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Sunday 28 April 2024

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intern

Recruitment timeline

Application deadline: 28 April 2024
Interviews: Weeks commencing Monday 13 May and Monday 20 May 2024
Placement start date: Monday 1 July 2024
Internship duration: Eight weeks
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week 
Salary: London Living Wage (currently £13.15 per hour)
Location: ABI, One America Square, 17 Crosswall, London, EC3N 2LB

We operate a policy of spending a minimum of 40% of our working time in the office on average over the course of a month (flexibility can be discussed).


About the company

The ABI is the voice of the UK’s world-leading insurance and long-term savings industry, which is the largest sector in Europe and the third largest in the world.  We represent over 300 firms within our membership, including most household names and specialist providers, giving peace of mind to customers across the UK.

The role of the ABI is to:

•    Get the right people together to help inform public policy debates, engaging with politicians, policymakers, and regulators at home and abroad.
•    Be the public voice of the sector, promoting the value of its products and highlighting its importance to the wider economy.
•    Help encourage consumer understanding of the sector’s products and practices.
•    Support a competitive insurance industry in the UK and overseas

We do not sell insurance, nor are we regulators of the sector.

When meeting us, you’ll quickly discover that the best thing about the ABI is the people.  We’re hugely proud that 98% of our people think individual differences are respected and we feel empowered to bring our whole self to work without fear of judgment and embrace all our differences as every voice matters.  

The ABI has a relaxed, friendly, and collaborative workplace culture. Although we work in an open-plan office, there are many phone booths and meeting rooms that can be easily reserved for focus time. In addition, the intern will be able to work remotely from home on some days according to ABI policies.


About the team

You will be working closely with the Senior Policy Adviser for DEI who will provide continuous support during the internship. In addition, you will get to work with the Chief Sustainability Officer who is part of the team. There are also other colleagues working on the Talent Hub, who will be able to support you.


About the role

You will be creating and sourcing content for the ABI Diversity Hub which may also be used to develop the Talent Hub. The expected outcome is:

•    identifying and updating relevant existing content

•    a series of interviews between the intern and ABI members so that they can create new content. For example, blog posts, short videos, case studies (the regulators are expecting more case studies of good practice from the sector) and testimonials from current employees from the sector (apprentices, underrepresented talent, people working in more niche areas such as fraud, climate etc).

The intern will gain subject-matter knowledge on DEI by working on the ABI DEI Blueprint and learn about our goals and ambitions. They will improve writing and interview skills and gain some technical/digital/design skills.

As the end outcome will be on the public ABI website, this project will be a big value-add for the intern themselves, as they can use this as evidence on their CV/portfolio in the future.

Depending on your interests, you may also work together with the ABI Health & Protection (H&P) team to identify synergy areas between the DEI and H&P policy areas.


Skills and qualifications required

•    Ability to work independently having been given clear instructions from the team
•    Ability to produce text (to be proof-read and approved by the team)
•    A curiosity and/or interest in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion topics
•    Research and writing skills – use various methods to create content
•    Willingness to demonstrate the behaviours associated with the ABI Values.


Click here for the full job description.


How to apply

To apply, click here. You will be asked to provide some basic information and upload your CV.

You will be asked three questions which assess some of the key skills we look for in candidates. Each question has a 250-word limit. You will be assessed on your answers to these questions and not on the basis of your CV. This is to ensure we assess all candidates fairly and objectively and on what they can do and not what they have done in the past.

Before applying, please ensure that you meet the following criteria: 
•    You are autistic 
•    You are aged 18 or over at the start of the internship.
•    You are a UK resident/have the right to work in the UK.

If you receive Universal Credit / Employment Support Allowance and have any questions about the impact of taking part in the programme, please speak with your work coach or disability employment adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions Job centre directly. Each individual’s circumstances will vary. We cannot provide advice on Universal Credit / Employment Support Allowance. You may find additional advice and support at Benefits Calculators or Turn 2 Us.