Volunteering and internships

Help us organise and run our events – and enjoy the debates too.

We are always on the lookout for people to help us run our events, especially Debating Matters championships.

Your role as a volunteer might include helping with the logistics of the day, including setting up and packing down, and keeping the rooms set up so that the debates can run to the very tight schedules needed.

With schools, judges, guests and attendees to deal with, there are lots of people who require help and support, such as finding the rooms for their debates or meeting their contacts.

On the day itself, we encourage a collegiate and competitive atmosphere, creating a buzz by intellectually engaging each region’s most ambitious young debaters to discuss the most pressing social, scientific, political and cultural issues. Volunteers play a role in supporting these championships to act as a beacon to encourage debating in many more schools locally.

With this volunteering role, you get the additional benefit of seeing lots of the debates!

The boi charity invites applications from students and others to work as interns in our London office. The nature of the work depends on the individual and the needs of the charity at the time., but the general approach is outlined below.

Prospective interns should send their CV along with a covering letter detailing their own intellectual interests and any other relevant information (including details of when they will be available) by email to geoff@theboi.co.uk or by post to:

Geoff Kidder
Chief Executive Officer
Battle of Ideas (boi)
Unit 208, Cocoa Studios
The Biscuit Factory
Drummond Road
London SE16 4DG