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Intern, Knowledge, Learning and Communications

The organisation

The Commonwealth Foundation is an international organisation established by Heads of Government in support of the belief that the Commonwealth is as much an association of peoples as it is of governments.

It is the Commonwealth agency for civil society; a unique, stand-alone organisation established by, funded and reporting to governments.

The Foundation is dedicated to strengthening people’s participation in all aspects of public dialogue, to act together and learn from each other to build democratic societies.

Ultimately, the Foundation seeks to ensure that policy and government institutions are more effective contributors to development through the influence of civic voices.

The role

We are looking for an Intern to work in the newly established Knowledge Learning and Communications team. The internship will be London based, in the office 5 days (with an option for 4 days if requested) a week from Monday to Friday to  support activities of the programme, particularly around our social media presence @commonwealthorg, website updates, data entry for our contacts database, as well as various background research and discrete writing activities for the knowledge and learning programme.

It is expected for the intern to also work across the organisation, particularly with Commonwealth Writers Intern in respect to communications.

The person

The individual should have strong writing skills, research ability and experience, experience of working with websites and various social media platforms, ability to meet tight deadlines, good team working and administration skills.


We look forward to receiving a diverse mix of applications.    Due to our agreement with the UK Government, any applicants must possess nationality or visa that gives them automatic right to live in the UK.  The Foundation is unable to sponsor any visa so it must be in place at time of application.

Closing date:

Friday 25 January 2019

Allowance and duration:

  • 6 months duration
  • £50 per day
  • A travel allowance (commuting to and from the office) to a maximum of £20 per day is available to an intern who lives outside of London. London travel is not covered by the Foundation.
  • As an internship this does not constitute employment with the Foundation. There are no payments for bank holiday, privilege days or sickness.  There is a limited holiday allowance.
  • The Intern is included fully in any external training opportunities (including conference attendance) and appropriate internal learning & development programmes.
  • Assistance is given where possible to aid the Intern in securing a permanent role in another organisation at the end of their internship. If there was a suitable vacancy at the Foundation, the intern can apply, however there is no guarantee of a permanent role at the end of internship.


Under UK employment law you must have the right to live in the UK either by having a nationality from a qualifying member country of the European Union or by possessing an appropriate visa.  The Foundation is unable to sponsor any visa applications, so this must be in place at time of applying. 

More information can be found at: and Commonwealth citizens who do not possess an appropriate visa, in line with UK legislation, do not have an automatic right to work in the UK.

Deadline for applications
25 January 2019 1pm BST

Sorry, the applications for this position have now closed.

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