Professional Pathways to Charity and Development

What is Pathways to Charity and Development?

Based on a growing number of students showing an interest in the Charitable and Development Sector, the University of Exeter has teamed up with local charities and development organisations to deliver a week long training course followed by a paid week long internship. This new innovation programme builds on the success of the existing Pathways offer and will bring together local charities and development organisations with talented Exeter student interns, who would have undertaken the week long course. Students will work on real life development projects adding valuable research and support linked to their internship provider’s work.

The interactive programme comprises of 3 key elements:


Students that are successful in their application to the programme will take part in four days intensive training delivered at Streatham Campus during the week of 17 - 20 June 2019. This is delivered prior to the paid internship, which will be offered by employers from the charity sector. The training element will be led by industry and supported by University of Exeter Employability staff.

Training takes the format of 12 sessions including experiential learning, and culminating in group work projects set by industry. This will give you the opportunity to work on real life business projects. The training should equip you with vital industry knowledge, sector specific information, support to improve your employability and an opportunity to hone your networking skills.

It will also provide you with preparatory support to make the best out of your paid internship.

Sessions covered include (but are not exclusive to):

  • Volunteer management
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and communication
  • Research, data and policy development
  • Advocacy and campaigning
  • Commercial sector
  • Project and events management
  • Finance, budget and procurement
  • Property and logistics
  • Humanitarian emergency response
  • Partnerships
  • How to get the most out of your internship

Please note these are subject to final confirmation and may change.


Working within small groups, you will apply your training to a real-life business project during the training week.


The internship will be a week long and will run during the week of 24 - 28 June 2019. It will be paid and based with an employer in the charity / 3rd sector. This will be a partner employer of the university. We draw upon our vast network of Alumni to support this initiative.

Online applications for the 2019 programme will open in January 2019 and will close in early March 2019 - dates TBC.

Remember: It all adds up! This Careers activity counts towards the Exeter Award.







You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply for the programme. We welcome applications from all disciplines and levels of study, as long as you can demonstrate a keen interest in this subject area.

You must have the right to work in the UK and provide your visa status and explanation on your application form. If you are called to the selection assessment session you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.

Applications will open in January 2019.

This program is very competitive so you need to ensure you submit your best application - making sure that you stand out from the crowd. Subsequently it is recommended that you book on and complete an “Effective application form” workshop bookable via My Career Zone before you complete your application. This workshop will also count to your Exeter Award. It is important to note that the information you provide on your application form may be shared with external employers as part of the internship matching process.

Every application form will be reviewed once the programme advert closes in March 2019. After application forms have been reviewed students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment session in the same month. An assessment session will be held on both the Streatham campus and the Penryn campus. You will be notified if you have been called to an assessment centre or not by mid-March 2019.

The assessment sessions will take place:

  • for Exeter - TBC March 2019
  • for Penryn - TBC March 2019

The application process is highly competitive and therefore only the best performing students will be selected for an assessment session and subsequently for inclusion on the programme. Any students not successful in the application process will receive feedback for their performance, and will be signposted to resources and support available.

Training will take place the week after the end of the Summer term (Monday 17 June – Thursday 20 June 2019).

The 25 successfully selected students will undertake 4 days of intensive training delivered by the industry partners and associates.  

Training will take place over 4 full days based at the University of Exeter, Streatham Campus. If you are a student from the Penryn campus accommodation will be provided locally and your travel expenses paid from Penryn campus to Exeter.

Throughout your training you will work in groups linking what you learn to a real life business project provided on your first day of training. On the final day of the programme your group will deliver a presentation to a panel of judges made up of industry partners and University of Exeter staff.


If selected, you will need to undertake a week long internship with a business working on a specific project.  These internships will take place after your training has been completed - Monday 24 June until Friday 28 June 2019. This week long (35 hour) internship will be paid.

If selected at the assessment centre you will be required to identify which projects and businesses you are most interested in and send us your ranked choices.

The matching process will completed based on the understanding of the client’s business and your application form and identified preferences. No guarantee can be made that you will be matched to your preferred project but our aim is to match as many students to their preferred projects as possible.

You will also be invited to a briefing session in early June prior to the training week starting to process your right to work documents and update you on the arrangements for the training and internship weeks.

  • Gain an insight into different roles in the different roles in the charity and development sector
  • Increase knowledge of sector specific activities
  • Learn in an interactive and experiential environment
  • Work with students from different year groups, subjects and levels of degree
  • Be inspired by experienced professionals
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Develop your career plan
  • Apply newly acquired learning to a group project as part of the training
  • Culminates in an essential work experience, undertaking a paid internship with local leaders in charity and development
  • Receive a certificate and reference

Elements of Pathways to Charity and Development align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

If you have been successful in securing a place on this programme or would like to ask any further questions please contact the Pathways to Charity and Development team by emailing