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Intern – PGI (Paid)

The company

Portland is a fast-growing communications and public affairs consultancy. We are based in London, with offices in New York, Washington, Nairobi and Doha.

Our team devises and implements communication and public affairs strategies across a number of areas, including strategic communications for major global brands, governments, NGOs and high profile individuals.

Portland International is divided into two teams: ‘Government Advisory’ and ‘Philanthropy & Global Issues’.

The role

The intern may be required to carry out all or some of the following key tasks within the International team:

  • Tracking issues in the media, relevant to designated clients
  • Sourcing and preparing detailed draft media analysis reports for approval by relevant Account Executives and Account Managers
  • Researching and sourcing information as directed by Account Executives and Account Managers for designated client projects
  • Management of press cuttings, including preparing monthly/quarterly coverage books
  • Preparing activity reports for clients
  • Helping to draft press releases, opinion articles, website copy, background material etc
  • Conducting ring rounds, and building journalist contacts
  • Preparing journalist biographies and briefing notes for clients
  • Preparing and maintaining media distribution lists for press releases
  • Researching and managing forward calendars of key media and current affairs events relevant to designated clients

Person specification:

You must:

  • Have the ability to conduct comprehensive analysis of information to tight deadlines ensuring accuracy and relevance
  • Have excellent writing skills
  • Be logical, creative and flexible in the appraisal of problems
  • Be proficient in the use of research and Internet tools and word processing
  • Have experience of using social media platforms in a professional capacity
  • Be able to take direction and report progress on your work with others
  • Be organised and able to manage your own workload

Qualifications and skills:

You must:

  • You must have a Degree (with a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent). This is likely to be in a research-oriented social science or arts, e.g. politics, history, economics and English
  • You must be fluent in French or Portuguese. Other foreign language skills are desirable, especially in Arabic, Russian, Spanish and German
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for the media and international affairs is essential
  • Experience of Public Affairs, politics and campaigning is an advantage
  • Experience in journalism, blogging and social media is an advantage
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