Oxfam has been fighting suffering and poverty for over 70 years. As one of the most experienced development agencies in the world, it employs 6,400 people across the globe, 60% of which are from developing countries.
The charity also works with 2,000 local partners worldwide, and has a network of 23,000 volunteers. In all Oxfam’s actions, the ultimate goal is to enable people to exercise their rights and manage their own lives.
Whilst Oxfam does not have a traditional graduate programme, it invites graduates to apply for its Voluntary Internship scheme. The internships last between 3 and 7 months, and give successful applicants the opportunity to add significant value to an area of the organisation.
The roles could be based at head office in Oxford, in one of the regional offices, or in a high street store. The work is varied and could include anything from organising a fundraising event to running a shop. All graduates will get to experience how an international Non Government Organisation works, and develop their skills in a range of areas.
The Voluntary Internship scheme is unpaid, though expenses are covered for travel and lunch so volunteers aren’t out of pocket.
Oxfam was first set up with the aim to relieve famine in Greece caused by Allied naval blockades.
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