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The IARS International Institute is one of the world’s leading user-led NGOs with an international mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. We achieve our charitable aims by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice and by supporting young people.

Led by its Director, Dr. Claire Bonham and staffed with a dedicated team of experts, interns and volunteers, the IARS International Institute is known for its user-led robust, independent, evidence-based approach to solving current social problems. We are acknowledged internationally for our expertise in justice, equality and youth. We have delivered projects in areas such as restorative justice, rehabilitation, human rights and inclusion, citizenship, public services and user-led research evaluation. 

Placement description

We are currently looking for a social media and video editing volunteer to help us spread the word. This is an unpaid position and the time commitment required is 1 to 2 days a week. The duration of the placement is flexible, however you will need 1 month to learn how to use all the required software so we do not recommend that you apply for less than 2 months if you intend to volunteer only 1 day a week. If you would like to volunteer at least 3 days a week, then we are open to considering shorter placements.

Key tasks:

External Communications

  • To assist in management of websites and newsletters.
  • To assist in management reporting of social media accounts.
  • To produce, design and update multimedia content, especially videos promoting IARS’ work. 


  • To undertake all tasks respecting IARS’ Equality and Diversity Policy as well as its founding values.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Communications Manager. 

We welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds. This placement does not require a higher education degree. We particularly want to encourage applications from young people (age >14) and from under-represented backgrounds.

Person Specification: Social media and video editing intern
Knowledge & Experience  

Knowledge of video editing and social media management software or willingness to learn


Skills & Abilities Good written, oral and communication skills. 


Attention to detail. 


Ability to work independently.







Empathy with the aims and objects of IARS


How to apply

There is no fixed deadline for applications and we will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged. Please send your CV or a brief description of yourself, your skills and your motivations to


We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  


Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: +44(0) 7833 224442  


Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.