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CASE Europe Graduate Trainee Scheme

CASE Europe's Graduate Trainee Scheme is a fantastic opportunity for high quality graduates and postgrads seeking a career in fundraising and philanthropy within schools, higher education and not-for-profit sectors.

For those interested in fundraising, philanthropy and advancement, the CASE Europe Graduate Trainee Scheme is a great way to begin a career in the sector and to see the benefits those professions bring to the higher education sector and beyond.

Why should graduates consider a career in higher education fundraising and philanthropy?

The Scheme offers graduates a unique opportunity to develop a range of skills and experience through interactive workshops, alongside year-long placements at schools, universities and not-for-profit organisations. Graduate trainees benefit from access to professional development training and mentoring, and are able to build an invaluable supportive network of peers.


"The CASE Graduate Trainee Scheme gave me a perfect footing in the professional world. The training opportunities and community offered through CASE were excellent and my host institution gave me the best introduction to the world of Development I could have imagined. Had I not been a CASE graduate my career certainly would not have progressed at the rate it has done over recent years."

Jacob Lawless, Senior Development Executive University of Oxford
CASE Graduate Trainee Scheme Alumnus 2014/15


What does the traineeship include?

Graduate trainees work within each area of a development office of an educational institution - gaining experience and developing skills in alumni relations, prospect management, annual and regular giving, stewardship, fundraising campaigns, major gifts, events and partnerships. The breadth of the experience provides graduates with a fully rounded view of fundraising within education and the role it plays in supporting the institutions. For those looking for a career in fundraising, the Graduate Trainee Scheme is a great opportunity.

  • During the year-long placement, graduate trainees will spend one month at another university with an emerging development function. This month-long placement will give the graduate trainee increased responsibility and autonomy.
  • In addition to the CASE Europe Annual Conference, those on the Scheme also attend the Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising and one other CASE conference or seminar.
  • Successful applicants will be employed by a host university on a 50‐week contract. Graduate trainees receive a minimum salary of £18,000 (£20,000 with London weighting). Host universities may increase those salaries in order to bring remuneration into line with their own pay and grading structure.

"The scheme was very important both in terms of getting my first role in fundraising and my subsequent career development."

How to apply

Applications for the CASE Europe Graduate Trainee Scheme 2018/19 open early November 2017 - January 2018. View the 'Apply' tab for more information.

How can I support the Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Scheme?

If you are interested in supporting the Graduate Trainee Scheme you can make a supporter donation via the justgiving button below. If you are a university and are interested in becoming a host or co-host university, you can find out more details about the Scheme here

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The Graduate Trainee Scheme has been supported by:

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