Canterbury Christ Church University is committed to promoting racial equality, closing the degree awarding gap, increasing graduate employability, and promoting a diverse workforce.

In recent weeks the University was delighted to welcome our Black and Black Mixed Heritage students to an event which offers the opportunity to gain work experience with paid internships across a number of sectors in the UK.

The event was hosted in collaboration with the 10,000 Black Interns Programme and the event was attended by our undergraduate and postgraduate students and our most recent graduates. Through this programme our Black students and recent graduates are provided the opportunity to work with multinational corporations, professional firms and public bodies on a paid internship for a minimum of six weeks.

The internships offer great insight into future career prospects and employment, as well as offering world-class training and development in organizations/sectors that they would otherwise be underrepresented.

The 10,000 Black interns programme aims to transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the UK and increase the diversity of the workplace. During the event students learned about the 10,000 Black internship programme, how they can get involved, the opportunities available to them, guidance on writing a high quality CV, cover letter and completing the application form.

Led by Julie Quist-Therson, the Programme Manager for 10,000 Black Interns emphasized the importance and need for diversity within the workplace, she said: “Black Interns mission is to diversify talent pools across the country to ensure that Black students and Black graduates have opportunities in a range of sectors across the UK.”

Christ Church Students’ Union Student Voice Coordinator, Aliosha Seraphim, added: “It’s an amazing opportunity because we’re making sure that everyone ends up with an equal opportunity at the end of the day. I think it’s all about overcoming these barriers we’ve been having for such a long time. It’s fantastic to give our students the chance to excel and I’m happy the students are being represented the way that they need to be. It’s a great step forward.”

The internships available span across:

  • Accountancy & Finance
  • Architecture
  • Automotive & Mechanical Engineering
  • Compliance & Legal Support
  • Construction. Real Estate & Property
  • Consumer & Retail. Corporate & Investment Banking
  • Creative. Culture. Data. Education. Engineering
  • Financial Services Data & Technology
  • Health Data Research. Healthcare Management
  • HR. Insurance & Long-Term Savings
  • Investment Management. Law (in-house & private practice)
  • Management Strategy & Consultancy. Market Research
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Media. Not-For-Profit
  • Ops and Infrastructure
  • Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences
  • Policy & Public Sector
  • PR
  • Recruitment & Executive Search
  • Retail Banking. Sales. Technology
  • The Bar
  • Utilities

More information can be found here.