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  • Posted on July 8, 2016

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… Our New Intern

Like many recent graduates, I was a bit stuck as to what I was going to do after university. I completed a BA degree in European Studies from Kings College, London in June. Some of my friends had big trips planned to Thailand and Australia; others were planning on doing Masters Degrees. For me, having always wanted to work in International development, I decided an internship in a charity would be the best option. Luckily, in my online searches, I stumbled across ACT. As I read about the ‘Ulemu’ project to keep girls in school in Malawi and the many initiatives to support widows across Africa, I knew I wanted to be a part of ACT’s incredible work. Read more about the Ulemu Project.

It is three weeks into my internship at ACT and here are my reflections of the experience so far. From my first day, I have been treated as a valued member of the team. This is not the kind of internship where the main task is getting lattes for the directors – here at ACT they really want to help me develop my skills. I will be working across many areas including fundraising, marketing and communications. Currently, I am helping with organising two major fundraising events which are coming up.

The Dragon Boat Race is on Sunday 17th JulyI have been very busy managing the response from supporters who have expressed interest and responding to queries.  It has been fun helping participants with their fundraising! Find out more about the Boat Race.

I am also involved with planning for the Great South Run, taking place on Sunday 23rd October. I have been helping with recruiting runners for the ACT team. For any of you who ditched that New Year’s resolution two weeks into January, don’t forget you can always run for ACT and turn things around! Find out more about the Great South Run.

All this experience and more will help me pursue a future career in International Development.

Before joining ACT, I have volunteered abroad in Ghana for a small charity called Lively Minds in 2013, which specialise in pre-school education projects. I helped to plan and deliver a play scheme in one community and a reading scheme in another. Last year I did an internship with BRAC Tanzania, based in Dar es Salaam, where I designed an English course for teenagers and trained teachers to deliver it. I am hoping my experiences in Africa will help me here at ACT.

I am very excited for what the next six months at ACT will bring.

Jessica Schofield-Wood


Each year, ACT takes on a number of interns at its Croydon office.  For more information about joining ACT as an intern, visit our website and go to [Volunteer/Work for us] to submit a CV.


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