A new internship, created by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has been welcomed by Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield.
The four month internship, funded from LIBOR fines and backed by the Government as part of its commemoration of the centenary of the Great War, would see over 40 18-25 year olds trained to work as paid guides in some of the Commission’s most iconic sites.
These include Tyne Cot in Ypres, where a number of UK commemorative events will be held next year to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, and Thiepval on the Somme.
The interns would also undertake research and help offer context and a clearer understanding of both the CWGC and the First World War, from the perspective of people the same age as many of the war dead.
Maria commented, “This is a really great opportunity for young people of all backgrounds who have an interest in the First World War, to gain an insight into the workings of the CWGC and who want to be a part of our centenary commemorations.”
“It offers valuable practical experience to develop research, language and communication skills, as well as the chance to spend an extensive amount of time in France and Belgium. I encourage any young person in my constituency who is interested to apply!”
Further details about the internship can be found here.