graduate scheme

Graduate Trainee Programme - Europe

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

If you are seeking a stimulating and varied career where you can make a difference this is the graduate training programme you are looking for.

CASE partners with world class universities and not-for-profit organisations to offer a unique graduate training programme in fundraising. You will have the opportunity to launch your career at an organisation using the power of philanthropy to; help scientists find cures for major diseases; fund researchers developing solutions to poverty, inequality and environmental issues; and offer access to a university education to transform lives. As a fundraiser and part of a great development team, you will be working with academics, university staff and donors to achieve these goals, and more.

The CASE Graduate Trainee Programme

Graduate trainees will work within each area of a fundraising office - gaining experience and developing skills in donor relations, prospect management, annual and regular giving, fundraising campaigns, major gifts, events and partnerships. Candidates will be fully immersed in the world of fundraising, project management and donor support within one of our partner organisations. You will be placed at institutions such as: Imperial College London, UCL, University of Bristol, London School of Economics, Cardiff University, King’s College London.

The breadth of the experience provides graduates with a fully rounded view of fundraising and the role it plays in supporting the institutions. For those looking for a career in fundraising, the CASE Graduate Trainee Programme is a great opportunity.

This is a fixed term contract. You will be employed by a host institution and partake in a hands-on training programme which will give you the opportunity to experience the full range of functions. You will learn the skills and knowledge to cultivate and manage philanthropic relationships as well as implement strategies to secure support. You will also work with external organisations, potential donors and develop an understanding of your organisation’s strategic goals and priorities.

You will be applying to the programme as a whole and we recommend that you are flexible about the location that you work in, however you will have the opportunity to state a preference which we will do our best to follow. The programme starts on 30 August 2022 with a week-long induction training event. Working on site at one of our partner university campuses or organisations, you will have support from both the host institution and CASE Europe who are managing the programme and provide formal training throughout the programme.

CASE’s commitment to diversity

CASE is committed to growing the diversity of the advancement profession. We aspire to help institutions connect with their diverse constituencies and create pathways for current and future employees of diverse backgrounds.

At CASE, we define diversity as being inclusive of people of different ethnicities, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and ability levels.

What we are looking for

CASE Europe is looking for highly motivated graduates to participate in this successful programme to develop the fundraisers of the future.

  • Are you a recent graduate or about to graduate?
  • Do you have an interest in fundraising, volunteering, communications or event management?
  • Are you passionate about education?
  • Are you looking for a meaningful career where you can make a difference?
  • Do you believe in the power of education to change lives for the better?
  • Are you good at working with people and building relationships?

You will be about to graduate or a recent graduate who has the ability to build relationships, is creative and has good communication and listening abilities with great organisational skills. You can demonstrate a keen interest in developing a professional career in fundraising. You can adapt to a variety of situations, have the perseverance to pursue goals and work collaboratively in a team. You must also be flexible to respond to the needs of a dynamic work environment and have excellent IT skills in Word, PowerPoint and Excel in order to effectively progress through this programme. Previous experience of fundraising activities is desirable but not essential.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

South West England

(£20,000 outside London) depending on the Institutions own pay and grading structure

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term

Start Date 30 August 2022


How to apply

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Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment day in March 2022.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 28 February 2022

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Closing date:  28 February 2022

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