There are very few graduate schemes offered by charities. Most want you to volunteer or they want more experienced professionals. If you are keen on breaking into this sector, it maybe better to gain experience elsewhere and then come back to it, when you have more to offer. 

  • Cancer ResearchThey offer graduates a choice of four different streams: Corporate, Fund Raising & marketing, Scientific Services and communications. Each of the graduate streams will give you exposure to four different teams and you'll spend six months in each. This two-year cycle will give you an in-depth knowledge of the organisation, which is a FTSE 350 company with an income of £400m a year. Their work has contributed to over half of the top cancer drugs used worldwide today, and they’ve been at the heart of the progress that has seen cancer survival rates double in the last 40 years.

“Not only does this scheme help thousands of children to achieve their aspirations; it also helps the volunteers taking part to get on in their careers.” - David Cameron MP, Prime Minister

City Year are currently accepting applications. You can apply at: or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more. Please use the reference code 50900 in the subject line.

  • Raleigh InternationalJust finished your exams? Are you wondering what to do next? Having last minute thoughts about university or work? Have you thought about international volunteering? International Citizen Service (ICS) is a is a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity open to all 15-25 year olds in which you will gain the skills and experience that are valued by employers while making a difference. It is a UK government funded development programme that brings together young people to make a difference in some of the poorest communities in the world. They are working with other respected development organisations to deliver the programme. You don’t need cash, skills or qualifications to apply - just the ambition to make a difference.

Find more information HERE.

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