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Programme Requirements

The deadline for organisations to submit their Pledge Form to participate in the programmes is 20th October 2023.

All internships offered through the programmes are a minimum of 6 weeks.

The majority of candidates applying to the programmes are current university students. Our timelines for training, recruitment, and internship placements reflect the university academic calendar that starts in September and provides a break during the summer.

All internships should be UK-based. However, interns can partake in international travel that may be required as part of their role as long as the internship is based in the UK.


For programme queries, please email [email protected] and [email protected] for the Account Manager for the 10,000 Black Interns and 10,000 Able Interns programmes respectively. 

Yes, organisations are encouraged to pledge for both programmes, as they operate on the same allocation and recruitment timelines.

Yes, organisations can apply to either programme according to their discretion and availability of internship roles.

Participating organisations are required to pay interns a salary that is at minimum the local living wage of the internship’s location for the duration of the internship. Organisations may choose to provide additional support such as accommodation and transportation at their own discretion and expense.

There is no fee to join either the 10,000 Black Interns or 10,000 Able Interns programmes. The only fees associated with the programmes are the interns’ salaries that should be at minimum the local living wage of where the internship is located.

You do not need to make a donation or become a Corporate Member to participate in the programmes. However, as a charity, the 10,000 Interns Foundation relies on support from participating organisations, charitable funds, and partners to keep the programmes free for underrepresented students and graduates.

The programmes run in cycles that start in September and end in March the followingyear. For the current 2023/24 cycle, key programme dates are:k

  • 20 October 2023 – Deadline to submit Pledge Form
  • 08 November 2023 – Allocation: Organisations receive candidates
  • 08 November – 17 November 2023 – Slate adjustment period
  • 20 November – 24 November 2023 – Deadline to make first contact with candidates

31 March 2024 – Deadline to complete all hires

Primary contacts will be the primary point of contact for all programme-related communications and announcements. The secondary contact should be a member of the organisation who is senior to the primary contact and will only be contacted if the primary contact is unreachable or unresponsive.

You are not required to sponsor a visa for your interns. You will be able to indicate whether you would like to sponsor a visa or not in the relevant section of your Pledge Form.