Public Affairs and Campaigning 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 by midday on Wednesday 9 November.

Download the application form


We are looking for an enthusiastic individual, seeking to gain experience in public affairs and campaigning through our exciting programme of activities, including two large public-facing campaigns, and Westminster parliamentary engagement.

What will I be doing?

  • Supporting the Campaigns team with our newest tobacco campaign, Don’t Quit on Us and the continuation of the Junk Free TV campaign. This will include helping to write copy for supporters, responding to supporter queries and creating engaging campaign content for social media.
  • Helping with our ongoing engagement programme with MPs and Peers, drafting briefings and helping with events, internal communications and other activities.
  • Supporting the Westminster Public Affairs team to monitor parliamentary activity and identify opportunities for further engagement with parliamentarians.
  • Working to expand and monitor the reach of the Policy Department Twitter handle, including increasing our number of follows, writing engaging tweets, and researching examples of best practice across the sector.
  • Helping to ensure Local Public Affairs team’s databases are up to date, and continuing research into stop smoking services.
  • Supporting Cancer Research UK’s Cancer Campaigns Ambassador programme. This includes answering questions about campaigns, recruiting new Ambassadors and helping to write our bi-monthly updates.

What skills will I gain?

  • Producing print and online materials for key external audiences
  • Project management skills
  • Interpersonal skills by collaborating with teams across the charity and beyond
  • Knowledge of how the political system works in a practical setting, how it impacts our work and how we can work to influence it
  • Experience of using social media in the work place
  • Knowledge and experience of being involved in Public Affairs and Campaigns for the largest fundraising charity in the UK

What skills do I need?

  • Strong research and analysis skills
  • Excellent communications skills, including written and spoken presentation skills
  • Good time management and prioritisation
  • Organisational skills
  • Influencing and persuading skills
  • Interest in politics and campaigning

Why we need you

Cancer is a political issue. Our Policy Department is an award-winning team that lobbies parliament and government to achieve the public policy aims of Cancer Research UK. We develop the charity’s policies and influence Government policies by building relationships with politicians in Westminster, the devolved nations, and the European Parliament.

You will undertake a variety of projects, allowing you to gain experience of all our work. This will include helping prepare for party conferences, as well as supporting us with our communications to campaigners, MPs, Peers, MEPs and members of devolved administrations.

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 we will try to find a flexible opportunity for the right candidate.

Where will I be based?

You will be based at our head office in Islington, London

How do I apply?

Please download and complete the internship application form and submit it to 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.

Download our full volunteering policy

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