Each spring we advertise for applications to our Policy and Public Affairs Internship

We’re currently not taking applications but the below will give you an idea of what the programme entails once we do – to keep informed simply check back on this page in the Spring and follow us on LinkedIn.

Our Policy and Public Affairs Internship is an excellent opportunity to help people get started on their career working in charity sector policy, public affairs, and campaigns, and isn’t determined by having previous experience or a specific set of qualifications.

Each year we offer the opportunity to join our small and supportive team, helping charities, representing a range of important causes and helping them make their voices heard. We’ll also help you gain useful skills to kickstart your career in the not-for-profit sector. In addition we will provide you with a better understanding of the variety of roles, and potential career paths available, by connecting you with a range of talented and interesting people. 

After the conclusion of the internship we will also offer ongoing mentoring and support to support you with your next steps. 

How long is the internship programme?

The duration of the internship is typically 12 weeks. And we agree a start date with the candidate depending on the availability of the successful candidate. 

How much will I be paid? 

As an intern you will be paid the London Living Wage, regardless of where you live in the UK. 

What sort of work will I be expected to do?

Your work will vary on a day-to day basis, but some of the tasks you may find yourself doing includes: 

  • Supporting engagement with a wide range of people and organisations within the charity and public sector, from politicians and civil servants to doctors and nurses
  • Assisting with strategy planning and parliamentary engagement
  • Monitoring the media and events in the UK and devolved parliaments 
  • Conducting desk research to support our work for charity clients
  • Drafting copy for press releases, newsletters and social media
  • Supporting in the planning and running of events

What kind of support will be offered alongside the internship? 

  • Comprehensive induction and training
  • Line management, support and mentorship from one of our experienced team
  • Virtual catch ups with senior leaders from our charity client organisations working in a range of different roles
  • Ongoing mentoring after the internship has ended, with regular mentoring sessions over the following year, including a review of your CV and support with preparation for future job interviews

Where are you based, and will I be expected to go into the office?

Our office is based in Kings Cross, London.

We can accommodate remote or hybrid working. How often you come into the office depends on the agreement you make with your manager, but it would be beneficial, if you live close to London, to be able to come into the office at least once a week. There will also be an opportunity to work out of client offices, although this is dependent on the clients you are assigned to. We will also provide you with any necessary equipment for the duration of the internship.

Is the internship full-time or part-time?

Our internship can be carried out on either a full or part-time basis. We have a flexible working policy, based on a 37.5-hour week for a full-time employee. 

Do I need to have any previous experience or qualifications? 

No previous experience or specific qualifications are required. All you need is to have a passion or strong interest in policy, public affairs, campaigns and the work of charities. 

Will I be hired by Principle after my internship ends?

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee you will be hired once the internship has ended. However, you will be offered ongoing mentoring sessions over the following year including a review of your CV and support with preparation for future job interviews

When is the internship programme open for applications?

Our Policy and Public Affairs Internship opens to applications each spring. Please check back for details of our 2024 internship scheme. In the meantime, you can follow us on LinkedIn or X where we make sure to clearly post any immediate opportunities to join us.

What is Principle doing to shape the internship around young people?

Principle Consulting believes that all young people should be empowered to make a positive difference on the issues that affect their lives, their communities and broader society. As part of #iwill Week 2022, we were therefore proud to adopt the #iwill Power of Youth Charter, committing to growing the power of youth and aligning our approach to both our widening-access internship and work experience programme with #iwill principles. Read our pledges here.

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“This summer I completed an internship at Principle Consulting. I was excited to be involved and work closely with the charity sector, as this is something that I have felt passionate about for a long time.

“The internship exposed me to a range of people within the charity and public affairs sector, many of whom I had the privilege of speaking with on a one-to-one basis. This was extremely helpful as it allowed me to have a greater insight into a variety of professional backgrounds and was also a useful way to build up my professional network. No day is the same at Principle, and you will always enjoy working on something new. 

“I left Principle with a wealth of new knowledge, as a result of the experiences and tasks I was involved in. My skill set has been expanded, and the two and a half months of working here has given me a massive confidence boost and some much needed career direction. A huge thanks to the entire team!