About the John Smith Trust

The John Smith Trust supports the development of sustainable, fair and inclusive societies in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (the EECCA region). We do this by inspiring and nurturing a collaborative community of people working for change in governance, climate action and social justice, and who want to make a positive contribution to society.

We run regular fellowship programmes for exceptional individuals aged 25-35 from 12 countries across the EECCA who are working in the field of climate and sustainability, governance and justice, or equality, diversity and inclusion. Our 6-month hybrid programmes consist of monthly online discussions and workshops followed by a residential programme in the UK. They are built around three pillars – unique insight into UK institutions, personalised professional meetings and leadership skills development – which together offer both a broad picture and an individual focus.

Individuals become Fellows for life, and we support our network further by running online and in-person events, which enable Fellows to continue connecting, sharing and collaborating with each other and with counterparts in the UK.



The John Smith Trust offers regular 3–6-month internships to highly motivated, organised individuals with a demonstrable interest in UK relations with the EECCA region and one or all of our three thematic areas: climate and sustainability, governance and justice, and equality, diversity and inclusion. The Trust’s internships offer an opportunity to gain practical experience of working in a small, fast-paced team within the NGO sector. Interns will assist with a range of tasks depending on the time of year they join, as well as on their interests, skills, availability, location.  

Possible tasks include writing articles about developments at the Trust and Fellows’ work; drafting reports on in-person and online events; assisting with the logistics of running in-person events; researching individuals and organisations with whom the Trust could collaborate, and other ad hoc support tasks related to the design and delivery of online and in-person programmes. 

If you are interested in applying, please download the detailed internship description and person specification here before sending a cover letter (no longer than 1 page) and your CV to admin@johnsmithtrust.org 

If you have any questions about our internships or the application process, please email us at admin@johnsmithtrust.org