We’re looking to hire an intern

We’re looking to hire an intern

We know how tough it is for graduates to get jobs in public affairs. But we also know how big a contribution they can make to an agency. Which is why we run an internship programme, offering graduates the chance to experience life in a busy public affairs consultancy, whilst earning. We’re looking for one right now, so if anyone knows a suitable candidate, then please do get in touch with us.

Here are the details about the role:

Your role will be to assist our public affairs account team to provide government relations programmes for a number of our clients. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience on a range of policy areas and play an important part in executing cutting edge, digital public affairs programmes. You may also have the opportunity to help out our public relations team too, which focuses on the travel sector.

You’ll be enthusiastic, diligent, creative, analytical, and a real team player (be warned, the senior management team are sports-mad). You’ll be expected to demonstrate a real interest in politics and current affairs, as well as show a real understanding of the impact of social media on public discourse. You must be able to write well.

You’ll be joining a well-established, growing and highly successful public relations and public affairs company that’s based on Whitehall. The agency has a twenty-five year track record of advising national governments, blue chip companies, and trade bodies. But be warned, we’re one of the few public affairs agencies to have quality accreditation (ISO 9001) so standards are extremely high.

We have recently won several new clients and are committed to holding on to them for a long time (our client retention rates are well above the industry standard). We do this by consistently delivering exceptional levels of client service. It makes for a demanding and challenging work environment, but a stimulating one that provides a real learning opportunity for the right person.

This is a paid internship over a three month period. The experience gained will stand you in good stead and several of our former interns have gone on to get account handling positions here or in other agencies.

We’re looking for a recent graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher who can start immediately.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative and policy making process in the UK and EU.
  • Show understanding of the role of government relations in the business environment.
  • Provide proof of a strong interest in or experience of relevant policy issues (see below).
  • Have a demonstrable passion for social media and digital publishing.
  • Have the ability to swiftly absorb complex information and apply this knowledge to seeing opportunities to influence policy and promote client aims.
  • Be able to communicate verbally and write to a high standard.

Day to Day Activities

  • Media, political monitoring and intelligence gathering for clients across a range of policy areas including aviation, environment, manufacturing, technology, the public and voluntary sectors, foreign governments.
  • Provide regular written reports for clients on activities and analysis of relevant issues.
  • Draft political correspondence, briefing papers and policy submissions.
  • Report on conferences, select committee inquiries and other political events as required.
  • Participate in internal discussions and debates.
  • Conduct desk research for new business pitches.
  • Carry out general office duties on request.

General office

  • This is a paid position from which you will also receive considerable training and experience.
  • Salary: Minimum wage

How to Apply

Step 1
Write a blog post of between 400 – 600 words discussing how has digital communications impacted public affairs in the 21st Century?

Step 2
Email your CV, covering letter and blog post (either a link to your public blog or as a word document attachment) to apply@keenecomms.com

CLOSING DATE:
Tuesday, 8 April 2014 (midnight)

Simon Quarendon

Simon Quarendon

As the consultancy’s Chairman, Simon has strategic oversight of all clients. His career in communications spans 28 years, during which time he has held senior management positions in some of the UK’s leading PR agencies.

During his career, Simon has advised numerous blue chip clients and has worked on a number of large scale communications programmes. Simon has extensive international experience and was a previous Secretary General of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO), a trade association representing over 1,000 PR agencies in 28 countries.
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As the consultancy’s Chairman, Simon has strategic oversight of all clients. His career in communications spans 28 years, during which time he has held senior management positions in some of the UK’s leading PR agencies. During his career, Simon has advised numerous blue chip clients and has worked on a number of large scale communications programmes. Simon has extensive international experience and was a previous Secretary General of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO), a trade association representing over 1,000 PR agencies in 28 countries.