JOLT academy

jolt Academy

A unique diversity internship scheme for the creative industry. Bringing the most talented people from underrepresented backgrounds into top creative companies.

How it works

JOLT Academy helps companies to find top talent from underrepresented backgrounds for the Creative and Strategy departments. We can also create bespoke schemes to suit your needs.

We find interns via our numerous and amazing diversity partners (including Prince’s Trust, Scope and The Ideas Foundation), identify those with the most potential through an intensive application process, train them and launch them onto a rigorously managed internship scheme.

The scheme allows you to support diversity in a time and cost-efficient way, and find your next generation of talent outside the usual places.

Video made by JOLT intern Samroj Kumar

Meet the jolters

Yewande Oludipe

Toni Ayonride

Nicholas Thompson

Naomi Grant

Lucy Donagh

Lara Redmer

Kim Levy

Jonathon Nwauzu

Danni O’Malley

Charlotte Alford

Bruno Cavagna

Matteo Pizzarello

Ryan Mckean

Anna Miles

Fernando Mariano

Lammy Bennani

Lucie Shmidt

Sarah Crossland

Kelsey Hibberd

Thomas Wahl

Emma Digby

Raph Paraschos

Jess Phillips

Eloise Grohs

Cellyn Iloanyionwu

David Milligan

Liliya Khan

Cheryl Osei
– hired

Bethany Jones

Andrea Zlotnick

Stella Heathfield

Charlie Dion

Danielle Valentine

Josh Fidell
– hired

Yama Noorzad
– hired

Ayesha Brown
– hired

Bella Owen
– hired

Tim Cordell

Jack Clark

Charlie McQuade
– hired

Andrea Rambert & Lucia Mencos
– hired

Sophia Kossoski
– hired

Mirella Spina & Ellen McGet Tigan

Alis Rees & Amy Jeffery

Gayatri Bhudia
– hired

Melody Adeniran
– hired

Chrissie Butcher & Adam Hall

Umar Yousef

Samroj Kumar
– hired

Shireen Ramezani

Rohit Tharakan
– hired

Matthew Luke
– hired

The JOLT experience

What can JOLT do for you?

  • Get access to the most diverse range of talent: ages 18 – 55, 40% job changers, 37% BAME, 14% lower socio-economic background, 59% female
  • Access talent from our 40+ diversity partners. 
  • Rigorous selection and training process.
  • A plug-and-play internship scheme, comprehensively managed for you.
  • We can map the under-represented candidate market to identify the complete talent pool for you.
  • Monthly appraisals, ongoing pastoral care, mentorship and training. 
  • 86% of talent are hired permanently by the end of scheme. 
  • 100% of talent have had their internships extended.
  • 36 years creative industry experience 
  • 10 years of diversity recruitment, training and pastoral care experience
  • Add real diverse talent to your team to create better pitches and RFI’s, as recommended by ISBA, IPA, DMA, MCCA and PRCA. 
  • Represent all target audience demographics
  • Increase authenticity of your pitches.
  • Interns achieve up to 12x ROI against agency clients’ marketing spend.
  • Our interns have won a range of awards: Cannes Young Lions, Aerial, DMA Breakthrough, Creative Conscience, Chip Shop.

Behind the scenes at bootcamp

We select the most talented interns and train them at an intensive two-week bootcamp, created and run in conjunction with industry leaders.


Get in touch with us to set up an introductory meeting/call, where you can learn more about how we operate and what we can do for you.

As part of the JOLT Creative Scheme, we hold a speed-dating style portfolio ‘Crits night’ every two months at the Hackney Coffee Company. This is a great chance to meet the newest JOLTers – raw talented creatives from all walks of life – who we believe will go on to become the creative leaders of the future.

As a JOLT mentor, you will be invited to a free training session and then paired with an intern who will become your mentee for a 12-month period. As well as giving back, becoming a mentor is an excellent opportunity to improve your communication skills, management skills, confidence and benefit from ‘reverse mentoring’ – the chance to learn from juniors from different walks of life.

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