Event Communications (Sports) Internship

Islington, London
Start date:
Mon 16th January 2017
Office-based roles
Time commitment:
Three to four days a week
Posted on:

Please complete and return the internship application form by email to placements@cancer.org.uk by midday on Wednesday 9 November.

Download the application form


The Sports Team are looking for an organised, hard-working and enthusiastic individual with an interest in sports events and communications (particularly with volunteers) to join the team.

What will I be doing?

  • Producing various communications for our event volunteers (e.g. welcome emails, thank you emails, briefs and newsletters) to ensure they are kept engaged and well informed
  • Analysing our volunteer communications to ensure we are relevant in the charity market
  • Assisting with the development of new communication avenues
  • Assisting the team with logistical plans and ‘on the day’ activities for our Autumn events, such as the Bath Half Marathon, Reading Half Marathon, Brighton Marathon Festival and the Virgin Money London Marathon
  • Assisting the team with volunteer recruitment

What skills will I gain?

  • Understanding of, and the ability to use Cancer Research UK digital marketing platforms
  • Database management skills
  • An understanding of charity marketing
  • Both leadership and teamwork skills
  • Project management skills e.g. prioritising and meeting deadlines
  • Understanding of event logistics
  • Time management skills

What skills do I need?

  • Strong written communication skills
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Creativity and the ability to think outside the box
  • A valid driver’s license is desirable, but not essential

Why we need you

The Sports Team works with third party events in the running, swimming, cycling and triathlon event market, such the Virgin Money London Marathon and The Great Run series. Last year over 30,000 supporters took part raising an amazing £9.5 million for Cancer Research UK.

With a saturated market in charity sports events, we need to ensure the public choose to volunteer with Cancer Research UK and that they want to return again and again. From communicating with volunteers to enhancing their event day experience, you’ll be responsible for managing volunteer communications projects and assisting with the management of Cancer Research UK’s presence at some of the country’s biggest sporting events.

This role would suit someone looking to develop their communications and project management skills in an events based role.

How much time do I need to commit?

Ideally, we would like someone who can commit to 3 - 4 days a week for 12 weeks, but the scheme is flexible and this can be discussed on a 1 to 1 basis. There will also be the opportunity to attend some of the events which are typically on a Sunday.

Where will I be based?

You will be based at our head office in Islington, London, although the option of working from home intermittently can be discussed at interview if you need the internship to fit around existing commitments.

How do I apply?

Please download and complete the internship application form and submit it to placements@cancer.org.uk by midday on Wednesday 9 November.

Why we need you

Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour and every person. We need you to help us by volunteering. Play a part in this inspiring story and volunteer. Help us to create more tomorrows.

Volunteering policy

We are committed to giving you the best experience possible and believe that the volunteer relationship is one of honour, trust and mutual understanding.

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