Responsible to:

Fundraising Volunteer Coordinator


Office-based (Selly Park) with travel around Birmingham and Sandwell

Duration of Internship:

We ask for a commitment of 5 months – June-October (inclusive)

Hours / days:

2-3 days per week (Preferably Monday, Thursday and Friday) with some work in the evenings and at weekends.


This internship provides a fantastic opportunity for those wishing to move into the fundraising sector as a career and/or for those wanting to develop volunteer management skills.

You’ll be an integral part of our fundraising and marketing team, project-managing our largest volunteer-led event: the Big Brum Bucket Collection, which takes place on 29th – 30th September. This established 2-day collection event takes place annually across Birmingham and Sandwell, comprising multiple volunteer collection teams – located in supermarkets, train stations, on local high streets etc. - all united with the shared goal of raising money for local families living with terminal illness.

Your role: 

  • Reporting to and working with the Fundraising Volunteer Coordinator to plan and implement the Big Brum Bucket Collection across Birmingham and Sandwell
  • Recruiting, interviewing and training other interns and volunteers
  • Supporting 2-3 home-based Area Leader Interns to develop collection teams in their patch and maximise their fundraising activity
  • Encouraging – via email, phone, face-to-face, presentations - community groups, faith groups, universities and businesses to sign-up to the Big Brum Bucket Collection
  • Promoting the Big Brum Bucket Collection in Birmingham and Sandwell by writing press releases, planning social media activity and liaising with local media
  • Administrative tasks such as organising collection rotas, updating our supporter database and thanking people after the event
  • Supervising the 2-day collection, inspiring and motivating interns and volunteers
  • Supporting the wider fundraising team at key events

 What knowledge, skills and attributes do I need for this role?

  • Knowledge of MS Office – especially Word and Excel
  • Strong organisational skills with an ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire and motivate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Respectful of diversity
  • Past experience in fundraising is desirable
  • Presentation and sales skills are desirable
  • Knowledge about the geography of the Birmingham and/or Sandwell area - desirable  

What will I gain from this role?

  • Experience of working in a diverse and experienced fundraising and marketing team
  • Valuable fundraising experience
  • Volunteer management skills
  • Relationship management skills
  • Project and time management skills
  • PR and marketing skills
  • IT and admin skills
  • Comprehensive induction, training, and personal development/career support
  • The feel good factor – knowing that you are making a difference in your local community
  • Lunch and travel expenses

Closing Date for applications: Tuesday 9th May 2017

Interview date: TBC  

Start date: Monday 5th June 2017

For more information, please contact: Maria Goodwin – Fundraising Volunteer Coordinator

[email protected] or call 0121 472 1191

If wish to be considered for this role, please download and complete the volunteer application form, by clicking on the link below. 

Application Form

Please return all completed forms to: [email protected]

Alternatively, you can post your application form to Maria Goodwin, Community Fundraising Manager, Birmingham St Mary's Hospice, 176 Raddlebarn Road, Birmingham, b29 7DA

The role description and person specification are also available by clicking on the link below:

Community Fundraising Intern Role Description

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The Hospice is committed to developing a dynamic and diverse workforce, representative of the communities it serves. We ask you, therefore, to complete the Equal Opportunities monitoring form to help us in this aim.