Public Affairs Internship (Edinburgh)

Cancer Research UK Published: 07/31/2017


Cancer is a political issue. Our Policy Department is an award-winning team that develops the charity’s policies and works to ensure that cancer remains at the top of the political agenda. Our Public Affairs Team influences Government policies by building relationships with politicians in Westminster, the devolved nations and the European Parliament. Meanwhile, our Campaigns Team mobilises our supporters, staff, and scientists to take political action to beat cancer sooner.

What will I be doing?

This internship role is project-based and offers hands-on training. Activities you may support include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with event organisation for the Scottish Cancer Conference 2017.
  • Conducting research and analysis that will help feed into the strategy for our Scotland social media activity.
  • Developing and organising materials for various events such a shop visits and visits to our research centres.
  • Helping to support colleagues across the devolved nations as they prepare for political party conferences.
  • Providing administrative supporting to ongoing public affairs activities.

What support will I receive?

You’ll have a dedicated intern manager who will support you through your projects. We’ll also provide you with training to enhance your own personal development, as well as advice on how to get a job within the charity sector. The internship will be performed on a voluntary basis, but we will reimburse reasonable lunch and travel expenses.

Am I eligible to apply?

Whether you are a recent graduate exploring your career options or still studying and looking for an experience to boost your CV, we welcome your application. We only require that you are aged 18 or above when you start the internship and that you have the right to live and work in the UK.

What skills do I need?

We’re looking for people with a passion for our cause to be part of the journey that will bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. We understand that you are probably within the early stages of your career so we don’t require you to have extensive experience. We will assess your application on your ability to demonstrate the following skills, using examples from your education, work experience and/or extracurricular activities:

  • An interest in politics
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good time management and prioritisation skills
  • Strong research and analysis skills
  • Influencing and persuading skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programmes
  • The ability to learn new concepts and processes quickly

We’re committed to enabling our supporters to help beat cancer sooner in any way they wish – meaning that no one day is the same. Every day we achieve extraordinary things by being sharp, brave and united in our work. If you think you can help us beat cancer sooner, apply right now!

Applications close at 23:55 on Friday 4th August and the internship will run from Monday 18th September to Friday 8th December.

Good luck!

Job Type: Internship

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