My SME Internship: Tom, Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH)

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) is a multi-award-winning charity which works to affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and reduce discrimination experienced because of sexual orientation or gender identity.  

EACH work with us through our SME Internship Scheme to host interns to support their charity work, in roles such as Administration & Fundraising Officer, Helpline & Creative Development Assistant, and Research & Administration Officer.   

Since 2013, EACH has hosted 14 SME interns through the SME Internship Scheme.  

EACH logo“We’ve been engaging with this programme for many years and have worked with some exceptionally committed and invested students.

We like hiring University of Bristol students for many reasons: Their dynamism and fresh take on our work is welcome. Variously to date, they have brought research skills, fundraising initiative, copy creation and editing talent, and graphic or web design expertise.  

Interns provide invaluable assistance to our charity’s executive director: often working collaboratively on projects or training. 

There’s an ever-present need to maintain work around LGBT+ matters and we look forward to continued positive working with Bristol university and to welcoming its interns at EACH.”

Jonathan Charlesworth, Executive Director of EACH.  

We caught up with Tom, their current SME Internship Scheme intern: 

“I’m really proud of my work with EACH. During my time, our main focus has been on trans issues and providing guidance for schools on how to ensure trans pupils are not discriminated against directly or indirectly.  

I think this is incredibly important right now, as the environment for trans people in the UK is becoming increasingly dangerous (just the other day a right-wing, anti-trans group staged a demo on College Green). The only way to address this is through education and changing our institutions in order to pave the way to a more inclusive and safer future.

– Tom, current EACH intern 

Want to be an SME Internship intern?

The SME Internship Scheme will reopen in the Autumn for the new academic year. Keep an eye on our website for more information, and how to participate.  

Check out more blogs in our “My SME internship” series for inspiration.

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