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Careers resources for BAME students

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against anyone because of their race, including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin. However, we know that BAME students can face barriers in obtaining graduate jobs or internships. When you are considering employers, you may want to research their staff networks and staff team, as well as their published diversity statements.

Some employers have specific programmes and initiatives to improve their diversity and support those from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background. We hope you will find the following list of networks and programmes useful.

Note: some of the schemes listed below have now closed for the current round of applications. However, we hope they will run again in the future, so it is worth checking back.

Finance and consulting

  • Aspire events (Target Jobs) for Black heritage students (search Aspire)
  • Bank of England Black Future Leaders Sponsorship Programme (1st or penultimate year students)
  • BDO Black Heritage Insight Programme (3 day virtual insight into accounting, possibly followed by a summer internship or brand ambassador role)
  • KPMG Black Heritage Talent Insight Programmes (graduating this year / recent graduates)
  • ACIN African-Caribbean Insurance Network aims to increase representation in the London market, by offering mentoring, networking and recruitment to internships and graduate jobs.
  • iCAN Insurance Cultural Awareness Network, volunteer run networking, supporting multicultural inclusion across the insurance sector

Find out more about finance and consultancy.


Find out more about Law careers.

Civil Service

  • MI5 Summer diversity intelligence internships
  • Civil Service summer internship programme (in final 2 years at university or new graduate) is currently under review (2024)
  • Civil Service early diversity programme (1st years) also under review

Find out more about Civil service, central and local government careers.

Charity sector

Charityworks has a Fast track scheme for BAME applicants, offering development experience, and a fast track through their graduate scheme recruitment process.

Find out more about charity and voluntary sector careers.

IT / Tech

Find out more about Digital, IT and cyber security careers.

Creative: film and media

  • Creative Access - opportunities, support and training for people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds (as well as other under-represented groups) to work in the creative industries
  • Black Britain Unspoken - filmmaking initiative from Warner Bros. Discovery in collaboration with Media Trust for Black British storytellers, filmmakers and creatives (now closed for 2023)

Find out more about careers in the creative industries.

Journalism, publishing and comms/PR

Find out more about careers in journalism and publishing, and advertising, marketing and PR.

Further study - Masters, PhDs and postdocs

  • Black Graduate Career Conference Imperial College London (June) for Black undergraduates and recent graduates to consider the benefits of postgraduate study
  • BME Early Career Researcher conference, Leeds and virtual, 13 July 2023, usually held in London
  • BradAttain research summer school - find out about PhDs for 3rd year students, 3-6 July 2023
  • Royal Society Career Development Fellowship, four-year postdoctoral research fellowship in STEM for researchers from Black heritage (open to applications 7 November 2023)
  • YCEDE - Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in Doctoral Education supports access to doctoral study for UK-based graduates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.


  • Aspire events (Target Jobs) for Black heritage students (search Aspire)
  • Black Young Professionals Network - events including careers webinars, networking and mentoring, jobs board
  • SEO London - training and mentoring, careers support, programmes in finance, consulting, law, real estate.
  • 10000 interns foundation - paid, six-week internships, with support from a mentor, in a range of sectors. Applications open in autumn for the following summer.

What can I do at York?

  • YUSU Societies
  • YUSU BAME network
  • Black access scheme - part-time work with the University's Access and Outreach team to support the Black Access programme. Applications open in October.
  • Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in Doctoral Education, YCEDE, promotes access to doctoral studies for graduates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. They advertise PhD scholarships, and summer internships advertised in Handshake by York Internships.
  • You may be eligible for a York Futures Scholarship, providing financial support for employability-related activities; there are two application rounds each year.
  • Bright Network offers careers resources, a free e-learning platform (Academy), summer Internship Experience UK to give insights into a range of work sectors (and experience to include in your CV)
  • Forage also offers free online courses. These are short (5-6 hour) programmes from leading companies designed to simulate real world experience; leading companies are involved from a range of sectors including law, accounting, finance, tech consulting, marketing and engineering. There is flexibility to complete the courses in your own time, and you can get a sense of the different companies in a given sector.

Talk to us - if you want to have discuss your career plans or talk through any issues related to the resources above.