Shadowing a DoctorOctober 23, 2014
How to apply for an internship with the British Red Cross
All applications have to be made through the online application system. The Red Cross does not consider applications, covering letters or resumes that are mailed using the traditional mailing system.
The online system is comprehensive and has provisions for all of the necessary details that you are required to provide. Through this application you will be asked to provide your personal details and contact information and fill in a supporting statement. In addition, applicants are provided with options to upload their covering letter, CV and letter of recommendation along with any other supporting documents that may be relevant to the internship.
Speculative applications are not encouraged, nor are they considered, as there are plenty of opportunities available that can be availed of at any given time. Moreover these opportunities are available in a wide range of departments across the organisation. If you are interested in an internship, it is a good idea to browse through their website regularly to see what new internships have been posted or by signing up for email alerts informing you when a new role has been posted. This way you can monitor the upcoming vacancies and apply for an internship that is most suitable.
Number of internship opportunities you can apply for
There is no limit to the number of internships that you can apply to at any one time. The only stipulation is that you have to fill in a separate application and a separate and relevant supporting statement for each specific role.
The assessment process
The HR personnel go through all of the internship applications that they receive and shortlist the most appropriate applicants. These short-listed candidates are invited to an interview, where their competencies and skills are assessed in order to determine whether they are appropriate to that specific internship role.
Some of the areas you can volunteer in
The British Red Cross offers internship opportunities in several different departments including:
- Emergency response
- Humanitarian education
- International finance
- Youth engagement
- Human resources
- International family tracing
Where the internships are held
The Red Cross offers a vast selection of internships at their head office in Moorgate as well as in their London regional offices and other offices and centres across the UK.
Training and skills development courses that you will have access to during your internship
All British Red Cross interns get access to CV and interview skills training courses. Interns also get access to the organisation’s internal training courses, some of which lead to certifications.
Completing your internship
Upon completing your internship, you will receive a letter of reference and you will also have access to the organisation’s internal jobs list. You should know that while internships do not necessarily lead to job offers in the Red Cross they will give you the competitive edge when applying for a job elsewhere or even when applying to medical school.