Paid Internship Opportunities - Policy, Projects, and Research Interns

Opportunities for 2 paid Internships at the CBF. This is an exciting opportunity, ideal for recent graduates wishing to gain experience within a small national charity with a reputation for excellence.


Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours, Monday to Friday)  

Salary: Real Living Wage (Currently £12.00ph – £23,400 FTE) 

Length of Post: 1-year fixed term contract  

Location: The Challenging Behaviour Foundation office, Chatham, Kent (5 min walk from train station). 

About us: The Challenging Behaviour Foundation is a leading learning disability charity. We are the only UK charity focussed on people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges and their families. 

About the roles: 

  • We are recruiting two interns to join our team this year. 
  • Interns play a crucial role in shaping positive change on behalf of people with severe learning disabilities and their families at the CBF.  
  • CBF internships offer an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in working collaboratively with stakeholders across health, education and social care and the charity sector.  
  • Ideal candidates will have a passion for addressing inequalities and possess strong communication and organisational skills.   

Benefits: Our internship scheme has been running for over a decade and is structured to provide valuable experience and networking opportunities with experts in the field whilst receiving a salary. We offer guidance from experienced managers and operate a flexible working hours policy and have a culture that promotes excellent work life balance.  

This is an excellent stepping stone into a career within the learning disability field and/or the voluntary or public sector. Previous CBF interns have gone on to: 

  • Senior Policy and Communications roles in the voluntary and public sector 
  • Research Associate roles after completing postdoctoral studies 
  • Practitioner roles such as: social work, learning disability and mental health nursing and special needs teaching 

To apply: To apply for the role, please email with the subject ‘Internship Application’. You should include your CV and a covering letter (maximum of two A4 sides) explaining why you are applying, how you meet the criteria in the person specification, and what in particular you would bring to our charity. Please also complete and return the Equal opportunities form (this will be removed before shortlisting). 

Please state in the covering letter if you are applying for both roles or you only wish to be considered for one of the internship roles (stating which one).    

The role description and person specification are available to download here:  

Policy and Projects Internship Job Description

Policy and Projects Internship Person Specification

Policy and Research Internship Job Description

Policy and Research Internship Person Specification

Equal Opportunities Form

Equal Opportunities Statement

These posts are based at the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) office in Chatham. There are good transport links, and we are within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations. 

Closing Date for applications:  9am Monday 1st July*.  

*Applications will be shortlisted, and interviews held on a rolling basis. Please apply early to avoid disappointment. 

 Start Date:2nd September 2024 

We politely request no contact from recruitment agencies or media sales. 

 Additional information: 

This role requires a Basic Disclosure Check  

This role requires proof of the right to work in the UK. This role is NOT open to applications from those who require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn. 




The Challenging Behaviour Foundation is a forward-thinking national charity (based in Kent) that makes a difference to people’s lives and has a reputation for driving change at an individual, local and national level. Read details about the latest vacancies at the CBF here.

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Our position statement

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A brief introduction to how the CBF provides help for people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges, with useful links to other parts of the website.