The European Solidarity Corps is an EU initiative which creates opportunities for young people in Europe who agree with and uphold its Mission and Principles. This programme is aligned with IARS’ ethos. We were set up by young volunteers from across Europe as the first EU-wide, youth-led network on equality matters. Our mission remains to empower young people and marginalised groups to participate in public life as equal citizens.
Youth Advisory Board
If you are interested in the problems facing young people, joining Sculpt’s Youth Advisory Board is a great opportunity to gain experience volunteering in an advisory role at an NGO, as well as to influence the work we do.
What would I do?
We have multiple roles available, to suit your individual preferences. These can be viewed here, but generally The Youth Advisory Board meets monthly to discuss Sculpt’s current work and projects, as well as hear about the different opportunities available to Advisory Board members. An agenda is prepared and shared in advance. Meetings are usually held both on Zoom and in-person.
As a member of the Youth Advisory Board, you will gain first-hand experience of being part of a youth-led organisation. From evaluating funding bids to contributing to policy consultations, you will have the opportunity to develop your written and communication skills and shape government thinking on contemporary issues. In addition, Advisory Board members can contribute to our publications, including the 99% magazine. All the training offered by Sculpt is open and free to Advisory Board members. There may also be access to other opportunities, including representing Sculpt at conferences and international travel.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying to become a member, please see the role description here.
We can’t wait to receive your applications and learn more about you! Please make sure to include the following:
- A short CV (max. one A4 page)
- A cover letter explaining your interest in the position– this is more important than having prior experience! (max. one A4 page)
Upon successful appointment, two character references will be requested as well. These do not have to be from previous employers. We want to hear from someone who knows you and can speak to your character and abilities.
We have a mission to empower young people to shape their futures and change their communities for the better by offering internship placements in research, project management and communications. We are proud to report that 100% of our interns expressed that they feel more confident in their future career after their placement.
What would I do?
Internships aim to give you an insight into the not-for-profit and youth sector in the UK by introducing you to aspects of research, communications and training. We aim to give you exposure to all areas of our work, with a specific focus on topics and skills of your choice.
Depending on the exact tasks, you will gain experience of:
- Conducting action research through mixed methods approaches.
- Designing and developing research projects and training programmes.
- Contributing to policy consultations.
- Communicating and presenting research findings in articles and reports.
- Evaluating projects and carrying out impact assessments.
- Contributing to funding proposals and learning about fundraising in the charity sector.
- Assisting in the administration of Sculpt’s events, conferences and training sessions.
- Creating targeted written, graphic, and video content for Sculpt’s social media accounts.
- Writing dynamic written content for Sculpt’s website, including blog posts.
- Prioritising different workloads and working effectively with a range of stakeholders.
Can I work remotely?
Yes, this role is flexible as most of the work can be carried out remotely. Our internships are hybrid placements, to reflect the fact that most organisations are now implementing this model. We encourage interns to sometimes come into our office in Bermondsey to meet the team and experience in-person supervisions and a busy office environment. Interns are invited to join our weekly team meetings, monthly Youth Advisory Board meetings and social events at our office or in the local area.
“Not only did the internship help me feel like I was making an impact in society, but it also grew many skills that will assist me in my academic and working future. I met a variety of people online and communicated with people from all over the globe. My knowledge of international policy was expanded, which was the one thing I hoped for most.”Lauren Kirchhoff