Time to Shine is an internship programme established by The Rank Foundation and is currently in its seventh year of operation. It has evolved in alignment with The Rank Foundation’s mission as it sits firmly within the Foundation’s ‘investing in people and organisations’ principle.
To date, 120 charities have benefited from a Time to Shine internship – typically UK youth and community care organisations. It was set up following discussions in 2008 about the impact of the impending recession on charities that The Rank Foundation supports and on young people setting out on their chosen career path. Following an extensive pilot project, based on a volunteering scheme, the Time to Shine Internship Programme was created in 2011.
What’s The Point?
Its purpose is twofold: to address organisational development gaps within the charity, and to enable a person with the right skills mix, talent and work ethic to experience a 12 month Living Wage paid position in a meaningful work role.
The programme aims to bring about sustainable improvements to the charity’s performance, boost employment prospects and build interest in career opportunities in the social sector.
How does it work?
Each year charities are invited to apply, outlining a priority organisational development gap and what difference an intern would make in addressing this need. Charities are shortlisted and then the charity identifies an individual with the skills and talent to carry out the internship. An interview that includes Rank, the line manager and the intern takes place in order to ensure that the organisation is clear about the role of the intern and that support structures are in place.
At the start of the programme the line manager and intern are both invited to a launch conference. This is an important activity as it provides the opportunity to share information on Time to Shine, and offers a chance for interns and line managers to meet and create new support networks.
Each internship is designed specifically around the needs of the charity. The internship does not replace a core function but often offers the opportunity to test new areas of work that may lead to a permanent post or new system (not funded by Rank).
What Does The Intern Do?
This year there are 44 interns in 44 different organisations within the Rank network. The charities and social enterprises address many significant and deep-seated problems in society such as bullying among young people, knife crime, food poverty, loneliness among older people and rural isolation. These organisations face different challenges externally but share similar organisational needs internally such as marketing, PR, fundraising, research, social media and I.T. systems. The Time to Shine interns are specifically recruited on merit of their skills set and work ethic, to address these business needs and, over the 12 month period, to improve the host charities capacity to deliver services in the longer term.
Meet some of our current Time to Shine interns …
I decided to apply for an internship because I had just finished my MSc in International Development at the University of Birmingham and was a little apprehensive about entering the world of work, but knew I wanted to enter the Third Sector.
The London Irish Centre provides care, culture and community to the Irish in London. We support the most vulnerable members of our community through crisis assistance, befriending service, provision of small crisis grants, assisting people to return to Ireland etc. My internship is specifically about income generation and ensuring the charity can continue to fund the good work they do in the community. I am organising the Friends Scheme and ensuring the London Irish Centre charity has a sustainable future by doing this.
I would like to eventually run my own charity. I am specifically interested in the 4th Sustainable Development Goal “equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” in a developing country.
I enjoy singing in my local Gospel choir and spending time with my big family. I take pleasure in traveling when I can and experiencing different cultures. I also volunteer at a Local scope charity and help at a community tea tent one a month.
I had already had a lot of experience of working at the Blackpool Carers Centre from volunteering and working a few days a week when I was at college. During this time I handled a lot of data and therefore when the opportunity for the post came up it seemed like a good fit for both me and the organisation.
My internship revolves around bringing everything at BCC up to standard for the upcoming GDPR laws. BCC itself helps unpaid carers in and around Blackpool: this is done by aiding the carers with their care responsibilities and also providing them with respite so as to have a break from the hardships that caring may bring to them.
Outside of work I like to spend as much time as I can with friends, usually playing games as many have moved to different towns or cities to go to university.
Having just returned from the Middle East and finding myself starting again I knew I wanted to re-explore the third sector and broaden my skills. I have always identified with Amina MWRC’s aim and wanted to gain leadership skills that would help to further my career.
Amina MWRC are committed to empowering, supporting and inspiring Muslim and BME women to achieve their potentials and to actively participate in society. Like many third sector organisations they rely heavily on funders and donations and I am thrilled to work with them to raise vital funds to ensure their continuation and resilience.
Thanks to Time to Shine, 2018 has been declared the year of Sarah Todd in my office. My passions are preventing violence against women and girls, racial equality and education, by 2028 I aspire to have positively impacted the lives of women and girls in my networks, communities and the wider world through establishing an NGO.
I am an avid reader of non–fiction books and documentaries and enjoy learning about others’ perspectives and points of view. As an intersectional feminist and activist I enjoy getting involved with local movements and helping to create a climate of change. In my “spare time” I am most commonly found chasing my high spirited toddler around at Rugby tots.
When I applied for the role as volunteer coordinator with Rooted, I hadn’t realised that it was part of the Time to Shine scheme and didn’t really know much about it until further down the recruitment process. It ended up being a hidden blessing, and the opportunities for training and development have made the role incredibly valuable to my future career.
Rooted in Hull is an ambitious community farm which has set its site on being a hub for social enterprise as well as a space for local charities and businesses to connect and collaborate with one another. The main focus is to reconnect people with food, be it growing their own or learning about healthier, more economical choices when buying food that will have a positive impact on the wider community.
I’m really enjoying the project management aspect of this role. The sporadic nature of running between different tasks that all need sorting simultaneously is often stressful and scary, but the reward of that is never being bored. I’m always moving, always doing something, and that’s what I need in a role to get the best out of myself. I’ll probably end up in something in environmental project management. Rooted’s eco-credentials give a wonderfully moral foundation to the organisation, and I want to take that forward..
I’m an avid football fan and have a season pass at the KC (Hull City); I play the occasional gig in the city, usually pubs and bars; I game a lot and burn through Netflix watching sci-fi series; and the rest of my time is devoted to looking after the dog, Nuka, who is a six-year-old staffie. He’s an idiot.