office and online platforms are required.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

Apply through the given link.

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Application Deadline: September 27, 2021

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