About Us


Are you interested in developing your skills and gaining work experience to help you in your future career? Our internship opportunities provide a fantastic opportunity to sample the life and culture of a not-for-profit organization specializing in leadership development.

We welcome expressions of interest from students, graduates and career professionals from all backgrounds to join diverse teams across our organization.

We're particularly interested in people that think outside the box, enjoy solving problems and really want to create an impact on others through our varied work.

We have opportunities available on an ongoing basis for varied lengths of time throughout the year. You can express your interest any time via our online form below.

What’s in it for you?

Gain work experience

Gain work experience

The internship with Common Purpose will give you valuable work experience in one of the leading non-for profits in the leadership space! You will work in a specific team which means you can elevate your career in that particular field.

Learn new skills

Learn new skills

In addition to specific skillset in a particular field, there are many skills that are transferable to other environments such as communication, teamwork, and computer proficiency – all to be gained in our internship. This could help you prepare for your next career move.


Build your networks

In today’s world, we know it is all about people you know! As an intern, you will be surrounded by professionals colleagues in the industry as well as external stakeholders. This will provide you with the opportunity to connect with more people, building relationships and to learn from more experienced professionals about the world of work. These people could be your potential colleagues or employers, that you found through your internship.

Access to Training and Development Opportunities

Access to our training and development opportunities

When training and development occurs throughout your internship with us, you can join as many sessions as you want! This could elevate and enhance your current skillset and build on your existing knowledge.

What could you be doing?

You will be placed within a specific team to support their team based activities, whether that be through opportunities to work on specific projects, tasks and / or shadowing someone as they perform their daily responsibilities.


  • We are looking for someone who is dedicated and hardworking and excited to work as part of a wider team where they will develop and learn key skills in an area that they are passionate about
  • Commit to working with Common Purpose for a minimum of three months

Teams you could work with:

  • Programme Delivery: Our Programme Delivery team manages and delivers Common Purpose’s in-person and online leadership programmes all around the world for multiple generations of leaders from students in universities to senior leaders in organizations and society
  • Business/Partnerships development: Our Business/Partnerships development team is responsible for scaling the business across the globe by growing new partnerships
  • Brand, Communications & Product: Our Brand, Communications & Product team are responsible for product development, marketing strategy and amongst other parts of the marketing mix oversees our branding, advertising and promotional campaigns
  • Finance: Our finance team supports all financial aspects related to teams and the business as a whole
  • People: Our People team support with HR enquiries and policies, people development and work to create and promote a positive and supportive working culture
  • Operations: Our Operations team is responsible for supporting the smooth running of the organization through the development of organizational policies and procedures

Express your interest

We are a flexible working employer. We are also committed to creating an inclusive culture, where every Common Purpose staff member feels valued and has a sense of belonging and achievement, so that regardless of their background people can work to their full potential. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds and cultures. If you need any accommodations made to support your expression of interest, please contact the People team who will support you.

All our internships are paid based on the location of the internship (opportunities are available in the UK, US, Australia, India, Singapore, Ireland and Hong Kong).

No previous experience of working in the charity sector is needed, but specific skills requirements for each team will be taken into account in the selection process.

We make an effort to respond to all candidates however due to a large amount of applications this may not always be possible. If you have not heard back within 14 days, it means that we do not have any suitable internship positions available at this time.