Spinal Injuries Association are launching an internship scheme


Are you a student, a graduate or considering a change in career? Do you want to gain first-class experience in a charity working alongside SIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Director of Services and Director of Fundraising? If so, this opportunity may be perfect for you.

SIA are offering an internship at the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA). They’re a national charity dedicated to helping the 40,000 spinal cord injured people (SCI) in the UK to rebuild their lives, as well as offering support for their friends and family. They are looking for someone with drive and ambition, who is keen and committed to learning, and can use their initiative.

About the role

In your role, you will be supporting the day-to-day working of Sue Browning (CEO) and at times the two Directors.

Tasks will include:

  • Organise and contributing to internal and external meetings including the area of public affairs
  • Mini research projects and compiling documents
  • Research and nominating SCI people for national awards
  • Collate monthly data for SIA and providing evidence of their progress as a charity
  • Support the development of the CEO monthly reports
  • Support the Executive Assistant and Central Services Manager in CEO diary management


  • You will gain first-hand work experience in a competitive sector
  • You will get an insight into a particular area to help to shape your career choices
  • You will be working with a team of enthusiastic and supportive people
  • You will receive relevant training and support
  • You will be reimbursed for travel expenses within a reasonable distance
  • You will be making a difference to the lives of those affected by a spinal cord injury
  • This will strengthen CV and help with future job applications
  • The CEO is offering a mentorship during the placement
  • Preferred qualities and skills
  • Eager and willing to learn
  • Ambitious for own development and progression
  • Committed and reliable
  • Independent thinker and problem solver with the ability to make connections
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to research and synthesise thinking into written words
  • Organised and systematic
  • Ability to take ownership of a workload and ability to prioritise
  • A cheerful and positive ‘can do’ attitude

The commitment

3 or 4 days per week, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm (lunch break included)

4month duration

Flexible times and days to suit you.

This role will be based at SIA House, Milton Keynes.

If you are interested please send your CV along with a covering letter to:

Jen Sims, Spinal Injuries Association, SIA House, 2 Trueman Place, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, MK6 2HH or email j.sims@spinal.co.uk

Please include in the covering letter an explanation as to why you think your skills and experience make you suitable for the role.

SIA will acknowledge your application and let you know if you’ve been shortlisted. Interviews will be confirmed shortly after the deadline.

Spinal Injuries Association thank you for your interest in the SIA and wish you luck in your application!