Intern (Paid)

The team

With a team of former senior advisors from the highest level of British government and politics, the EU, the UN and the World Economic Forum, Portland has unrivalled first-hand experience of the complex interplay between government, politics, media, business and public audiences.  We work with our clients to help them devise and implement communications strategies as well as building capabilities within their organizations.

The role

The intern may be required to carry out all or some of the following key tasks within the Government Advisory team:

  • Tracking issues in the media, relevant to designated clients
  • Sourcing and preparing detailed draft media analysis reports for approval by relevant Account Executives and Account Managers
  • Researching and sourcing information as directed by Account Executives and Account Managers for designated client projects
  • Management of press cuttings, including preparing monthly/quarterly coverage books
  • Preparing activity reports for clients
  • Helping to draft press releases, opinion articles, website copy, background material etc
  • Conducting ring rounds, and building journalist contacts
  • Preparing journalist biographies and briefing notes for clients
  • Preparing and maintaining media distribution lists for press releases
  • Researching and managing forward calendars of key media and current affairs events relevant to designated clients

Person Specification

  • Have the ability to conduct comprehensive analysis of information to tight deadlines ensuring accuracy and relevance
  • Have excellent writing skills
  • Be logical, creative and flexible in the appraisal of problems
  • Be proficient in the use of research and Internet tools and word processing
  • Have experience of using social media platforms in a professional capacity
  • Be able to take direction and report progress on your work with others
  • Be organised and able to manage your own workload

Qualifications and Skills

  • You must have a Degree (with a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent). This is likely to be in social science or arts, e.g. politics, history,¬†economics and English
  • Experience of Public Affairs, politics and campaigning is an advantage
  • Experience in journalism, blogging and social media is an advantage
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for politics and elections is essential.
  • Experience of Westminster, Public Affairs, politics and campaigning is an advantage.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive it is unfortunately not possible to respond directly to all applicants, only to those whose candidacy is being pursued. In addition, the length of the recruitment process varies based on the vacancy needs. Traditionally, the process takes approximately 2-4 weeks. Therefore, your patience is greatly appreciated.


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