In spring 2012 the Taylor Bennett Foundation is running its award-winning PR training programme in association with MHP Communications.
This programme has been designed to address the lack of ethnic minorities in the PR industry. The deadline for applying to the next Taylor Bennett Foundation Programme is Monday 27 February 2012.
Those selected for the programme will get:
- 10 weeks of paid training
- £210 per week (you will not be liable to pay tax and NI on your training allowance)
- All your travel expenses
- The opportunity to meet industry professionals and visit really interesting organisations (previous field trips have included Channel 4 News, Grazia Magazine, London Fashion Week, P&G, Adidas, Elle Magazine, BP, Save the Children, The Observer, The Financial Times, PR Week, the PRCA, the CIPR, the Home Office, Standard Chartered Bank, Edelman, Unity PR, Fishburn Hedges, Thomson Reuters, ITN, Fremantle Media, Whizz Kidz, The Times and Speed Communications)
- Top media training from journalists and PR professionals
- Weekly career advice sessions from the industry’s best headhunters
Previous interns are now in their first jobs in PR at firms which include Topshop, Brunswick, Cantos, Racepoint Group, Talk PR, Chatsworth Communications, Cable & Wireless, Pepsico, Mumsnet and Macbeth Media Relations and others have gone on to gain work experience at Ketchum, The Observer and Save the Children.
There are only eight places available on this prestigious scheme, so make yourself stand out from the crowd.
In order to apply you must:
- Be aware that this scheme is designed to directly address the greater need for ethnic diversity in the PR and communications industry
- Be a graduate in ANY degree subject.
- Have indefinite leave to stay in the UK. Post study work visas and student visa holders are NOT eligible for this programme.
- Have an interest in embarking on a career in public relations
- Have strong writing skills
Some current interns
Whitney Brown is an Events Management and Public Relations graduate from London Metropolitan University. She has since worked in the US but says ‘knowing a trade and being confident at that trade are completely different. Overall doing this internship I want my confidence in writing to grow. Plus I want to learn more about the other writing tools such as communications plans and campaigns.’
Cindy Yau was an avid charity campaigner at university the first time around when at Northumbria University studying BA English and Art History where she loved working in events management, fundraising, and writing about my experiences for Oxfam, Coco, and UNICEF.
Lekha Mohanlal is a Media Studies graduate from Sussex University:
“I adore fashion and have also interned in-house at Lipsy and Brighton Fashion Week. It was my vast interest in fashion PR that encouraged me to apply for the Taylor Bennett Foundation internship sponsored by Talk PR. Receiving training and advice from company experts was the main selling point of the programme for me as it is not offered on many other internships. Although I am a self-confessed fashion freak I want to explore the world of beauty PR as I am a product junkie and have a genuine interest in writing press releases and promoting beauty brands.”
Rebecca Smith is a 22 year-old Roehampton University graduate with a Jamaican and British heritage:
“The process of being successful for the internship programme was tough but fair, and being prepared was key. The assessment day was eye opening and I feel was a reflection of the level of commitment and intenseness required to complete the scheme. “
Candice Allen is a 30 year-old mother of two:
“I believe that with this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games fasts approaching, the legacy of the games will bring opportunities for communications professionals.”