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Job advert: Public Affairs Intern

Last Reviewed 16/03/2017

By Farhana Ali

Internship description

Role: Public Affairs Intern

Supported by: Public Affairs Manager

Based at: Level 3, Barclay House, 37 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BH

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 190 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 the campaign here.

We are looking for an intern who can support the policy team in maintaining relationships with parliamentarians and to help raise awareness of rare diseases in Parliament - in particular working with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed conditions.

The Public Affairs Intern will also have an opportunity to help develop our media work, writing press releases and talking to patients and journalists.

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 3 April  
  • Interview date: Friday 7 April
  • To start early as soon as possible

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

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