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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.


"I am so happy in my career and I love the fact that going to work every day is meaningful and varied. My career in fundraising for education wouldn't have happened without the CASE Graduate Trainee Programme and I'm so grateful for the kick-start I was given. It's a competitive, high-flying programme which recognises and nurtures talent, provides unrivalled opportunities to learn from and network with the leaders in the sector and gives hands-on learning experience so you can fast-track into whichever area of fundraising you enjoy most. It's a win-win because you get to learn whilst also delivering creative projects, raising money for good causes and taking on real responsibility in a university setting. I particularly enjoyed being part of a cohort of graduates all in the same boat who acted as a peer network, and the mentoring from leading CASE volunteers. CASE is a very welcoming community across the UK and internationally, and now I'm a part of it, I can't imagine wanting any other career!" 

Rachel Third, Head of Philanthropy at Loughborough University 
CASE Graduate Trainee Scheme Alumnus 2012/13


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 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 at University of Oxford
CASE Graduate Trainee Scheme Alumnus 2014/15


How to apply

Applications for the CASE Europe Graduate Trainee Scheme 2018/19 are now closed.

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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