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Public Affairs Internship Description

Role: Public Affairs Intern

Supported by: Public Affairs Manager

Based at: Unit 4D, Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London N1 3QP

Preferred term: up to 21hrs a week for up to 12 weeks

Remuneration: Travel and lunch expenses

Genetic Alliance UK

Genetic Alliance UK is the national charity working to improve the lives of patients and families affected by all types of genetic conditions. We are an alliance of over 180 patient organisations. Our aim is to ensure that high quality services, information and support are provided to all who need them. We actively support research and innovation across the field of genetic medicine.

What this internship offers

Our aim for this internship is to offer an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to learn skills and gain demonstrable experience in public affairs. The intern will also have the opportunity to contribute ideas on how we can improve and enhance our public affairs activities, helping us to develop and deliver them into effective initiatives.

What the internship will involve

The Public Affairs Intern will have the opportunity to work with members of the policy team to support Genetic Alliance UK in the development of our public affairs activities and gather evidence that will feed into our policy work. Genetic Alliance UK informs and influences policy and practice to drive change that will improve the lives of people affected by genetic conditions.

An important component of Genetic Alliance UK’s ongoing policy work is supporting the Rare Disease UK campaign. You can find out more about that initiative here.

Over the coming months, much of our public affairs work will be focussed on establishing an All Party Parliamentary Group on rare, genetic and undiagnosed conditions. We are looking for an intern who can support the policy team in maintaining contact with parliamentarians and to help raise awareness of rare, genetic and undiagnosed conditions in Parliament.

Following on from our patient experiences report on transition, the Public Affairs Intern will also help to investigate and gather examples of best practice in the UK of transition services for patient affected by rare conditions.

What we like our interns to have:

  • A degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of carrying out literature reviews.
  • A can-do attitude.
  • Good research, communication skills and IT literacy.
  • An organised approach to work with attention to detail.
  • An enthusiasm for working as part of a team as well as using their own initiative.
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of Genetic Alliance UK.

Application details

  • Deadline for applications:Monday 8th February
  • Interview date: Friday 12 February
  • To start early as soon as possible

Please email a cover letter and your CV to: Farhana Ali, Public Affairs Manager – internships@geneticalliance.org.uk

 

Policy Internship Description

Role: Policy Intern

Supported by: Policy Officer

Based at: Unit 4D, Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London N1 3QPP

Preferred term: up to 21hrs a week for up to 12 weeks

Remuneration: Travel and lunch expenses

Genetic Alliance UK

Genetic Alliance UK is the national charity working to improve the lives of patients and families affected by all types of genetic conditions. We are an alliance of over 180 patient organisations. Our aim is to ensure that high quality services, information and support are provided to all who need them. We actively support research and innovation across the field of genetic medicine.

What this internship offers

Our aim for this internship is to offer an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to learn skills and gain demonstrable experience in policy. The intern will also have the opportunity to contribute ideas on how we can improve and enhance our policy activities, helping us to develop and deliver them into effective initiatives.

What the internship will involve

The Policy Intern will have the opportunity to work with members of the Policy Team to support Genetic Alliance UK in the development of patient-driven policy positions and associated research and public affairs activities. Genetic Alliance UK informs and influences policy and practice to drive change that will improve the lives of people affected by genetic conditions.

An important component of Genetic Alliance UK’s ongoing policy work is supporting the Rare Disease UK campaign. You can find out more about that initiative here.

The intern is likely to primarily work on a piece of research relating to children affected by syndromes without a name and their pathways to genetic testing and potentially diagnosis. We are looking for an intern who can support the policy team in making contact with regional genetic centre and to help piece together a picture of this very complex landscape.

We will also be concluding a project in Scotland that has examined access to medicines for rare disease patients. We will be looking for our intern to get involved with organising and supporting distribution and promotion of the Patient Charter that has been produced.

What we like our interns to have:

  • A degree or equivalent experience.
  • A can-do attitude.
  • Good research, communication skills and IT literacy.
  • An organised approach to work with attention to detail.
  • An enthusiasm for working as part of a team as well as using their own initiative.
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of Genetic Alliance UK.

Application details

  • Deadline for applications: Monday 8th February
  • Interview date: Friday 12 February
  • To start early as soon as possible

Please email a cover letter and your CV to: Louise Coleman, Policy Officer – policyinternship@geneticalliance.org.uk

Internships at Genetic Alliance UK

We are a small, expert and enthusiastic team. Our interns become a part of the team and have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the work we do to provide support for, and campaign alongside all those affected by genetic conditions. We always try to ensure that our interns have the best possible experience with us.

We offer a variety of internships. You might lead on your own project, such as organising an event or researching and producing a report, or gain experience of working alongside colleagues on a number of different projects at once. This could involve engaging with our patient group membership, developing policy positions, delivering workshops and focus groups or producing content for our website and social media platforms.

Our aim is to ensure that you have a valuable learning experience and that the skills and expertise you gain whilst working at Genetic Alliance UK will enhance your CV and enable you to progress on your chosen career path. We also like to learn from our interns, and welcome new ideas on how we can improve the way we work and particularly, how we can make sure our interns get the most out of the time they spend with us.

For all our interns, we promise to:

  • Give you interesting work that we would otherwise be happy to do ourselves;
  • Provide a clear work plan whilst giving you the autonomy to shape your own role;
  • Ensure that you have as much support and guidance as you need whilst you are with us;
  • Give you the opportunity to gain experience in the skills areas you are most keen to develop;
  • Work the hours and the days that are most convenient for you.

While we do our best to secure funds to support our interns while they work with us, this is not always possible. We will always cover our interns’ travel and lunch costs though, and do not permit our unpaid interns to work more than three days a week.

You can see what our previous interns have to say about their experience with us below. We use feedback from our interns to improve their experience.

 

Feedback from previous interns

Zoe

I really enjoyed my experience of working as a public affairs intern at Genetic Alliance UK. During my time there I was able to attend different meetings and conferences where I got a good insight into the inner workings of the charity as well as its interactions with other bodies. The best part of the internship was completing two research tasks and then feeding back my findings to the rest of the team; the independence I was given during these tasks definitely strengthened some of my key skills. I would highly recommend this internship as you learn a lot, get a fair amount of responsibility and become part of a really friendly and helpful team.

 
Jeny

I really enjoyed working with the policy team of Genetic Alliance UK. I had little experience in policy and working with the policy team gave me a good overview of the different tasks they have to complete. I had the chance to draft consultation responses and statements, and help at workshops and conferences. The team was very friendly and supportive and think the internship provides a good insight into the workings of policy.

Colin

My time as an intern at Genetic Alliance UK was a great overall experience. I had the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks, from communicating with our members to maintaining our online presence. On top of this, my favourite experience was attending and helping to organise our parliamentary receptions across the UK in recognition of Rare Disease Day 2014. This was a great chance to meet with some of our members and learn more about the benefits of our work. The atmosphere in the office was incredibly friendly and everyone in the team was very welcoming. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in working there!

Rocío

It was a very enriching experience overall and I learnt a lot. I was directly involved in recruiting companies and community groups for the event. It was the first time I worked in Corporate Fundraising and the internship gave me a good insight of this area of fundraising. I always felt encouraged to participate and the other team members would take into account my suggestions and ask for my opinion. I loved the variety in the role and the working environment was excellent very friendly and helpful.

Polina

My experience was really positive; everyone was really supportive, friendly and helpful. The pink hoody was also nice! I enjoyed being part of the Genetic Alliance UK team.

Kaijisse

I really enjoyed my internship at Genetic Alliance UK. I had never done an internship abroad before, so I was really excited. In university, all the data you need is served on a platter. At Genetic Alliance UK I saw how it works in reality: sometimes a bit difficult but also a huge challenge. Besides that I liked that the atmosphere was really informal, that way it was easy to talk to someone or to ask and get in touch with each other. I didn't feel boundaries and that causes to really get to know my lovely colleagues). It was amazing to see how the team works, everybody was so tailored to each other and worked together really well!