UK Programme – Internship

Forward Thinking’s UK programme is dedicated to empowering diverse Muslim communities, organisations and individuals, by working with them to build long term and sustainable relationships with various government departments and policy makers.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and capable individual for a 6-month internship in order to help develop and deliver our UK Programme.

We are looking for a self-starter, who can demonstrate strong project delivery, communication and relationship-building skills. The role will be based in London with some travel across the UK, including the North East, Midlands and Northwest. In this role you will report directly to the UK programme manager and support them in their work.

The Role

You will, primarily:

  • Support the delivery of the ‘Pathways into Politics’ programme, addressing the marginalisation of young people from politics through workshops with Members of Parliament and local authorities on barriers to political engagement and initiatives to promote inclusion.
  • Help to build Forward Thinking’s national-level engagement which establishes direct dialogue between diverse grassroots communities and government departments, with the aim of informing policy development and establishing channels for constructive dialogue.

The role is diverse and requires the ability to learn fast, take the initiative and balance independence with teamwork. Responsibilities will include: organising high-level meetings; preparation for regional workshops and parliamentary roundtables; drafting policy papers; research and analysis; and helping the UK Programme Manager to maintain relationships with the diverse members of our network.

General duties will include (please note this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Administration – help to keep an effective filing system and entering data
  • Analysis – conducting research on UK domestic policies relating to community cohesion, and informing the work of the UK programme.
  • Organising meetings – identifying participants, sending invitations, booking venues, organising transport.
  • Producing reports of meetings.
  • Note taking in meetings, where appropriate

Required technical experience, knowledge and skills:

  • Demonstrable organisational and administrative skills. Experience of project delivery, including managing budgets, highly desirable;
  • Fluency in English and excellent written and spoken communication skills. Experience of writing policy/research papers highly desirable;
  • Keen interest in UK domestic policy on community cohesion, and the workings of British political institutions and democratic processes;
  • A commitment to, and respect for, facilitating inclusive dialogue with groups holding highly diverse political, religious and ideological views;
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or relevant experience.
  • Strong IT skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel essential.

Hours and renumeration 

The internship will last for 6 months a week and will be full time (subject to negotiation). It will be paid at the London Living Wage (£10.55 per hour)

How to apply

Please write to applications@forward-thinking.org with your CV and short covering letter (no more than one side of A4) explaining your interest in the position and why you would be well suited to the role.  Please put in the subject line of your email: UK Internship Application.

Application period

Applications will be accepted from today until the 25th of February at midnight. Any applications received outside of this period will not be considered.

Interviews and start date

Applicants we would like to invite for interview will be contacted between the 26th February – 1st of March. If you do not hear from us by the 1st of March, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. Due to the high volume of applications we expect to receive, we will not write individually to unsuccessful candidates.

Interviews will take place in the week of the 4th of March and we will look for an immediate start.