West of England Black Interns Pilot


The West of England Black Interns Pilot aims to offer up to 50 paid internships to Black students living or studying in the region for 4 weeks in September 2021.

Inspired by the #10000BlackInterns initiative, the West of England Black Interns Pilot will help transform the horizons and prospects of Black students, living or studying in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire by offering paid work experience across a range of sectors in the region, supplemented by training and development.


The #10000BlackInterns programme was co-founded by Dawid Konotey-Ahulu (a co-founder of Redington Limited and Mallowstreet), Jonathan Sorrell (President of Capstone Investment Advisors), Michael Barrington-Hibbert (founder of Barrington-Hibbert Associates) and Wol Kolade (Managing Partner of Livingbridge), the group which founded #100BlackInterns in August 2020. The initiative has been designed to help transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the United Kingdom by offering paid work experience, providing training and development opportunities and creating a sustainable cycle of mentorship and sponsorship for the Black community.

In the South West, the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees and the CEO of Hargreaves Lansdown, Chris Hill, have been inspired by the ambition and the simplicity of the #10000BlackInterns initiative. In order to maximise the impact on young people in the region at a time when unemployment is rising, Hargreaves Lansdown are launching the West of England Black Interns Pilot with the support of the Bristol City Council.

This initiative is a cross sector internship programme, offering Black students living or studying in the region the opportunity to gain valuable work experience within an organisation.


Here’s some more information about the West of England Black Interns Pilot and why you should get involved. We will be uploading more videos over the next few weeks so keep a look out.

You can hear from Councillor Craig about what Bristol are trying to achieve as a city and how this initiative supports that work. You’ll also hear more about what the initiative is, how you can get involved and Rasheed’s experience of being an intern and why he believes internship programmes are so beneficial.

Key information about the West of England Black Interns Pilot

  • When will the West of England Black Interns Pilot commence?

    The 4 week paid internship will run from 6 September 2021 – 1 October 2021. The intention is to repeat the programme for the next 5 years.

  • How do organisations get involved?

    If you are a company or organisation based in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire then you can pledge to take on one or more interns up to a maximum of 5 interns per organisation for 4 weeks in September 2021 by emailing us at WestEngInterns@hl.co.uk. The deadline for signing up is 12 March 2021.

  • How does the programme work?

    The West of England Pilot will offer paid work experience across a wide range of sectors each year, providing critical training and development opportunities. Our aim is to have Organisations across different sectors join together and provide up to 50 internships for 2021. This programme will evolve over the next 5 years.

  • How will the programme's activities be coordinated?

    This programme is being coordinated by Hargreaves Lansdown and a Steering Group with members across The Mayor’s Office, Bristol City Council, and Universities in the Region.

    Hargreaves Lansdown and the Steering Group will be responsible for, amongst other things, encouraging firms’ participation, advertising the opportunity, running initial sifts of applications and running basic competency assessments. Organisations will be responsible for coordinating their own organisation specific recruitment process for the final stage of assessment.

  • How will candidates be sourced and selected?

    Hargreaves Lansdown and the Steering Group will promote the initiative through Universities based in the Region. Candidates will apply to the West of England Black Interns Pilot by sending a CV and Cover Letter to WestEngInterns@hl.co.uk.

    Hargreaves Lansdown will ensure candidates meet the programme and basic competency criteria (teamwork, communication, willingness to learn and resilience).

    The working group will then distribute applications amongst participating organisations who will then run their own assessment process for the final stage of recruitment based on their preferred processes and criteria. They will then select at least one applicant for an internship.

  • Will internships be paid?

    Yes. At a minimum, interns must be paid the Real Living Wage for the region.

  • Is there a requirement to offer a fulltime job to the intern(s) at the end of the internship?

    No. The aim of the program is simply to provide a life-changing experience in the workplace by broadening horizons and ambition. If an internship were to lead to a permanent role, that would be a fantastic outcome but is not a requirement.

    The West of England Black Interns Pilot working group will work with Universities based in the region to attract Black students to apply to participate in the program.

  • What happens to the data and information provided during the application process?

    Any personal information you provide will first be used by HL to ensure that you meet the programme criteria and basic competency requirements. This will take place via reviews of CVs and remote interviews. Personal data processed by HL will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Notice which you can view here.

    If successful during the initial stage of the recruitment process, your CV and Cover Letter will be shared with a third party organisation within your chosen sector for them to run their final assessment stage. Any personal data provided to third party organisations providing internships will be handled in accordance with their Privacy Notices and data protection obligations.

    If you have any questions or concerns about the processing of your personal data please do not hesitate to contact us at WestEngInterns@hl.co.uk.

  • What is the programme criteria?

    You’ll need to:

    • Be a black student living or studying in the region; or
    • Have graduated from University within the last 12 months
    • Be available to work full-time from 6 September to 1 October
  • Why should I get involved and apply for the internship?

    You’ll have the opportunity to get ahead by taking a 4 week paid internship where you’ll:

    • Work with some of the leading businesses in the West of England
    • Gain valuable work experience
    • Have training and development opportunities
    • Explore a sector you’re interested in
    • Start building your network and gaining key industry contacts
  • How do I apply for an internship?

    Applications are open now and the application submission deadline is 30 April 2021.

    You will be required to submit your CV (no more than 2 pages) and a Cover Letter (no more than 300 words). Your Cover Letter will need to include information about:

    • The types of sectors and roles you are interested in and why. Please try to be open minded and include a number of different options as this will help us match prospective candidates to opportunities, where possible. Take a look at the organisations that have signed up to participate so far as this may help you tailor your response. For example: ‘I am interested in roles in Marketing, PR, Advertising and HR because…’
    • A declaration that you meet the programme criteria
    • Your cover letter should explain why you are interested in this internship programme and what you are looking to achieve from it.

  • What are the stages of the recruitment process?
    • Send in your CV and Cover Letter to WestEngInterns@hl.co.uk by 16 April 2021.
    • Successful Candidates will be invited to complete a basic competency assessment. This stage will include answering written competency questions which you will be sent.
    • If you are successful in reaching the final stage of the assessment process, this will be run by the third-party organisation offering the internship. We will try to match opportunities with role preferences where possible, but this is not guaranteed, and you are encouraged to be open-minded. You’ll receive more information from the organisation directly about this stage of the process and what you need to do.
  • What happens next?

    You can send your application in now to WestEngInterns@hl.co.uk. Please make sure you submit your application before 30 April. We will be sharing further information about the programme here and on our social media over the next few weeks so please keep checking for updates.

  • What support is there to help me with the application process?

    We’re keen to support applicants as much as possible through the recruitment process and with preparing for your internship. To do this, we will be running various webinars and workshops over the next few months. Keep a look out here to see what is coming up.

  • What happens if I don’t get an internship that matches my role preference?

    Where possible, we will try to match interns with an organisation which meets their preferences, however, this might not be possible for every intern.

    If we are unable to match you with one of your role preferences, you will still have the opportunity to gain great knowledge and understanding of a new role within a new sector, start building your external network and work for a market leading organisation which will help you get ahead and stand out.

    An internship in any organisation will enable you to utilise the transferable skills you have gained from your University Degree which you’ll be able to apply to lots of different roles and organisations. During these 4 weeks you’ll develop transferable skills which you can utilise during your University Degree and as you start your career.

  • Which organisations are signed up to be involved?
    • Avon and Somerset Police
    • Bishop Fleming
    • Bristol & Bath Regional Capital (BBRC)
    • Bristol City Council
    • Bristol Magistrates Court & Tribunal Hearing Centre (HMCTS)
    • Burges Salmon
    • Business West
    • City of Bristol College
    • Diocese of Bristol
    • Ghyston
    • Hargeaves Lansdown
    • Jacobs
    • NHS Bristol
    • PeopleScout
    • Plimsoll Productions
    • South Gloucestershire Council
    • The Ambitious Consultancy
    • UWE
    • West of England Sport Trust

    Potential roles available as part of the internship include marketing, finance, HR, film making, operational, digital marketing and communications plus many more.

Have a question?

Email us at WestEngInterns@hl.co.uk

Our partners

We're launching the West of England Black Interns Pilot with Bristol City Council and Bristol One City.

Applications to get involved for September 2021 are now closed. If you are interested in getting involved in September 2022 please register your interest by emailing WestEngInterns@hl.co.uk

Offer an internship

By registering, you agree that your company or organisation will commit to offer at least one internship to Black candidates starting in September 2021.

If you'd like to register your firm’s interest in the programme please make sure you have decision-making authority to hire, or have relevant internal approval.

Please email WestEngInterns@hl.co.uk to register to offer an internship.

Apply for an internship

If you'd like to receive information on how to register your interest please email us at WestEngInterns@hl.co.uk.