Interns 2018


Make history come alive - become a CWGC Intern.

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Applications are now open for the 2019 CWGC Interns programme – an amazing opportunity for 24 students, aged 18 and over, to work with the Commission at either Thiepval in France or Tyne Cot in Belgium in this exciting public facing role.

Our interns make a real difference to the people who visit some of our most iconic sites in France and Belgium – helping to capture and share the stories of the men and women we commemorate, while informing and engaging the public in the ongoing work of the CWGC.

Acting as our ambassadors on the ground, you will help visitors to understand the significance and history of our cemeteries and memorials, from the perspective of people the same age as many of the war dead. In so doing, you will have an enjoyable and moving experience and develop a set of life skills that will stand you in good stead for years to come.

We are looking for 24 interns to work with us in 2019. There is a selection day in Maidenhead on 12 February, and those successful will be required to be available to work with us in France or Belgium either from April to August, or from July to November. Working in groups of 6, our interns are based in Arras or Ieper. We also offer a social programme of visits and experiences to complement the role, including visits to local museums and exhibitions.

The CWGC Intern programme is supported by the CWGC's charitable arm – the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF). Joining the CWGF helps to support our public outreach programmes and keep the stories of those we commemorate alive.

Terms and conditions:

  • Our interns work a maximum 35-hour week and receive the equivalent of the UK minimum wage
  • Please download the form for more information
  • The CWGC Interns programme is open to applicants (excluding employees of the CWGC & their families) who are about to, or have recently, completed a degree or further education course
  • Transport and accommodation will be provided
  • Applicants must be able to speak English to mother-tongue standard and have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Completed registration forms must be received by midnight on Tuesday 15 January
  • Some French language skills would be beneficial but are not essential
  • Registrants will be contacted for the next phase of the process on 18 January 2019
  • Assessments for short-listed applicants will be carried out in Maidenhead on 12 February 2019

CWGC talks and tours

The interns will lead tours at a number of iconic CWGC sites – including Tyne Cot and Bedford House cemeteries near Ieper in Belgium, and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in France.

To learn more about what our interns do and their experiences, see the items below.

Meet the CWGC Centenary Interns

The first wave of interns to join the CWGC’s centenary programme have been in post at some of the Commission’s most well-known sites since the beginning of June. This week, they joined commemorations at the CWGC Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial marking the 90th anniversary of its unveiling, and have been delivering presentations about the monument at the Ieper Visitor Information Centre.

First wave of CWGC interns share their experience

From helping visitors at some of the Commission’s most well-known sites to meeting the royal family at commemorations marking the Centenary of Passchendaele, the first wave of interns to join the CWGC’s centenary programme share their experience as their three-month stint with the Commission comes to an end.

CWGC intern marks 100th anniversary of her great great great uncle's death

The second wave of CWGC interns are now in post at the Commission’s Tyne Cot Cemetery and Thiepval Memorial. Emily Robins, from Dorset, is one of the six based in France. This week, she travelled to Belgium to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of her great great great uncle, Captain Alfred Charles Bratt, who is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery.

CWGC intern Stewart Murphy shares his experience

From helping visitors at some of the Commission's most well-known sites to joining national commemorations including the RBL Festival of Remembrance on 11 November, the second of wave CWGC interns' stint with the Commission will be coming to an end this month. Stewart Murphy is one of six who have been based in France. Here he shares how the internship has helped him research his family history.