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Stuart Ross BAME Press Office Internship

Job Title: Stuart Ross BAME Press Office Internship
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: London
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 028418
Job Published: November 02, 2018 10:42

Job Description

Stuart Ross BAME Press Office Internship 028418
Organisation - HR Director
Job - Stuart Ross Internship
Position Type - Full Time
Entry requirements

You must be an undergraduate or recent graduate of BAME (as defined below) origin on track to receive, or have already achieved, a 2:2 in any degree, or, have no more than one year’s experience in media, PR or other related fields.
11 months
A bursary to cover London living expenses
Job overview
The Stuart Ross BAME Press Office Internship is a diversity initiative targeted at students of African, Afro-Caribbean, Asian or Chinese origin (or a combination of the above) who are studying or have recently graduated. These groups are under-represented regionally, and nationally, in PR which is why we created this scheme in 2006. In 2016, the internship was renamed the Stuart Ross BAME Internship after TfL's former director of news Stuart Ross, who passed away in January 2016 after a battle with cancer. Stuart was a passionate supporter of the scheme from its inception and a key part of its success to date.
What will I be doing?
Based in one of the UK's busiest press offices, you'll get a sense of what working in a high-pressured PR environment is like and the essential skills you need to start your career in PR. From the beginning of your internship, you'll be involved in handling the big stories of the day affecting London’s transport and delivering dedicated stories and campaigns.  You’ll learn all the skills you need to work in public relations, from writing press releases, dealing with journalists and managing media interviews to generating ideas for high profile campaigns and organising media events.  These could include campaigns like the ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge, art on the underground and London Poppy day.
What do we look for?
We’re looking for people who are:
Motivated to learn and gain experience during the internship
Passionate about a career in Public Relations
Thrive in a team
As a member of the team, we’ll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value from day one.  If you are excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London and are up for a challenge and thrive under pressure, then this is the career path for you.
Where can this career take me?
Past interns have done the internship as a year in industry while at university, or once they have graduated. In both cases, this programme has been highly successful, and our interns have gone on to work in public relations and communications roles in TfL as well as the Metropolitan Police, Marks & Spencer, NHS, local government and the Arts Council.
What development and support will you get?
Whilst on the scheme, we’ll support your technical development through a wide range of on-the-job practical experiences and placements.  We’ll also support your professional development through a combination of classroom-led training courses, online training courses, mentoring opportunities and structured networking opportunities with scheme alumni. You will receive one-to-one support throughout the programme from your scheme sponsor and your Line Manager. You’ll also be connected to a ‘buddy’ who will be an alumnus from the scheme. 
Meet the Interns
“Throughout my time at TfL, the Press Office was committed to making sure I made the most of my internship, I never thought I would have been given all the opportunities that I had. I have now returned to university to complete my degree with a new-found confidence and improved communication, organisation and collaboration skills that can be applied to any industry not just PR and communications. I feel incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to be part of such a great scheme.”
Courtnee, Stuart Ross BAME PR intern
“I prefer public sector communications as a career path to private sector communications because I feel that good communications in public sector can have a wider, more positive impact. Also, due to the lack of a commercial element and limited or no budget to spend most the time, I thrive on the challenge of being creative and finding partnerships that may not be so obvious. I started as an intern and am now a Campaigns and Communications Officer for TfL, working on behaviour change campaigns around policing issues. An example of a campaign is the Project Guardian which was a project aimed at reducing sexual assault and unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport in London. I am also the vice chair of TfL’s BAME staff network group.”
Jasmit,Stuart Ross BAME PR intern
Reasonable Adjustments
If you have any special requirements or require any reasonable adjustments to enable you to take our online tests or to attend our assessment centre, please contact us by phone or email on the contact details below.
Please note: We need a minimum of 48 hours’ notice to allow us to try and accommodate reasonable adjustments at the assessment centre. Any adjustments will be confirmed to you in writing, once received, please print a copy and bring this to the assessment with you.
Contacting Us
If at any time you need to speak to anyone within the Recruitment Team then please contact us on 0333 0062939 (Option 1) or alternatively email us at

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