Today is International Volunteer Day. To celebrate, we hear from Emily - a previous intern in the Cancer Information Development team. Read on to find out what an internship with us is like. And three cheers for all our amazing volunteers!

this image shows a banner that says my Macmillan internship

I was lucky enough to take part in the Spring internship scheme at Macmillan Cancer Support. In February 2018, I joined the Cancer Information Development team (CID), the department responsible for producing and updating Macmillan’s award-winning cancer information.

Volunteering as an intern was such a valuable experience. Sofiane, my intern manager, created a development plan for the duration of my internship, so I felt supported from day one. From writing blogs for the Online Community, producing a new audiobook and planning for the Volunteer’s Conference, I was never stuck for something to do!

Outside of the CID team, I took part in a fundraising project with the other interns on the programme. Our comedy night and office bake sale were hugely successful. The comedy night was the highlight of my time with Macmillan as it was a brilliant way to share our volunteering experience with family and friends. It was a great achievement to raise £1,100 for Macmillan!

this image shows Emily and a peer at their fundraiser bake sale

this image shows the intern fundraiser with someone with a guitar playing to an audience

At the end of my internship, I attended the Volunteer’s Conference, where I was able to meet some of Macmillan’s inspirational volunteers. I supported one of the editorial assistants, Helen, on the CID stand, attended learning and development sessions and enjoyed celebrating at the Volunteer’s Awards evening.

this image shows Emily and Helen at the information stall with our booklets and leaflets

How can you get involved?

The Macmillan Internship Scheme takes place three times a year. Whether you are a student looking for a valuable way to spend the long summer break, a recent graduate or someone looking for a new career, the programme is open to everyone.

The Macmillan internship programme offers interns lots of opportunities to develop your career and skills. I attended an employability workshop, a presentation skills session and was regularly encouraged to think about my personal development and career plans.

You can find out more about the internship scheme and how to apply here.

this image shows Emily with two other interns

How you can volunteer with Macmillan:

There are so many ways to volunteer for Macmillan. You could:

What else can you do?

If you want to find out more about volunteering for Macmillan, you can contact the volunteering team on 0300 1000 200 or email them at


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