Swings & Smiles is offering voluntary internships in summer 2020 for young people aged 16-18 years old. There are two internships available which are aimed at anyone looking for experience within the voluntary or childcare sectors.

This is a really exciting opportunity to develop skills and gain experience and confidence as part of a structured and rewarding placement. The internships are unpaid but we will provide cake! Internships will run for 3 weeks during the summer from our centre in Thatcham. You will receive a certificate and reference upon completion of the placement, and be fully supported throughout.

The opportunities currently available are: 

1. Charity Internship

By completing our Charity Internship you will gain experience and knowledge of what it takes to run a successful charity. This will include:

  • Fundraising
  • Communications and marketing (including social media)
  • Policy and business strategy
  • Research
  • Working in an office environment
  • Working as part of a team
  • Working to deadlines

This internship would suit somebody who has the following skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Enthusiasm for working within the charity sector
  • Pro-active
  • Able to work on tasks independently or as part of a team

2. Childcare Internship

Our Childcare Internship will provide an insight into careers relating to caring, disability support, therapy and social work. This will include:

  • Session planning and running
  • Understanding the importance of what we do
  • Reflecting on the impact and benefit to families
  • Family and sibling support
  • Working in an office environment
  • Working as part of a team
  • Working to deadlines

This internship would suit somebody who has the following skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Enthusiasm for working within the charity sector
  • Pro-active
  • Able to work on tasks independently or as part of a team

If you'd like to find out more or apply for either of these internships please contact [email protected]