Graduate Intern Communications Officer

Council House
£15,246 - £17,072
30 Jun 2017
01 Aug 2017
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Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

£15246.00 - £17072.00 p.a. Incremental progression is dependent on performance.

37.0 Hours per Week

Solihull Council is looking for three university graduates for an 11-month Communications Internship Programme. This is a fantastic opportunity for graduates to take the first step in their career in a complex and varied workplace. The roles offer excellent work experience with a full package of training and support throughout. At the end of the contract the intern will leave with a great portfolio to help them gain permanent employment.

The successful candidates will have the chance to work with the communications team, taking calls from journalists, responding to enquiries, writing and issuing press releases and statements. These roles also involve helping to set up interviews and briefings with the media.

Part of the work will be taking on campaigns to promote council issues through traditional and digital channels; this could be anything from community clean ups, to school dinners, to initiatives to encourage recycling.

Please note – as this is a training internship we cannot guarantee a permanent post with Solihull Council at the end of the contract.

This internship is a politically restricted post.

We want to recruit people with a very strong academic background coupled with bags of common sense. People who want to work in a political but not party political environment, and most importantly people who want to make a career in this field.

You will need to have great written and spoken communication skills with the ability to interact and engage with people from diverse backgrounds.

In addition we would like candidates to have some published writing. This can be from a university magazine, a website or perhaps even their own regular blog. If short-listed we will expect you to provide evidence of this. For example cuttings, or a screen grab of a blog, website etc.

You will need to have an enquiring mind. We want people who are enthusiastic, with a real willingness to learn and develop throughout the internship.

If you would like any further information please email or watch this video to get a taste of what it will involve

Deadline for applications is Sunday 30 July at 23:59.

Shortlisting is scheduled for week commencing 31 July.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an all-day assessment on Wednesday 9 August. Please do not apply if you are unable to attend on this day.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

We will guarantee interview for candidates who are Solihull Care Leavers who meet the essential criteria.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


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JDPS - Communications Graduate Intern

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