Taylor Bennett Foundation offers experience for ethnic minority students

The Taylor Bennett Foundation is currently open for applications from ethnic minority students seeking experience in public relations.

The Foundation aims to address the need they see for greater diversity in the communications & PR industry. Their solution is a 10 week communications and personal development training programme for black and minority ethnic graduates, specifically designed to strengthen skills and provide industry relevant work experience.

The programme is an intensive ten week work-based training course based in offices in Shoreditch.  Interns will receive careers counselling from top PR headhunters, Taylor Bennett, media training from Unlimited Media and PR training from Brunswick.  They will also receive weekly English tuition and will have the opportunity to go out on field trips to meet industry professionals.

The Foundation is currently recruiting for the next batch of interns to join the programme that runs June – August. They are looking for students who match the following criteria:

  • Have an interest in PR/the media
  • Have an interest in business
  • A graduate in any degree subject
  • An ethnic minority
  • Have indefinite leave to remain in the UK (student visa and post-study work visa holders are not eligible for this programme)
  • Be able to commit to ten weeks full time in London

Interns will be paid £270 a week and all travel expenses will be covered.  The programme is sponsored by Brunswick, so anyone with an interest in finance/corporate communications will be especially welcome to apply.

The deadline is May 09 so head over to the website now to apply. Visit www.taylorbennettfoundation.org

Comments

  1. Kalpana says:

    As a member of the so-called ‘ethnic minorities’, I find it saddening that in 2011 that positive action intern placements are still required to encourage/help young ethnic minorities onto the first rung of the ladder in PR. However, what has prompted me to comment here is the very patronising aspect of a placement that also considers the standard of English among ethnic minorities graduates to be so below the normal requirements that they are also being offered weekly lessons to boost their English language/writing skills.

    I would assume any university graduate would have at least a C-grade at English GSCE, and an awful lot would have chosen arts subjects for A Level, requiring a high standard of English, if they wanted to pursue an arts degree.

    If the internship is not open to those with student visas or post-study work visas, then I fail to understand why English tuition is also being offered. I would like to venture that ethnic minority graduates do have excellent standards of English and/or English qualifications, but yet again they have to jump over these demeaning hurdles to join the PR industry (or any creative industry i.e. journalism/TV/film, for that matter), which is predominately occupied by the children of the connected/wealthy/old boys’/girls’ network.

    I don’t blame young ethnic minorities who will be considering these placements as it is one of the very few options available to make an inroad into the creative industries. Everyday across the PR industry, It is very sad to see very talented aspiring ethnic minority candidates being turned away for internships or entry-level jobs, not because of their lack of qualifications or relevant experience, but simply because their ethnic name and/or face does not fit the culture of the PR agency/organisation.

    Kalpana

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