Careers and Employability Centre

Diversity internships, insight days, events and scholarships

Many employers are aware of the need to make their organisations more diverse. Employers in various sectors offer specific schemes or scholarships to move towards this aim.

These schemes are open to underrepresented groups in that sector, ranging from those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, women, those who are LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities and long-term conditions. 

We will continue to update these resources. Please contact us at careers@sussex.ac.uk if you have a recommendation. 

General diversity schemes 

Change 100 - paid summer internships in leading organisations for students and graduates with disabilities and long-term conditions

Creative Access - paid graduate internships in the creative industries for those from under-respresented groups 

Disability Confident - find out about the Disability Confident scheme and which employers have signed-up to it 

EDI - programmes, insights and resources for diverse students, including the I Accelerator programme 

EmployAbility - insight days, events and internships for those with disabilities 

I Accelerator - work experience programme for diverse candidates to develop their professional skills 

Rare - runs career programmes for students from under-represented backgrounds in banking, consulting, law and leadership

Runneth Returnships - returnships for those re-entering the workforce after a career break

SEO London - offers training programmes for students from ethnic minorities or disadvantaged backgrounds in law, consulting, engineering, leadership, banking and technology 

Windsor Fellowship - paid leadership and training programme for undergraduates from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Banking and finance

See also Rare and SEO London

100 Black Interns - paid summer internships in 2021 for black students who want to gain experience in investment management 

Access to Banking - event for students with long-term conditions and disabilities who want to know more about careers in banking and finance

Bank of England African-Caribbean Scholarship - scholarship for applicants who are joining an internship with the Bank

CityView - careers event for female STEM students who work in technology within the financial services 

FreshLook - event for female first year students who want to know more about careers in investment and corporate banking 

HSBC - runs various insight days aimed at women, those with disabilities and health conditions, and black, Asian and minority ethnic applicants

Inside and Out - event for LGBTQ+ students who are interested in a career in investment banking 

JP Morgan Wining Women - insight experience for female undergraduates interested in a career in financial services and leadership

Lloyds Women in Banking - insight week

Nomura Women's Immersion - 2-week paid insight programme in one of three divisions 

Stand Out - careers event for female undergraduates who want to work in financial services 

Uncovering Prospects - careers event for students of black heritage who are interested in exploring internship opportunities in banking and finance in London

Charity and non-profit

Charityworks -  professional development days and fast-track access to the Charityworks programme for black, Asian and minority ethnic final year students and graduates

Civil Service and government 

Civil Service Early Diversity Internship Programme - 1-week paid summer internship for first year students who are black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds or from a socially or economically disadvantaged background 

Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship Programme - 6-9 week paid summer internship for students who are in the final two years of their degree and from a BAME or socially disadvantaged background

GCHQ - paid summer internships for students studying STEM degrees and languages 

House of Commons Internship Programme - paid graduate internships at the House of Commons for black, Asian and minority ethnic applicants 

Engineering 

Future Female Engineers - employability event for female undergraduates studying a STEM degree who want to develop a career in engineering 

Environment 

British Ecological Society Mentoring Group - peer mentoring groups for those who are LGBTQ+ and those with physical and mental health conditions 

Greenpeace Internships - diversity internships

Film and TV

Channel 4 Production Scheme - paid 12-month internship at an independent production company. Open to anyone but particularly aimed at those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds

MAMA Youth Project - TV and media industry training programme for underrepresented groups aged 18-25 

Pact Indie Diversity scheme - six-month graduate paid placement with an independent production company 

ScreenSkills Emerging Talent Mentoring Programme - mentoring programme for those aged 18-30 who are pursuing a career in the screen industries. Open to women, those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, who identify as LGBTQ, those with disabilities and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds 

International development 

Pathways into Development - 12-month paid graduate internship for black students who want to start a career in international development 

IT 

Brighton Digital Women - monthly meetup for women in digital 

CityView - careers event for female STEM students who work in technology within the financial services 

Codebar - free online tutorials and workshops for minority groups in tech, including women and LGBTQ+ 

Google Europe Students with Disabilities Scholarship - 7,000 euro scholarship for students studying computer science 

IT's not just for the boys - virtual employability event for women studying a STEM degree who want to work in the tech industry

Women in STEM - resources for women in science, tech, engineering and maths

Women in Tech - graduate guide for women who want to work in tech

Journalism

George Viner Memorial Fund - awards bursaries to trainee black, Asian and minority ethnic journalists

Journalism Diversity Fund - awards bursaries to trainee journalists from diverse backgrounds to help fund their NCTJ training

Scott Trust Bursary Scheme - three bursaries awarded to support those facing financial difficulties to study an MA in journalism. Awarded to those from under-represented backgrounds

Women in Journalism Mentoring Scheme - 1-year mentoring scheme for women starting their careers in journalism

Law

See also Rare and SEO London

Access to Law -  event for students with disabilities interested in a career in law 

Aspiring Solicitors - various coaching, mentoring, internship and scholarship programmes for those from underrepresented backgrounds. Register for free

Brick Court Chambers Mentoring Scheme - mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar, including women, those from minority ethnic backgrounds and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds

DiverCity in Law - event for LGBTQ+ undergrad or postgrad students who want to pursue a legal career in the City 

Explore the Law - event for students with disabilities and long-term conditions interested in law 

Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Schemescholarship and mentoring programme for male first year law students from black or black-mixed race backgrounds

Law Society - runs diversity events alongside its Law Diversity Schemes 

Law Society Diversity Access Scheme - scholarships for students and graduates from underrepresented backgrounds who want to train as a solicitor 

Pegasus Access Support Scheme - mini-pupillages, skills training and travel and accommodation bursaries for aspiring barristers from lower socio-economic backgrounds, mature students and those with disabilities 

Society for Asian Lawyers - mentoring programme for aspiring solicitors or barristers. Register as a member for free. 

Marketing and PR

Taylor Bennett Foundation - paid internships and mentoring programmes for black, Asian and minority ethnic applicants interested in PR and communications

Museums, galleries and heritage

Bold Tendencies Art Trainee Programme - immersive working and learning experience for those aged 19-27 from diverse backgrounds 

Heritage England - 8-week paid summer internships for those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to gain experience in the heritage sector 

University of Brighton Change Studentship - scholarship and mentoring programme awarded to applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds on the Curating Collections and Heritage MA

Politics 

Operation Black Vote - runs various shadowing and leadership schemes for black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates

Publishing

HarperCollins BAME Traineeship - 12-month rotational graduate traineeship

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries - 1-year paid creative fellowships for those from underrepresented socio-economic backgrounds