|Your degree: On track to receive, or have already achieved, a 2:2 in any degree, although a media/public relations (PR) subject is particularly welcome |
|Scheme length: 11 months|
|Eligibility: An undergraduate or graduate of BAME origin|
|Salary: A bursary to cover London living expenses|
|Benefits: Free travel on TfL services|
|Closing date: 31 October 2016, although you should submit your application as early as possible. Depending on the number of applications, schemes can close early|
The Stuart Ross BAME Press Office Internship is a diversity initiative targeted at students of African, African-Caribbean, Asian or Chinese origin who are studying or have recently graduated. These groups are under-represented regionally, and nationally, in PR which is why this scheme was created in 2006.
Based in one of the UK's busiest press offices, you'll get a sense of what working in a high-pressured PR environment is like and the essential skills you need.
From the start of your internship, you'll be involved in handling the big stories of the day and delivering proactive stories and campaigns. You will have set objectives to achieve and be given a clear outline of the skills you acquire.
Training is also important, so you'll be encouraged to attend a range of internal and external training courses to support your development, including social media, crisis communications and campaign planning.
Once you've finished your internship, ongoing employment with us would be based on the success of your application through our usual competitive recruitment processes.
Since the scheme started, 22 interns have been through the programme and, after going through the formal recruitment process, six are currently employed by TfL and three are within in our press office. Other interns have gone on to work in the Metropolitan Police, the NHS and the Arts Council.
In 2014, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations' (CIPR) diversity monitoring statistics estimated that only 9% of the PR workforce was non-white. Our internship supports the CIPR diversity strategy, which aims to develop an inclusive culture, raise general awareness of diversity within the PR industry and increase the number of people working in PR from all backgrounds.
Our Stuart Ross BAME Internship is advertised under section 158 of the Equality Act 2010.
For the purposes of this advert, BAME refers to people who are of African, African-Caribbean, Asian or Chinese ethnic origin.
The success of this scheme has been reflected in recognition in the field. So far, this includes:
In 2016, the internship was renamed the Stuart Ross BAME Internship after TfL's director of news Stuart Ross, who passed away in January 2016 after a battle with cancer. Stuart was a passionate supporter of the scheme from its inception and a key part of its success to date.