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 18th June. 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 25th June 2018. 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.

Applications for the 2017/2018 programme will open on 15th January and will close on 4th March.

To apply please complete the Pathways to Charity and Development Application Form

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.

To apply please complete the Pathways to Charity and Development Application Form

Applications will open 15th January 2018

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 on 4th March 2018. After application forms have been reviewed, students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment session where the final 20 students will be chosen. You will be notified if you have been called to an assessment centre or not by 8th March 2018. 

The assessment centre will take place during the week commencing 19th March 2018These 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.

Training will take place the week after the end of the summer 2018 term: Monday 18th June – Thursday 21st June 2018.

The 20 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 both the University of Exeter, Streatham Campus.

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 from Monday 25th June – Friday 29th June 2018. This week long (35 hour) internship will be paid.

If selected you will be required to identify which projects and businesses you are most interested in and send us your ranked choices by 3rd June.

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 on 6th June prior to the training week starting. 

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 pathways2charity@exeter.ac.uk

  • 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.