Internships are always a bit of a hot potato and generate fierce discussion on psci-com and elsewhere. And rightly so – many will not be able to benefit from this opportunity (not everyone can afford to work without pay) and even those who can are not getting fully recompensed for their work. However charities benefit hugely from the support of volunteers, and interns, so I am always a bit torn on this one (and I also work for a charity too…).
Anyway, I’m after the job descriptions so I tend to post these regardless of the politics, but my concession to the public mood against internships is to post them after the closing date 😉
British Heart Foundation
Policy & Advocacy Intern
Travel & Lunch expenses paid
28 November 2011
08 January 2012
Want to help make a difference? An exciting internship opportunity has arisen for an undergraduate to work with our award-winning Policy and Advocacy Team in driving forward vital BHF campaigns for better treatment and services for heart patients and helping improve the health of the nation.
The Policy and Advocacy Team campaigns to improve the nation’s heart health through a series of vital, evidence based campaigns by lobbying key national and local decision-makers and through mobilising our thousands of campaigners.
We are looking for someone to help take forwards BHF campaigns to get Emergency Life Skills (ELS) taught in all schools and to help tackle junk food marketing to children. You will be required to support the development and implementation of campaigns, and to help take forwards the work we do with BHF campaigners and Parliamentarians. You will also be required to help develop evidence based BHF-policy in key areas.
In return you will experience being a part of a major national charity, and have the opportunity to develop key skills and really make a difference to supporting the vital work of the Policy and Advocacy team. The knowledge and skills you could expect to develop are:
?? Understanding of policy development within a major national charity
?? Knowledge of current debates in health policy
?? Understanding of public affairs and campaigning
?? Ability to manage own workload, meet deadlines and manage relationships with colleagues
?? Experience of working as part of a dynamic team in a busy office environment
As such you will be hard-working, self-motivated and interested in health public policy and public affairs and campaigning. You will have attention to detail, strong desk research and IT skills and excellent written and oral communication skills. You will be a confident self-starter, able to manage your time effectively. Experience of dealing with external customers is desirable but not necessary.
The Internship is for a 12 week period to allow for the projects to be completed, however there may be the possibility of extension. The internship is unpaid, but expenses including lunch and travel will be paid. Hours/days can and will be negotiated.
Interviews for this internship will take place at our head office based in Camden on Thursday 12th January 2012
To apply for this role please use the apply button below. Our process involves submitting your CV and a covering letter which should outline your interest and explain how you meet the role’s criteria. Please note we will only accept applications via this method.