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Supported internships

Supported internships are courses aimed at young people aged 16-25, who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan and want to move into work but need extra support to do so.

Ambitious College and DFN Project Search are delighted to be working in partnership to offer supported internships at the Whittington Hospital in North London.

This is an exciting opportunity for young people, who are eligible, to learn a wide variety of skills ranging from housekeeping, computers and IT, through to kitchen assistant and lab work.


Benefits of supported internships

The internships are a great opportunity for autistic young people to combine work with their education. Other benefits include:

  • learning new skills that could be used in future employment
  • building confidence and life skills
  • increase social networks.


How do supported internships work?

Ambitious College is working with the Whittington Hospital to support interns to develop workplace skills. The role is based at the hospital and will be five days per week for an academic year.

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

You can find out more about programme by downloading our fact sheet for interns and parents.


Virtual open days

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 with young people and their families:

To find out more or to book a virtual open day, 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
  • be an autistic young person or have 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 our Admissions team at 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 our 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'.