Change 100 internship programme 2020

Change 100 is Leonard Cheshire’s programme of paid summer work placements, development and mentoring. It’s designed to support the career development of talented university students and recent graduates with any disability or long-term health condition, such as:

  • Physical disabilities
  • Sensory disabilities
  • Mental health conditions
  • Learning disabilities or difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD
  • Other long-term health conditions e.g. diabetes, MS


The internship

We’ve partnered with organisations who believe disability isn’t a barrier to a brilliant career and appreciate the value that talented disabled students can bring to their organisations.

Change 100 students have already made their mark with over 160 leading employers including BBC Studios, BMW, IHG, Barclays, ASOS and the National Gallery.

We are always establishing new partnerships with a broad range of prestigious organisations to offer placement opportunities. These include corporate employers of varying sizes and industries, public and third sector organisations. Your role will vary depending on the nature of the placement you are undertaking.

Mentoring and development

As well as valuable, paid experience with a prestigious employer Change 100 can offer you:

  • An inclusive recruitment process – designed to let you shine
  • Confidence in disclosing your disability
  • Support in identifying and requesting disability-related adjustments
  • A dedicated mentor at your host organisation
  • Monthly professional development sessions
  • A peer group of fellow Change 100 interns
  • Opportunities to expand your network

Application deadline

The deadline is midday on Wednesday 8 January at 10am. Any forms sent after this date will not be accepted.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact us at

There is no essential experience required but applicants must display the following personal attributes:

  • Creative problem-solver
  • Effective contributor to a team
  • Good organisational skills
  • Open to taking initiative
  • Resilient
  • Committed to self-development
  • Open to self-reflection


For further info, please read the Change 100 Student Brochure, downloadable below.

Change 100- Student Brochure – HR

How to apply

To apply please visit to fill out an application form or email for alternative formats.

If successful after the initial application stage, you will be invited to attend a half-day assessment centre between January and March.

Our assessment centres are designed to bring out the best in candidates and to ensure fairness and equality of opportunity. We will liaise with you ahead of the assessment centre to determine any adjustments that are necessary to ensure that you can perform to the best of your abilities.

To apply to Change 100, you must meet all the following criteria:

  • Have a disability or long-term health condition as defined in the Equality Act 2010
  • Be in your penultimate or final year of an undergraduate or postgraduate university degree, or have graduated in 2018 or 2019. Any degree subject accepted
  • Have achieved or be predicted a 2:1 or 1st in your undergraduate degree*
  • Be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of a summer work placement
  • Be available to attend an assessment centre in person in January or February


*If your academic performance has been affected by mitigating circumstances related to your disability or health condition, these will be taken into account. Please get in touch to discuss this.