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Supported Internships

Supported Internships

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Have you thought about trying a supported internship?

  • Are you 16-25 years old with an Education, Health and Care Plan?
  • Do you have autism or a related learning difficulty?
  • Would you like to get a paid job in the future?
  • If you answered yes to the above, a supported internship with Ambitious College could be the opportunity for you!


We offer Supported Internships for young people who want to work in competitive employment. The unpaid Supported Internships form part of the intern’s education and equips young people with special educational needs and disabilities with the skills needed for adulthood and employment. The programme takes place in a business setting. Learners are totally immersed in the workplace, learning through continuous feedback and gaining real employability and competitive work skills.

A typical day includes:

  • classroom instruction in employability and independent living skills
  • participation at one or more internship rotations
  • social interaction within their internship department
  • regular feedback from the instructor, job coaches and business colleagues.

Individualised internships and job development continue throughout the year. These are based on an individual’s strengths, skills and interests. Interns are supported through on-the-job coaching and improvement strategies, the ultimate goal being to help them obtain paid employment and live independently.

This is an exciting opportunity for young people who are eligible to learn a wide variety of skills ranging from housekeeping and computers and IT, through to kitchen assistant and lab work. You can find out more by downloading our factsheet for young people and parents. 

Benefits of Supported Internships 

Supported Internships are a great opportunity for young people with autism to combine work with their education. Benefits of a supported internship include:

  • learning new skills that could be used in future employment
  • building confidence and life skills
  • support from trained job coaches to help you succeed
  • increase social networks. 

How do Supported Internships work?

Ambitious College will work with the Whittington Hospital to support interns develop workplace skills. The programme will run from September for one academic year. The role will be based at the Whittington five days a week.

Supported internships also benefit employers to learn what young people with additional needs can contribute and achieve.

Virtual open days

We are now accepting applications for September 2021.

Until government advice changes, we can no longer host open days and interviews at the hospital. Instead, we are conducting them virtually. There are a number of ways we can share information about the programme:

Our open day dates are given below and will be held as virtual events until we can invite visitors to our campuses again. The virtual open days and live virtual Q&A sessions will be hosted by Gemma Mullan, Supported Internships Lecturer. These events will provide an opportunity to ask questions to help you decide if it could be the right place for your son or daughter. You can also find out more about the admission process. 


  • Thursday, 18 March 2021, for young people and families
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021, for professionals
  • Friday, 23 April 2021, for young people and families

To find out more or to book a virtual open day and Q&A, please contact Gemma Mullan at

How to apply

Candidates must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply for an internship:
  • aged 16-25 years old with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • have autism or a related learning difficulty
  • have an interest to move into employment
  • interested in spending a year learning new skills or developing existing skills in the workplace.

If this applies to you, please contact for the application form.

Once you send an application, you will be invited to attend a virtual interview and assessment with the programme tutor and job coach. 

Find out more about Supported Internships

If you would like more information about the Supported Internship programme, please contact our Admissions team at with the subject line: 'Supported Internships'.


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