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Oasis Foundation Internship Programme accepting applications
The Oasis Foundation offers an internship programme tailored towards people who are looking to begin a career within the research and policy world, the communications industry or the third sector. The programme was officially launched in September 2016 and the first cohort of participants were given an opportunity to support the work and mission of the Oasis Foundation at the same time as receiving work and life experience and taking part in a structured training programme.
Every intern is promised the opportunity to engage with a range of aspects of the work of the Oasis Foundation which centres around distilling the hard-won wisdom of the Oasis family into grounded and practical policy recommendations and communicating these to policy members, faith groups and members of the public. The Foundation is also responsible for delivering fundraising and communications services to other members of the Oasis family.
Every participant should expect to engage in a wide breadth of work, with a special focus on fundraising and policy & communications.
Depending on which stream applied for, internship holders can expect to develop the following core skills:
Media relations – through communicating with press and broadcast journalists
Research skills – by searching for and identifying suitable evidence for releases, reports and papers, and assist with drafting materials
Social media – through developing content and interacting with supporters online
Fundraising – by assisting with bids and understanding the basics of direct marketing, individual giving and corporate partnerships
Database management and development
General office skills and experience – by being part of a team in a vibrant working environment
Interns will be given a ‘mentor’ or ‘buddy’ who can provide ongoing pastoral support and help provide career advice and guidance.
The following feedback was received from the first cohort of participants:
“It was great to get involved with interesting research topics at a deep level and have the chance to develop and test my skills.”
“I really enjoyed seeing how the policies we were developing were based on the real-life experiences of the wider work of Oasis; and I’m really pleased that the research I conducted is actually going to be used in a real report.”
“The whole team were really fun and friendly. It was a great introduction to a professional and office environment.”
“For me, the opportunity to work on different aspects of what the team gets up to – fundraising, communications and policy – was a real bonus. I also found the flexible work arrangements a big help.
There are no specific criteria as to who can apply, but the programme is primarily designed for graduates looking to begin a career in policy, communications, fundraising or the third sector. Oasis UK have also worked with participants who have combined the internship with their undergraduate or post graduate study.
The scheme's organisers look for the following character traits in anyone who would join the Oasis team:
A commitment to the Oasis ethos of inclusion, compassion and community transformation
Hard working, committed and results-driven
High energy and proactive approach to work
A positive, can-do and optimistic outlook
Willingness to try new things and explore a variety of tasks and ways of working
Oasis UK states that it offers a flexible time commitment and working arrangements
The length of the internship can be arranged to suit an individual's development needs and other time commitments
In terms of financial remuneration, the scheme only offers paid travel expenses within London (relevant London travel zones 1-6)
There are no fixed beginning and end dates to the programme and people are free to apply for any of the streams at any time
To apply for an Internship, send a CV and covering letter indicating which internship stream you are interested in and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.