Partnerships Intern

London, UK
19 May 2017
02 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Right To Play UK’s offices, The Foundry, 17-19 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR.

We will reimburse the cost of travel to and from the office, on provision of receipts, within London (or the equivalent monthly contribution if travelling in from outside London). We will also reimburse £5 per working day lunch allowance.

Application process: CV and covering letter. In your covering letter, please illustrate how your experience meets the requirements of the role’s responsibilities and tasks, as well as the profile. Please also include your motivation for applying. Email these documents to Sian Meech via the APPLY button. Deadline for applications is Friday 2nd June 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview in the week commencing Monday 12th June 2017.

A written test will be included in the interview process. 


Right To Play is a global organisation that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur. Through playing sports and games, we help children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities.

Right To Play trains local community leaders and teachers as volunteer Coaches to deliver education programmes in 18 countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Right To Play promotes the involvement of all children and youth. We believe that the power of play can transform a child’s life. That’s why we are working in the most disadvantaged areas engaging girls, persons with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, street children, former child combatants and refugees.

Our work is facilitated by approximately 600 international staff, 14,400 volunteer Coaches and 300 Athlete Ambassadors. With an annual operating budget of $30M, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has National Offices in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and Germany. For more information about our global organisation please visit

Right To Play UK was established in 2006 and is aiming to raise £2.3 million in 2017. For more information about our work in the UK, please refer to our website:


Reporting directly to the Partnerships Manager the Fundraising Intern will be supporting the Corporate/Sports Partnerships Team during the busy summer period. Right To Play UK has a number of high profile partnerships and is represented by a range of elite athletes who support the charity by raising awareness and funds through various initiatives. The Fundraising Intern will support the team’s involvement with the Muller Anniversary Games and the Polycom charity golf day and help coordinate athlete support for these and other events. The intern will also support the delivery of the 2017 Corporate strategy by conducting prospect research and developing fundraising proposals.

Our commitment to you

This internship will provide an invaluable opportunity to gain essential skills and experience in key aspects of fundraising for a leading international sport for development organisation. You will be supplied with the necessary induction into Right To Play UK and our place within the global Right To Play organisation. We will also provide you with the equipment needed to carry out your volunteering with us based at the Right To Play UK offices.

Professional references will be offered on successful completion of the placement. Previous interns have gone on to full time positions at organisations including Right To Play International, Royal Geographical Society and Marie Curie.

Your commitment to us

We will ask you to commit to the period of the volunteer internship agreed and give us advanced notice if any of your circumstances change and affect your ability to complete the internship. We will require you to be onsite at the Right To Play offices at the agreed times and days to carry out your volunteering tasks. We will require you to act in a professional manner and to sign a letter of agreement including a confidentially clause.


Corporate and Partnerships Fundraising

  • To support the Partnerships Manager in the management and logistics for delivering key partnerships, such as PokerStars and British Athletics. This will include writing website copy, marketing materials, administration and systems support.
  • Assist in developing athlete partnerships, including liaising with sports agents, co-ordinating travel logistics, researching potential new athlete supporters. A key aspect of this will include assisting in arrangements for athlete ambassadors to attend the Big Red Ball.
  • Conduct research on potential corporate/sports partners, and help develop funding proposals following initial research.
  • Support internal and external meetings as required, ensuring meeting notes and action points are distributed. In particular, provide administrative support for the Right To Play Sports Development Committee made up of key supporters from the sports industry.
  • Provide daily database support (creating company records, updating existing records and meetings).


  • Other projects and activities as requested by the events team or corporate partnerships team

The role will also involve supporting the 2017 trusts and foundations strategy.

Trust and Foundation Fundraising

Working with the Programme Funding Manager to help identify and secure funding from UK trusts and foundations. This is a relatively new area of income generation for Right To Play UK and will require a large degree of desk based research and database management. However, there will also be opportunities to support proposal writing and in some cases lead on the production of tailored funding proposals. Specific responsibilities and tasks include:

  • Research trust and foundation pipeline for 2017 using the Directory of Social Change database and other online sources
  • Assist in developing trust and foundation applications for direct marketing appeals
  • Developing proposals for prospects following initial research
  • Logging all research into database and ensuring all records are accurate and up to date
  • Logging all applications and correspondence with trusts and foundations into database and ensuring all records are accurate and up to date
  • Posting all applications and sending thank you letters to trust and foundations that make donations


E          Essential (must have)

D         Desirable (asset)

Experience and skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrable experience of diplomacy and tact E
  • Knowledge of Microsoft applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint E
  • Degree level education or equivalent E
  • Proven track record of being able to conduct thorough research E
  • Experience of using database management system D
  • Experience in fundraising and/or the charity sector D
  • Knowledge and understanding of International Development D

Competencies / personal attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience of working with members of the public, consumers, customers or donors E
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to manage a varied workload E
  • Ability to work flexibly & collaboratively in a team with enthusiasm and commitment E
  • Excellent attention to detail E
  • Ability to manage a varied workload, work under pressure and meet deadlines E

Other Terms and Conditions:

Office hours: 9AM – 5PM, 5 days per week. This internship will require occasional evening and weekend work, with travel out of London, for which time off in lieu may be taken.

Holidays: Time off to be agreed with line manager.

Equal Opportunities: The Charity is committed to promoting equal opportunities in all aspects of its business, and maximising the potential of all employees and associates through fair and equal treatment.  It strives to ensure that all of it policies and practices support these aims and principles and works towards an environment where all employees and associates can develop their potential regardless of disability, race, colour, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, trans-gender status, belief or political opinion.