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First Khadija Saye memorial intern begins their internship

First Khadija Saye memorial intern begins their internship

We are very pleased to report that our first intern has begun their internship at PEER UK in memory of our friend and former colleague Khadija Saye.

Following the devastating news of the death of former Creative Access intern Khadija Saye and her mother Mary Mendy in the fire at Grenfell Tower on June 14 earlier this year, Creative Access set up a fundraising campaign.

We were thrilled to raise almost £12,000 to fund four part-time internships to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in the Arts.

Through Creative Access, Khadija had secured a role as an intern from July 2015 to March 2016 at London-based Arts charity, PEER UK. She used her internship as a springboard for her burgeoning career, which was so tragically cut short.

Commenting on the memorial internship programme, Ingrid Swenson, Director at PEER said: “PEER is very pleased to welcome Bod Jaman as our new Creative Access Gallery Trainee who started his six month internship last week. This opportunity has been made possible with support from the many individuals who generously contributed to the fund created in memory of Khadija Saye, who interned at PEER during 2015/16. This will be the first of four internships over the next two years that PEER will host with funds to match those raised through Just Giving. Thank you to all of those who have made contributions and enabling us to honour Khadija’s wonderful spirit and talent.”

A recent History of Art graduate from UCL, Bod – of Bangladeshi origin – is seeking to begin his career in the arts. Speaking about his internship, Bod said:

“I’m really grateful to have this opportunity to work at PEER, thanks to the generous funders of this internship, Creative Access and Ingrid at PEER. I hope to follow the example that Khadija set during her time here by really engaging with the local community and PEER’s amazing public programme of exhibitions and talks, as well as looking forward to working with PEER’s new Ambassadors to help them develop key skills. Thank you to all those who made this opportunity possible.”