Volunteering and internships
Volunteers are a hugely important part of At-Bristol. There are a number of ways you can get involved:
As a charity, we rely on our supporters to help us achieve our aims.
Here is your chance to join us and help us to bring science to life.
There are lots of ways you can get involved, and you don’t necessarily need specialised skills or a science background.
Whatever your particular talents, we want to hear from you.
Who can volunteer?
Most of our volunteers will be over the age of 18.
We ask for a regular commitment of at least 8 hours per month, and because we want you to get the most from your training and experience, arrangements of 6 months or more are preferred.
All volunteers are required to have a background check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- A thorough induction
- An identified member of staff as key contact
- Ongoing support and supervision
- Help with your travel costs
Please note: we are currently not accepting any new volunteer applications; however if you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with At-Bristol please feel free to contact the Volunteering Team on 0117 915 7122
Want to gain some valuable work experience?
We offer a variety of unpaid internships. Our internships run for 3 month periods and are between 1 and 3 days a week.
“My internship with At-Bristol gave me the opportunity to be responsible for specific projects that make a positive impact to At-Bristol - which is great experience to have on a CV! I was treated like a valued member of the team and was involved in all aspects of my department's work. Overall I gained and developed invaluable transferable skills, from taking part in my intern placement within At-Bristol" - Elena Furness, Marketing Intern
"The Learning team has been so supportive and friendly throughout the internship. Everyone made me feel part of the At-Bristol family and really valued the work that I put in, be it in a big project or the other little bits and pieces that I’ve helped out with during my time here" - Sam Hadfield, Learning Intern
74 of the FTSE 100 companies are supporting corporate volunteering!
"Being a sheep for the day has been the most entertaining day at work we've had." Rebekah Formosa DTZ
What is corporate volunteering?
Corporate volunteering is when a company offers their staff’s time towards a good cause in a spirit of partnership, for mutual gain.
Why get involved?
- Innovative and refreshing staff development opportunity
- Increased staff motivation and retention
- Improved cross-departmental working
- Bringing real benefits to a local charity
- Adding to your corporate social responsibility profile
Please note there may be a small charge for training and admin purposes and depending on the activity.
Rockpool Digital came to help out with our Toddler Takeover days
‘When I first arrived to volunteer for At-Bristol I was really taken aback with all of the exciting facilities available to everyone and a little surprised that it wasn't solely targeted at children. The volunteering was so much fun, everyone got stuck in straight away and enjoyed helping toddlers get messy mixing paints and sticking together the most colourful jellyfish they could muster. I had tremendous feedback from many of the parents while I worked there too. On behalf of all at Rockpool, thank you for letting us volunteer with you and providing us with a wonderful day out team-building and a fun opportunity to help out our local community’. Laura Poole - Web Designer & CSR team member at Rockpool Digital
As part of their Hearts in Action programme AXA staff raised over £500 for our green roof and 20 staff came in to help us plant the sedum.
“The Challenge with At Bristol was well received by the employees who took part and was one of the best challenges we have completed. We were glad to be able to spend the day adding significant value to the charity by creating the green living space for their future use and we look forward to returning in a year or two to see the end result!”
Jo Westcott - AXA
Find out more about corporate volunteering
To find out more about corporate volunteering, please email volunteering
If you are a group and want to get involved please email us
7 Occupational Therapy students from UWE helped with face painting over February half term 2011.
'I am writing to let you how much we enjoyed face-painting with At-Bristol. It was great that we able to practise first during the training day and all the staff were really welcoming. We had loads of fun over the two days; the children were brilliant and very tolerant of our face-painting efforts. Many thanks again for making it such an enjoyable experience!' - Hannah Belton, UWE student.
Do you have some relevant expertise to At-Bristol?
We have a Meet the expert programme which allows our visitors to meet professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including scientists, engineers and animators.
Previous experts have run drop-in sessions, presented shows, supported workshops and led activities relevant to their interests and expertise.
To become part of the Meet the Expert programme, please email the education team.
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