Frequently asked questions about internships

Who can apply?

Some of our internships may need special or technical skills and knowledge, others may require good personal skills and abilities such as empathy and concern for the welfare of others.

We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities.

How do I apply?

Take a look through the internships available in your region on our website. When you have found one that interests you, simply log in or create an account within our online system to apply.

If you would like the application form in a different format (such as standard print, large print, Braille or audio) or if you have any questions, contact the Volunteering Team by emailing or calling 01733 375450.

I cannot see any opportunities available

We advertise opportunities on our website and externally twice a year: in August (for a mid-September start) and in March (for an April start).

We might be able to accommodate ad-hoc internships but we cannot guarantee that sending us your CV will lead to one.

How much time would I have to give?

Our internships are 12 weeks long but are flexible (either 3 or 4 days per week).

Where would an internship take place?

We offer internships around the UK; however they are all office based.

Will I be paid?

All internships are voluntary positions. However, you will be entitled to reimbursement of all reasonable expenses so that you are not left out of pocket. We will ask you to produce receipts and travel tickets and complete a simple claim form.

I am from outside the UK. Can I still be an intern with you?

You must be a UK resident for the duration of your internship.

You might need a valid visa or other documentation which depends on your country of residence. You are responsible for ensuring you are legally allowed to volunteer in the UK. We are unable to support you with your visa or take on arrangements for your accommodation, travel etc

Why should I choose to do an internship with you?

We are a leading source of information on sight loss and the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people. You'll be making a huge difference to the lives of people living with sight loss while you will have the chance to work on a specific project and develop new skills.

What induction and training will I receive?

Here’s what we’ll offer you as a way to thank you for your contribution:

  • Induction to your role and ongoing supervision and support by your manager.
  • Access to our internal training and development courses.
  • Access to CV and interview skills training courses.
  • Coaching opportunities.
  • Access to our internal vacancy list.
  • A certificate and reference on completion of your placement.

Will you provide me with a reference?

We will send you a reference upon successful completion of your internship with us.

Will an internship lead to a full time job with you in future?

Completing an internship with us doesn’t mean that you have secured employment with us. However, as an intern, you will have access to our internal jobs list and you are welcome to apply for a job with us.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us by email  or by phone on 01733 375450.