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. 

The interactive programme comprises of 3 key elements:

  • Employer-led training - 4 days of intensive technical and employability training; Monday 17 June – Thursday 20 June 2019
  • Group project - You will work in small groups to apply your learning to a real life business project during the training period
  • Paid internship - You will be assigned an organisation where you will undertake a 1 week paid internship; Monday 24 - Friday 28 June 2019

Professional Pathways is closed for 2019 applications. To be added to the mailing list for 2020 please email

 If you are an employer please visit the employer facing Pathways to Charity and Development webpage.

  • 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
  • This activity counts towards the Exeter Award
  • Receive a certificate and reference

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 from first year to final year, undergraduate or postgraduate as long as you can demonstrate a keen interest in this subject area. Students from any campus can apply for this pathway.

You must have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the professional pathways i.e. it covers both the training and the internship week. If you are called to the selection assessment centre you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.

Applications for 2018/19 are now closed. Please email to be added to the 2019/20 mailing list.

It is important to note that information you provide on your application form will be shared with the internship hosts as part of the internship matching process.

Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate the following attributes: team working, communication and presentation skills, emotional intelligence, time management and organisational skills, creativity, project planning, and project management.

Every application form will be reviewed once the programme advert closes in 24th February 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 - 25th-28th March 2019
  • and for Penryn - 29th March 2019

These will be the only sessions delivered so in order for you to be successfully chosen for the programme you will need to be able to commit to attending.

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.

The University offers a wide range of employability support, training and advice that we would recommend you look into to make the most of your internship (click here for details). Here are some of the courses that we think may be useful for you to attend prior to starting your internship:

  • Team working – Click here for details
  • Communication and Presentation Skills – Click on any of the three links for the details; Course 1, Course 2 and Course 3
  • Emotional Intelligence – Click here for details
  • Time Management and Organisational Skills - Click on any of the three links for the details; Course 1, Course 2 and Course 3
  • Project Planning and Project Management - Click on any of the three links for the details; Course 1, Course 2 and Course 3

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

The 20 successfully selected students will undertake 4 days of intensive training delivered by industry experts 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.

Training takes the format of multiple sessions including experiential learning, and culminating in group work projects set by industry.  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.

Sessions covered may 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
  • Humanitarian emergency response
  • Cross-sector partnerships 

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

Group Project

Working within small groups, you will apply your training to a real-life business project during the training week. 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 undertake a week long internship provided by an organisation in the third sector. These internships will take place after your training has been completed - Monday 24 June until Friday 28 June 2019.

Past internship hosts in 2018 included:

  • Farms for City Children
  • CoLab Exeter
  • Living Options Devon
  • Brain in Hand
  • Ambios
  • Rethink Mental Illness

The salary of £10.08 per hour (inclusive of holiday pay) for this week long (35 hour) internship will be paid by the University of Exeter. You will need to fund the accommodation and travel expenses for the internship week.

If selected a range of internship projects will be sent to you and you will be required to identify which projects you are most interested in. You will need to consider your travel and accommodation arrangements when ranking your preferences.

A matching process will then be completed in late May based on your application form and identified preferences. No guarantee can be made that you will be matched to your preference. You will be expected to make contact with your internship host prior to starting your internship.

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

If you would like to ask any questions please contact the Pathways to Charity and Development team on