Stuart Ross Communications Internship

How long: 11 months

Where: London based hybrid working. Anticipated 1 to 2 days on average in the office- subject to working patterns and business requirements. 

Salary: A bursary of £21,824 (reviewed in line with London Living Wage)

What you'll need

  • You must be of Black, Asian and minority ethnic background, defined as having some African, Afro-Caribbean, Asian or other non-white heritage
  • Either an undergraduate or recent graduate on track to receive, or have already achieved, a 2:2 in any degree
  • Or be a non-graduate with no more than one year's paid experience in the communications industry such as public relations, public affairs, marketing, stakeholder engagement, media, or other related fields
"I've worked in one of the busiest and top in-house press offices in London during my internship. I've had the opportunity to work on high profile projects and was given real responsibility from day one."

What you'll be doing

Working in a fast-paced public relations, public affairs or marketing environment, you'll learn the essential skills you need to start your career in these industries. 

You'll have the opportunity to develop your written and verbal communication skills to reach a range of different audiences, including customers, the media, businesses, stakeholder groups and politicians.  

 As a central part of the team you'll be involved in key projects from the outset, creating campaigns, influencing how customers use London's transport network and helping to shape TfL's reputation.   

Throughout your time, you'll work collaboratively with other teams across the organisation and gain an understanding of London transport, as well as building your skills in communications, public relations, public affairs and marketing.

You'll be based in one of three areas and may have the opportunity to undertake placements in the other areas.

If you are invited to the assessment centre, we'll invite you to express a preference for which team you are interested in.

Where this career can take you

The internship can be done by non-graduates, recent graduates or current students as a year in industry.

The programme has been highly successful and our interns have gone on to work in communications or public relations roles in organisations such as:

  • The Metropolitan Police
  • Crossrail Ltd, Marks & Spencer
  • NHS
  • Local government
  • The Arts Council
  • TfL

Interns who have gone on to work for TfL have progressed in the organisation to roles including:

  • Senior Press Officer
  • Head of Press for Campaigns
  • Head of Press
  • Tube and Senior Adviser

About the Stuart Ross Internship

The Stuart Ross Communications Internship is a training opportunity which operates under the positive action provisions of the Equality Act 2010. This allows for an employer to take certain actions where people who share a protected characteristic, such as being of a certain ethnic minority, are under-represented in participating in a particular activity. The Government guide Positive action in the workplace sets out further detail on Section 158 ((General) positive action) of the Equality Act at Sections 8-9. 

As a public sector body, TfL is required by Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 to advance the public sector equality duty, by which we must not only take steps to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation on grounds of protected characteristics, but must also seek to advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.