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Social Impact Careers

Are you thinking about life after graduation, and wondering how you can build a career that could change the world for the better?

Then you’re in the right place!

Welcome to the Social Impact Lab’s Careers page, where we have curated a range of opportunities and resources to help you learn more about how you can build a career that makes a difference.

Our goal is to help our students to explore, progress and build their futures in social impact. Our Director, Dr Pathik Pathak, discussed Building Careers of Value in his TedX talk.

There are multiple pathways to social change. Whether you are looking for a Graduate Scheme, a Voluntary Opportunity or even want to start your own Social Enterprise, we are here to support you!

Are you ready to take the first step on an impactful career path?

Then read on to get inspired…

Social Impact Graduate Schemes

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United Nations Paid Schemes

If you are thinking of entering the world of diplomacy and public policy, an internship at the United Nations could be the ideal start for you.

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Charity Works Graduate Schemes

As a Charityworks Graduate Trainee you will deliver a full-time job in a partner charity or housing association and take part in an acclaimed leadership programme.

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Civil Service Fast Stream

We need talented people to lead the future Civil Service. Whoever you are, whatever your background, the Fast Stream is the fastest route to real leadership.

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Cancer Research UK Graduate Schemes

Schemes are available at Cancer Research UK in: Fundraising and Marketing, Finance, Policy, Information and Communications, Scientific Strategy and funding, Technology and HR.

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TeachFirst Graduate Programme

Our two-year Leadership Development Programme provides world-class teacher and leadership training for people who are passionate about giving children from the poorest backgrounds a great education.  

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Think Ahead Graduate Scheme

The Think Ahead programme is a new route into social work, for graduates and career-changers remarkable enough to make a real difference to people with mental health problems.

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Unlocked Graduate Scheme

Accelerate your career by supporting the rehabilitation of others. Our award-winning two-year leadership development programme is growing society’s future leaders.

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Wellcome Graduate Development Programme

Help deliver Wellcome’s mission to improve health. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals in a range of areas across Wellcome.

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NHS Graduate Management Training Schemes

Puts you on the road to developing the skills and confidence you need to lead our organisation through its transformation into an ever more efficient, successful and professional health care service.

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Ambitious Futures Graduate Programmes

If you're looking for a graduate programme that opens the door to a highly varied career in an entrepreneurial, global business, Ambitious Futures is it.

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Frontline Graduate Schemes

Frontline recruits and develops outstanding individuals to be social workers and leaders to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and families.

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Green Alliance Graduate Schemes

We are looking for the next generation of environmental leaders. Our graduate scheme is a great opportunity to kick start your career.

Social Impact Volunteering and Internship Opportunities

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World Food Programme Internships

These highly competitive placements, in various worldwide locations, present the opportunity to gain practical work experience and support the UN’s Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal

UNICEF Internships

UNICEF Internships

Eligible students or graduates (within the past 2 years) with excellent academic records can apply to experience work within one of UNICEF’s key functional areas

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WWF: Volunteer & Internship Programme

Worldwide placements are available for applicants with a commitment to conservation work, adaptability to changing situations and the ability to work respectfullt in cross-cultural situations

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British Red Cross: Internships

Voluntary internships are available on a part time basis in the UK for 8 - 12 weeks, and could involve undertaking research, developing a project or planning an event

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