Six-month internship opportunity at Women Ahead


Dynamic start-up social enterprise Women Ahead ( is looking for a highly motivated intern to join its small team as a Programme Officer for an initial six-month period, after which a full-time role may be available. This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about making a difference and who has an strong interest in the development of women in business and sport.


What does Women Ahead do?

Women Ahead (WA) is a start-up company working to support the development of women in sport and business. It does this through a range of activities including mentoring across both sectors, forming key collaborations with other organisations in the women in sport and leadership space, organising inspirational speaker events, conducting research, influencing the reach and scale of commercial investment into women’s sport and pushing the whole women in leadership agenda. 


How can you expect to spend your day?

As WA is very much in its start-up phase you can expect every day to be different! From supporting on the running of events and activities relating to the mentoring programmes, to helping develop the organisation’s social media presence, contributing to the development of the company’s longer-term strategy and helping implement new processes and procedures that will improve its efficiency longer term, you will be playing an active role in a small, hard-working and enthusiastic team. Whilst some tasks will be administrative, others will require a creative mind and a level of strategic vision.


What skills can you expect to gain?

You can expect to gain a broad range of skills around the following areas: organisation and event management; strategic thinking; problem solving; developing social media to build a brand; relationship management; and networking. You can also expect to build a strong level of knowledge around the issue of women in leadership, of mentoring and coaching as a tool for developing individuals and around the whole area of women in sport.


What time of person are we looking for? 

You will have a 2:1 degree or above. You will have a passion for the work of Women Ahead and all that it is trying to achieve. Ideally, you will have a strong personal interest in either sport or the areas of leadership development and coaching. You will have experience of working as part of a team and be willing to muck in with all of us as we work together to deliver a busy programme of activity, whilst also putting in place the foundations from which to build a successful organisation longer term.


What are the perks of interning at this company?

Although a young organisation, WA has very rapidly built itself an incredibly powerful network of corporate, sporting, Government and other partners. Amongst these are CEO’s of global businesses, Olympic Gold medallists, senior MPs and partnerships with high-profile initiatives such as the 30% Club, which is having a huge impact in the women in leadership space. As a member of the team, you will have regular opportunities to engage with partners, building your own networks whilst also learning from incredibly inspiring role models. Working in a start-up will also mean that you get to do a bit of everything, which has the potentially to be an incredibly rewarding experience and one from which you could develop an enormous amount of new skills and experience. The opportunity to be trained by world-class experts in how to design, manage and implement mentoring programmes will exist, along with the potential of a full-time role with the organisation.


Women Ahead is based in Wargrave near Henley-on-Thames. Some travel will be required into London. Although no salary is available, travel and lunch expenses will be covered.

To apply for this role, please email Sarah Connor at outlining your interest in the role and including a copy of your CV. Closing date for applications: Friday 20th Feb.

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