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Grants and trusts fundraising internship


Grants and Trusts Fundraising Intern


Role:                                           Grants and Trusts Fundraising Intern

Responsible to:                          Director of Support

Based at:                                     Home

Working hours:                           21 hours a week for eight weeks (days negotiable but must include a Friday)

Start date:                                   Monday 24 May (or as soon as possible after this date)

Remuneration:                           £10.75 per hour

Genetic Alliance UK

We are the national charity working to improve the lives of patients and families affected by all types of genetic conditions. We are an alliance of over 200 patient organisations. We conduct psychosocial and economic research and we are experts in health policy. Our aim is to ensure that high-quality services, information and support are provided to all who need them. We actively support research and innovation across the field of genetic medicine. This is an exciting time to join Genetic Alliance UK as our new and ambitious strategy brings opportunities for growth, innovation and expansion across the organisation.

In addition to supporting our members, Genetic Alliance UK also runs the following long-term projects:

Rare Disease UK – a multi-stakeholder coalition brought together to work with the Government to implement the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases and improve access to treatment and care. 

SWAN UK (syndromes without a name) – the only UK based network providing information and support to families of children and young adults who have undiagnosed genetic conditions.

We are currently looking to develop our trusts and foundations fundraising. This internship will contribute to this. 

What this internship Offers

This internship is a great learning opportunity offering a first step on the ladder for anyone looking to start their career in fundraising. For the right candidate this is an opportunity to gain substantial experience in grants and trusts fundraising. Working as part of the Genetic Alliance UK team you will also have the opportunity to find out more about other types of fundraising and our wider policy, research and support work. This is a home-based role for three days a week to include a Friday.

What the internship will involve

The successful candidate will focus on grants and trusts fundraising. This will include identifying trusts and foundations with potential to support our work, developing cases for support and associated materials, developing project budgets and writing and submitting applications. The role will also involve keeping up-to-date records and monitoring the success rate of applications.

The intern will receive weekly support and supervision to develop their fundraising skills. You will be joining our team during an exciting time as we develop a brand new fundraising strategy. You will also have the opportunity to attend our communications group meetings to find out more about how nationwide fundraising events are planned and delivered.

What we like our interns to have

  • A degree or equivalent experience.
  • Outstanding communication skills with excellent spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Attention to detail and a methodical approach to their work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, a can-do attitude and desire to learn.
  • An empathetic attitude and enthusiasm for understanding the complexities and impact genetic, rare and undiagnosed conditions can have on family life.
  • An enthusiasm for working as part of a team as well as using their own initiative.
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of Genetic Alliance UK.

Application details

  • Deadline for applications: Friday 7 May 2021.
  • Interview date: Friday 14 May 2021. The interview process will include a written task and panel interview.

Please note – we will call successful candidates by Tuesday 11 May 2021 to invite them to interview. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer alternative interview dates.

  • Start date: As soon as possible after this date.

Please email a CV and cover letter to: Leanne Hubbard, Director of Fundraising at [email protected]create new email. Your cover letter should explain why you are interested in this internship and what makes you suitable for the role. Please save your documents as Fullname.CV and Full Name.CoverLetter. Please state your name and post applied for in the email subject line. Applications without cover letters or with incorrectly named attachments will not be considered. This role will be subject to a DBS check. For more information, please visit

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