By the end of Summer 2023 we will have created almost 5,000 internships in just 3 years and provided training opportunities to over 25,000 applicants, here’s how:
The 10,000 Interns Foundation story is one of humble origins. Acutely aware of the lack of representation in their sector, our four founders piloted a programme offering 100 Black students paid internship opportunities in Investment Management.
The impact of the programme was felt beyond the sector, and calls for expansion led us to a greater mission; to offer 10,000 internships to Black and Black heritage students and graduates across over 25 industries in the UK.
We knew our model was addressing a particular “kink in the hosepipe” and could be used to support other underrepresented groups.
Fast forward to 2023, the Foundation now runs two programmes: the 10,000 Black Interns programme, supporting Black students and graduates, and the 10,000 Able Interns programme, supporting disabled students and graduates.
We are well on our way to creating a community of 10,000 talented individuals, but we also recognise that impact doesn’t just happen at scale, and culture is made in the moments where no one is looking. So, our programmes aim to change the face of British business, whilst our insights are used to develop more inclusive practices and culture change.
The 10,000 Interns Foundation champions underrepresented talent and promotes equity of opportunity. We run two programmes that help us meet our mission: The 10,000 Black Interns programme, and the 10,000 Able Interns programme, both offering students and grads paid internship opportunities across a range of UK industries.
PROMOTING EQUITY OF OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE THE FACE OF BRITISH BUSINESS
Our Partners help us drive change across the Foundation at a strategic level. They provide funding, access to their networks, spaces, and expertise, to ensure that the Foundation keeps delivering impact.
Our Partners help us drive change across the Foundation at a strategic level. They provide training, access to their spaces, share their knowledge, and offer funding to ensure that the Foundation keeps making an impact.
BECAUSE TALENT IS EVERYWHERE, BUT OPPORTUNITY IS NOT
Our people make the cogs turn behind the scenes. They have a wealth of experience in social change, data, comms, management and more. They make stuff happen. They are the 10,000 Interns Foundation.
10,000 ABLE INTERNS, CO-FOUNDER
“As a wheelchair user, the gap in the market for a framework to better tap into disabled talent was an obvious one. Conversations with participating organisations and our amazing interns have only affirmed this – the amount of top talent being overlooked due to institutional barriers is staggering”.