A day in the life of an ACT intern

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  • Posted on December 7, 2018

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Are you passionate about helping others? Do you aspire to work in the charity sector? Are you interested in gaining experience and building your CV?

ACT could be the perfect fit! We’re always excited to hear from enthusiastic applicants, and offer a variety of opportunities to suit whatever interests you! From writing blogs, to website editing, to helping plan events and fundraisers, we’re a very welcoming team and would love to help you grow and develop new skills.

Sophie is our newest Communications and Publicity Officer. Here she gives a little insight into working for ACT.

Hello! I’m Sophie, a recent graduate from Exeter University, and now an intern for the African Child Trust! Having always been interested in working for charities, and with a love for writing too, this role seemed like the perfect opportunity to gain some invaluable experience, and to learn more about what career I’d like to pursue!

I’ve spent 10 weeks at ACT now, and I must say I could not have asked for a more welcoming or supportive team to work with. Working for a charity and knowing your work is helping to improve the lives of others has been extremely rewarding. I have also learnt a lot about how small charities truly operate, from the importance of local volunteers and supporters, to how they celebrate their anniversaries with exciting events and fundraisers!

So, as Communications and Publicity Officer, what do I get up to day-to-day? I start my day by organising all the social media posts for the coming week. This involves writing out a schedule. I check if we have any upcoming events to promote, if there is anything trending we should be getting involved with, and if there are any relevant international days we need to show support for. I also research the latest news stories in reference to our eight African countries, or human rights developments further afield. I look for anything that can increase our engagement online and help us to attract new followers, as well as keeping current ones up to date!

My day also involves scheduling our upcoming blog posts. This means deciding what topics are most important for us to write about, and communicating with external writers to plan what blogs they’d like to contribute to. Without an external writer, it is my responsibility to write the blog, which I have really enjoyed doing. This role requires research skills and creativity, and developing a clear writing voice. From not knowing a huge amount about ACT’s supported countries, and the plight of widows and orphans in Africa, my time as an intern has taught me a huge amount.

I hope my brief comments have given you more insight into just one of the many roles you can get involved with here. Intern at ACT and you will be greeted by a small but very kind and friendly team, who are very passionate about what they do. Intern at ACT, and start your career in the charity sector today!

Send your CV and cover letter to Nicola at nicola@africanchildtrust.org.uk – we can’t wait to hear from you.

To find out more about ACT, please visit our website here

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