Policy and public affairs internship

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Policy and public affairs internship at Principle Consulting

Salary: London Living Wage (£10.85 per hour)

Contract length: 6 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: Flexible. Initially home based in line with COVID-19 restrictions. We will provide you with a work laptop and a contribution to home working costs (£26 per month) for the duration of the internship. There may be potential to spend time in our London office if COVID-19 restrictions allow, but this is not a requirement.

Hours: We have a flexible working policy, based on a 37.5-hour week for a full-time employee and would be happy to discuss the flexible working needs of the successful candidate.

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. The work will be varied and cover a wide range of topics, from healthcare to volunteering to online harms and beyond.

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, 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 2021. We anticipate that the work will be remote, in line with Covid-19 restrictions at the time. If COVID-19 restrictions allow, there may be potential to spend time in our London office, but this is not a requirement of the role.

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 consultants
  • Virtual catch ups with colleagues 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

Who can apply?

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 and the right to work in the UK.

We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and particularly encourage applications from candidates from groups currently underrepresented in the charity sector, including people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities.

The application process

Recruitment criteria

We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in charity campaigns and the ability to communicate this effectively.  

How to apply

  • Please send a completed task sheet by email to: hello@principleconsulting.org.uk 
  • Please include your name and contact details (ideally, email and telephone number) in your email only, and not the task sheet. Your contact details will not be seen by our selection panel who will select candidates for interview using only the task sheet, but they will be used so we 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 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 refence 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 Noah, who is the contact point for this role: noah@principleconsulting.org.uk 


Applications for this position are open until Friday 14th May, with interviews taking place by virtual call or telephone, the week commencing 24th May.