We invest heavily in our Fellows' development – both professional and personal – to help them have a strong social impact with their projects and ventures.
Here are some of the reasons you should lodge an application:
LEARN FAST IN THE REAL WORLD
Social leadership isn’t easy, it takes guts, heart and brains. There is so much to learn, from the tools of business to social design methods, and it all starts here. Our faculty of over 60 experts will train you to create positive solutions for social problems. “University was challenging but Year Here stretched muscles I didn't even know I had. My worldview has opened up.” Indie Shergill, 2013 Fellow.
HAVE A TANGIBLE IMPACT
Serving at the frontline of Britain’s social service means working with people who face the toughest barriers and need the most support. From the get go, you'll design and deliver a frontline innovation project with a real legacy. “Despite being early on in my career path, Year Here gave me the chance to make a difference to the lives of the people in my placement.” Shoaib Mastan, 2013 Fellow.
DEVELOP INSIGHT & LEGITIMACY
Year Here is grounded in ordinary people’s daily realities, giving you insight and a legitimacy that many of today’s leaders lack. You'll write about the experiences of the people you work with in our Writing for Social Change unit. “For me, it wasn’t about another think tank internship. I wanted to do something in the real world. If I ever become a leader, I want to know what I’m talking about”, Louise Ellaway, 2013 Fellow
BUILD A POWERFUL NETWORK
All 12 of our 2013 Fellows Agree or Strongly Agree that their professional network is bigger and more useful. We assign you a top mentor, from senior policy advisors through to social entrepreneurs and other industry leaders. “It’s amazing to be able to call Sophie Howarth – a woman who has set up award-winning social enterprises and advised the Prime Minister on community development – a friend.” Michael Simpson, 2013 Fellow.
MAKE SERIOUS CAREER PROGRESS
Your career matters. It’s your vehicle for social impact. We'll help you choose your path beyond the programme, helping you develop a portfolio of creative projects and giving you career guidance. “Year Here is like a ticket to a great career in this sector – more so than any other masters or internship, I think. It's because of all that I learned and everyone that I met, in such a short space of time, that I am where I am now.” Vanessa Lefton, 2013 Fellow
COME ALIVE WITH POSSIBILITY
Year Here will help you realise that you are capable of moulding society in a myriad of creative and entrepreneurial ways. For example, you'll get the chance to build your own social business, piloting and securing investment for growth. “I can see now that the possibilities really are endless. And I’ve graduated with the confidence to pursue audacious goals for social change.” Nadia Daghistani, 2013 Fellow.