Policy and public affairs internship

Policy and public affairs internship at Principle Consulting
Salary: London Living Wage (£11.05 per hour)
Contract length: 12 weeks full time, or part-time equivalent to suit the successful candidate.
Start date: To be agreed dependent on the availability of the successful candidate.
Place of work: Remote/Flexible. We can accommodate both remote or hybrid working. There will be the opportunity to spend time in our London office (Kings Cross) but this is not a requirement. We will provide you with a work laptop and a contribution to home working costs (£26 per month) for the duration of the internship.
Hours: We have a flexible working policy, based on a 37.5-hour week for a full time employee.

What we do
We are a social enterprise that helps charities campaign for change and influence policy so the people they support get the help they need.

About the internship
We want to help people get started on their career working in charity sector policy, public affairs, and campaigns by providing an opportunity to gain experience that is not incumbent on having previous experience or a specific set of qualifications.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a small and supportive team, helping charities with a broad range of causes achieve their aims. We’ll help you gain the skills you need to excel in the not-for-profit sector; you’ll be helping to ensure that the charities we work with have their voices heard at the highest level.

After the conclusion of the internship, we will also offer ongoing mentoring and support over the following year to support you with your next steps. While the internship is unlikely to result in a permanent job with us, we will aim to give the successful candidate a wide range of experience and support them to develop their skills.

We will offer this role on a full-time or part-time basis depending on what suits the successful candidate. We are happy to decide the start date jointly with the successful candidate, most likely in early summer 2022. There will be the opportunity to spend time in our London office but this is not a requirement. We can accommodate both remote or hybrid working. We will provide you with a work laptop and a contribution to home working costs (£26 per month) for the duration of the internship.

We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in charity campaigns and the ability to communicate this effectively. You do not need a specific set of qualifications or any previous experience in the charity sector. All you need is a strong interest in policy, politics or campaigns, and the work of charities. The successful candidate must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.

We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and encourage applications from underrepresented groups including people from ethnic minority groups; who are LGBTQ+; with a disability; and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

The kind of work you might be doing

  • 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 support you can expect

  • Comprehensive induction and training
  • Line management, support and mentorship from one of our Account Managers
  • 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, including five mentoring sessions over the following year to support the candidate’s continued growth, including offer of CV clinic and support with preparation for future job interviews

Applying for the internship

How to apply

  • Please send a completed task sheet by email to: hello@principleconsulting.org.uk
  • You do not need to send a CV or cover letter alongside the task sheet. A CV will only be required if you reach the interview stage.
  • Please include your name and contact details in your cover email only, and not on the task sheet. The panel who will select candidates for interview will not see your contact details and will use only the task sheet. However, your contact details will be used by our contact point member of staff, so they can get back in touch with you.
  • Applications will be received by a contact point staff member who will send all anonymous task sheets to the selection panel. The selection panel will evaluate the anonymous task sheets against the criteria, and the contact point staff member will invite the corresponding candidates for interview.
  • The email bounce back will send an anonymous Equality, Diversity and Inclusion monitoring form to all candidates. The information contained in this form will be treated as confidential and will be used to help us evaluate our recruitment process. The form does not form any part of the recruitment process.

Task sheet
Please write a summary and evaluation of a charity or social justice campaign for change that has impressed or interested you. This should be no more than 500 words.

You should include:

  • An overview of the campaign
  • Why you found the campaign engaging
  • Why you think it was successful (or not, if it was not)
  • Reflections on what the campaign could have done better, or what it could do next

The interview

  • Interviews will take place online or by phone. Please let us know if you will need additional support from us to make this accessible.
  • We will share 50% of the questions with candidates in advance of the interview.
  • Candidates invited for an interview will be asked to send a copy of their CV in advance of the interview (this will be shared with the selection panel at this point). The successful candidate will be asked to provide details of a reference for us to contact.
  • All candidates invited for interview who are not taken forward will be offered feedback, written or via telephone/virtual call, as preferred by the candidate.

Informal discussion of the role

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please get in touch with our colleague Arub, who is the contact point for this role: arub@principleconsulting.org.uk

Applications for this position are open until Sunday 17th April midnight, with interviews taking place by Zoom/Teams or telephone, the week commencing 9th May. Timelines may be subject to change if we receive an unprecedented number of applications.