The 2017 version of this list has now been published here.
Here’s a great list of 150 PR internships & graduate schemes.
A note on how this list was compiled. PR Week’s top 150 agencies 2015 was the starting point and we then used the companies’ websites as much as possible. We also contacted all 150 agencies via Twitter and email to give them the opportunity to flag any errors and to tell us of any new entry-level roles they may be recruiting for and the majority of them replied.
Not listed by PR Week, as it’s not a PR agency, is the Taylor Bennett Foundation which offers graduate PR traineeships throughout the year for black, Asian and ethnic minority graduates. If you’re a BAME graduate looking to get a foot in the door of the PR industry this is an excellent way to start – over 80% of the Foundation’s alumni now work in communications roles. The Foundation is currently accepting applications for their next programme which will run in March and is sponsored by MHP Communications.
All the usual advice re job applications apply – do your research (including making sure you know where the agency you’re applying to is located – not all of these listed are in London), write a specific cover letter, make sure you proof read carefully and tell the company what you will do for them, not what they will do for you.
You should read Sarah Stimson’s book, How to get a job in PR, before you apply for anything. It covers CVs and covering letters and the differences between work experience and internships so those chapters are particularly helpful.
All internships and graduate schemes listed were correct on date of publication, 3rd January 2016. Details may change as the year goes on so keep an eye on our jobs page for other entry-level opportunities.
Edelman run a rotational, 12 month Graduate Scheme for anyone who has graduated in the last three years, looking to embark on a career in Marketing and Communications. Graduates rotate across the business giving you the opportunity to experience different practices. Applications for 2016 close on 10th January 2016. Edelman also regularly recruits for entry level roles and internships throughout the year, which don’t require a degree. Keep an eye on their Careers page for more information.
No advertised graduate scheme or internships but Brunswick do take interns on a regular basis. You need to send your CV and a cover letter speculatively to email@example.com. Brunswick have also previously sponsored over 50% of the Taylor Bennett Foundation PR traineeship programmes so keep an eye on the Foundation’s website for news of 2016 sponsorship.
- Hill & Knowlton Strategies
Applicants for the Hill and Knowlton Strategies internships are encouraged to make their applications stand out, so you might want to think of a more creative approach than the standard CV and cover letter for this one. The 2016 graduate scheme hasn’t been announced on the website yet but it’s worth keeping an eye on this page to find out when they’re accepting applications.
- Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick has a 9 month traineeship programme. Deadline for applications is 29th January 2016. All other entry-level roles can be found on their jobs page.
- Bell Pottinger
Bell Pottinger offers paid internships in the majority of their specialisms. Most internships last between two and four weeks, however longer internships are possible. To apply they require a CV and cover letter specifying which division you are interested in working in.
- FTI Consulting
With a number of graduate programmes across a range of practice areas, FTI give plenty of detail on their website in terms of requirements – for example you’re going to need a minimum of a 2:1 to apply there. Most of their schemes are currently not accepting applications with the exception of the Strategic Communications Graduate Programme which is open for applications until 29th Feb. There’s no mention of internships on the FTI website but I suspect they take them so your best bet is to apply speculatively to London.Recruitment@fticonsulting.com. Remember, when you send speculative applications you need to let them know when you are available and what type of work you’re looking for – perm, temp, paid internship, unpaid internship, work experience etc.
- Ogilvy PR
I got a headache trying to work out Ogilvy’s website so well done if you’ve managed to find any information on their PR internships or graduate schemes. I couldn’t find any email contact details for them either so if you want to ask them about opportunities I suspect Twitter may be the way forward. Drop them a tweet and hope for a response.
Freuds offer two week work experience placements – although it’s not clear from their website whether these are paid positions. For permanent entry-level roles send a speculative CV and cover letter to Nicky Vallelly (their talent acquisition manager – that’s recruitment to you and me) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finsbury don’t have advertised graduate or internship schemes but they do take interns and those can turn into permanent entry-level positions if they have a vacancy available and if you deliver work to a really high standard. The best approach is to send a speculative CV and cover letter to email@example.com. Finsbury have also previously sponsored Taylor Bennett Foundation’s diversity PR traineeships for BAME graduates so keep your eyes peeled on the Foundation’s website to see if they sponsor again in 2016.
- MSL Group
There’s no mention of internships or graduates schemes on MSL’s (snazzy but not very informative) website. Send a speculative application to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chime PR agencies
Chime Group offers a good graduate scheme across a range of different agencies. They’re accepting applications now and interviews take place in Feb so get your skates on and apply.
Ketchum has a variety of programmes on offer including the James Maxwell Programme and internships. Applications for the James Maxwell Programme (for both grads and non-graduates) open in January 2016. It’s a twelve-month programme and successful applicants rotate around two of their practice areas for six months each. Following this there is the opportunity to join one of those teams on a permanent basis. They also run paid internships every three months where you’d get the chance to learn the ropes of a PR role in an agency. Application dates for these are Jan, Apr, Jul and Oct. Whilst they don’t guarantee a perm position following an internship, many of their Account Coordinators came through the internship programme.
- Instinctif Partners
Instinctif currently have a number of interns. They are always on the lookout for new talent so also actively encourage people to share their CVs via their email@example.com email address. At present they are also working in partnership with the University of Sussex and the Office of Fair Access on The First Generation Scholar scheme which targets students who come from relatively low income families and are the first person to attend university. They also have a careers page on their website which is regularly updated with roles of all levels which is worth any budding recruits keeping an eye on.
There’s no mention of internships or a graduate scheme on Grayling’s careers page, but there is an email address for speculative applications. Write to Kim Moore at JobsUK@grayling.com
Junior roles are advertised on their website’s careers page, including internships. They don’t have a graduate scheme as far as I know but they do accept speculative applications for internships. Email CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bright Young Things is Golin’s paid internship scheme which takes between four and seven interns for four months. All entry-level positions are hired for through this scheme so if you want to work there, you have to intern there first. There are three intakes a year in January, May and September (they will be taking applications for the May programme in around March time). They also run a PR apprenticeship for school leavers and are recruiting for that right now with a start date of Feb/March.
- FleishmanHillard (merging with Fishburn in 2016 to become FleishmanHillard Fishburn s0 this info may change)
FleishmanHillard accept internship applications all year round and also has a graduate scheme which is accepting applications until 27th February.
- MHP Communications
MHP’s Graduate Scheme is currently open for applications until 11th Jan. Interestingly, they’re supporting ‘name blind recruitment’ to help improve diversity. They also have 8 week internship schemes running and continue to sponsor Taylor Bennett Foundation PR traineeships. MHP is also taking on two apprentices in early 2016 for the first time.
- Cohn & Wolfe
Cohn & Wolfe offer Internships, apprenticeships and graduate schemes all year round. Check out their careers page for more info.
Exposure offers internships (scroll down to the bottom of this page).
- Four Communications
The application deadline has passed for the 2015 Four Communications Graduate Scheme but it’s worth bookmarking the page and making a note in your diary to look it up in the spring to apply for 2016. However, they are currently accepting applications for internships for both graduate and students, and work experience for students in full-time education.
- InVentiv Health
InVentiv (formerly Chandler Chicco) has a graduate scheme – scroll down that webpage page to find it
- The Red Consultancy
Red do take interns fairly regularly, although they rarely advertise them so it’s worth applying speculatively to their (really lovely) HR Manager, Imogen. Entry-level roles do get advertised on Red’s website but if you get an internship and prove yourself, that’s a good way in the door. CV and cover letter is the way to go Imogen.Wierzan@redconsultancy.com The information about their grad scheme will go up on their website in February so keep an eye out for that. They generally look to recruit 8 – 12 graduates between June – September.
Citigate run an annual graduate scheme but haven’t yet confirmed the details for 2016. Please contact head of HR & Operations, Sarah Lawrence at email@example.com for more information, or to send a speculative application.
- Fishburn (merging with Fleishman Hillard in 2016 to become FleishmanHIllard Fishburn so this info may change))
There’s no info on the 2016 trainee programme at Fishburn yet, but the details of the 2015 programme are here so check that out and keep an eye on their website for the launch of this year’s.
Lansons take at least ten trainee executives every year and you can find the details of how to apply on this web page. They also advertise internships there.
- Burson Marsteller
This is a bit exciting; Burson Marsteller offer internships in international offices (click on the internship link on that page) although you must speak the language of that country fluently to be considered. They also have a rolling programme of graduate recruitment across the year taking on between 12 – 15 new or recently qualified graduates each year on an initial twelve-month contract. You will need to submit a CV and covering letter through their careers website
- The Communications Store
The Communications Store accepts internship applications throughout the year. The Communications Store has recently updated its internship scheme so as to allow interns rotations across all its different teams. Internships are paid and TCS is also able to offer central London accommodation as part of the internship package for a lucky few. There is no formal graduate recruitment scheme in operation but entry level Account Executive or Assistant roles are advertised on their website when vacancies arise. A select number of work placements are also available for one to two weeks. All applicants should provide a CV and covering letter and where applicable examples of their work. All applications should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Maitland has no formal scheme but take on maybe three or four graduates a year. They would also look at non-graduates with other skills / qualifications. Most important is evidence of interest in the media, interest in what they do, intelligence and fit. The majority of entry level jobs they have are on the Financial PR side but they also occasionally recruit on the Public Affairs side. There is no particular time when Maitland take people on. It’s driven by when they have a need. They also take paid interns throughout the year. Internships can turn into jobs – it’s happened more than a few times. These can be of different durations. In college holidays they tend to have shorter internships and out of holiday times they are longer. They accept speculative applications throughout the year for both jobs and internships. No one time is better than any other and these are best emailed to email@example.com
Brands2Life – Internships are advertised on their careers page. Brands2Life are continually expanding, and have taken on 16 interns in 2015, 70% of which have already been made permanent. Speculative applications are also encouraged so if you’re keen to work there it’s worth writing to them.
- Porter Novelli
There’s no specific mention of internships or grad schemes on the Porter Novelli website, but they do encourage speculative applications on their careers page.
- The Big Partnership
The Big Partnership advertise junior roles on their careers page as they become vacant but are keen to accept speculative applications too and stress that not all their staff are graduates so that’s good news if you’re a school leaver.
Hotwire no longer have a graduate scheme but do take interns and ask applicants to send their CV and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nelson Bostock Unlimited
Nelson Bostock Unlimited recruits for entry level roles year-round. The main routes to entry are through their work experience programme (which does not require a PR degree or previous experience), their internship programme in partnership with Bournemouth Unversity and occasional assessment days. They have also previously taken part in the PRCA’s apprenticeship scheme. All applications should be director to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hanover Communications
Hanover have a video describing what it’s like to intern there and list vacancies on their webpage.
Buchanan offer work experience as part of their graduate recruitment process. They recruit graduates throughout the year, depending on the needs of the business. Specifically for 2016, graduates should apply by 1st Feb to Nicola Cronk at email@example.com. They always welcome approaches from bright students looking for work experience positions, but they are limited numbers and at no specific time.
Pegasus accepts speculative applications although there’s no specific mention of internships or entry level roles on their website.
- 3 Monkeys Communications
3 Monkeys welcome applications from graduates looking for entry-level roles and also from undergraduates on a PR course who are looking for a placement year.
- Camargue Group
Camargue offer graduate roles, internship and work experience in their offices in London, Birmingham and Cheltenham.
- AXON Communications
AXON advertises its current positions here. No internships or graduate schemes are listed but if you have a science degree and are interested in healthcare PR it’s worth dropping them an email.
- Red Door Unlimited
Red Door ask for speculative applications– send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. RD Unlimited runs an annual graduate training scheme. All applicants must have an honours degree. Applicants can send an email to Liz Ingle (email@example.com) in June. Details will be available on their website from June onwards.
- M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment
There will be no entry-level vacancies in 2016.
- Frank PR
Frank offers a work placement scheme (click Jobs in bottom left corner). For more permanent roles send a speculative application – word on the wind is that Frank PR likes more than a standard CV and cover letter so be creative.
There are no details of jobs or careers at Kreab on their website and their generic email address doesn’t look hopeful either (firstname.lastname@example.org). I worry with those general email addresses that job applications just go into a big black hole. You are better off researching the people on their team page and approaching one of them directly I think. Keep in mind that because they’ve not made it easy for graduates to apply, fewer people are likely to be sending in applications so your CV may have a chance of standing out, but it’ll take a bit of research on your part.
Newgate Communications offers paid internships throughout the year and also has an annual graduate scheme. For both opportunities candidates are asked to submit a CV together with a covering letter explaining which opportunity they wish to apply for and detailing previous experience, achievements and why they want to work for Newgate. This information is then used to select candidates for an assessment day for those that are applying for the Graduate Scheme. The best way to contact Newgate is via email email@example.com or Twitter @NewgateComms or LinkedIn. The Newgate team is always keen to hear from candidates and is always looking for people who are energetic, totally committed to getting results and have an international mind-set. To date, Newgate has taken on two graduates each year since the company formed, two of whom have resulted from internships.
Integrated communications agency LEWIS run a forward-thinking graduate academy in the UK. Applications open in February 2016, but you can register your interest by sending your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
- PPS Group
There are internships and work experience on offer at PPS. Interestingly, they ask for either a written, video or presentation style CV.
Purple’s website has nothing about careers on it, however they have taken interns previously which makes me think a speculative application is worth a go.
- PHA Media
PHA Media offer continual 4 week UNPAID work experience opportunities and a number of 3 month paid internships throughout the year in each of their specialist departments: Creative Strategy; Entrepreneurs & Business; Sales & Marketing; Sport & Leisure; Consumer & Lifestyle; Strategic Communications; Political Strategy; Media Management. PHA also offer quarterly open days where prospective PR professionals can chat to senior members of the team, gain a unique insight into the skills needed to succeed in the industry, and attend a PR masterclass led by one of the many ex-journalists who now work at the agency. Over 50% of PHA’s permanent employees started with there as interns.
Cake do have a jobs page on their website but there’s not enormous amounts of info on it. They recommend you join the Cake Group LinkedIn group to keep informed of vacancies, which you should do, but there’s no harm in sending them a speculative application too.
- APCO Worldwide
APCO’s global internship opportunities are listed on their website here. All other job opportunities are listed here.
- Talk PR
Talk PR have an innovative approach to introducing graduates to PR. They hold regular open days where you get to meet the MD, and hear about a day in the life of a junior PR. They also advertise their junior roles on their careers page. From 2016, they will also be offering 2, 1 year paid university placements, one in their UK consumer team and one in their Global team.
- Mischief PR
Mischief encourages applications from talented individuals. Send your speculative application to email@example.com
Specific vacancies are advertised on their website but Eulogy are always keen to see CVs from prospective candidates, which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. They regularly take interns, so send your CV if you are interested, and annually take on graduates. Applications for Eulogy’s graduate programme usually open between February – April, so keep an eye on their website and Twitter feed for the application guidelines.
- Iris Culture
‘Iris Potential‘ is Iris Culture’s graduate scheme. Applications are taken in the summer to start in the autumn.
= 56. Clarion Communications
Clarion is part of the WPP group so will be part of their fellowship, but it’s worth registering your details on their website for entry-level roles.
Citypress offer two week work experience placements at their offices in Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London. They also offer 12 week internships – these aren’t mentioned on their website but were confirmed to me by their MD.
Salt encourages speculative applications but don’t list internships or graduate schemes specifically.
- Remarkable Group
All roles at Remarkable are advertised here. Whilst they don’t have a formal internship programme, if the opportunity arises they will always advertise on their careers page. For those over the age of 18 looking for somewhere to gain some short term (UNPAID) work experience at Remarkable send your CV and mention the area of the business you are most interested in.
- London Communications Agency
Speculative applications can be sent to Megan Kersse on email@example.com.
- Freshwater UK
Freshwater is committed to providing opportunities for interns in both their Cardiff and London offices. Any new vacancies for internships will be published on their website when they arise throughout 2016. They currently do not have a formal graduate scheme, although I’m told that’s under review so watch this space.
it looks like W do offer work experience but there’s no further info on their website.
- Torque Agency Group
Torque doesn’t have a formal grad scheme as they’re relatively small however they do welcome applications from graduates looking for work placments. They helpfully list all the senior staff on their team page and one of their directors confirmed to me that a direct approach is best.
- Seven Hills
Seven Hills are looking for graduates with intelligence, character and a flair for writing to join their rapidly growing team as Junior Account Executives. To find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
- Pitch PR
Pitch offers both work experience and internships. They also advertise their junior roles here, and encourage speculative applications if there isn’t a vacancy which suits you.
- Berkeley PR
Their most up to date vacancies are on this webpage, although they didn’t mention if they offer internships or a grad scheme.
- Tangerine PR
The Juice Academy is the brainchild of Tangerine PR. Having trained over 120 young people it is the first industry-led social media apprenticeship in the UK. Applications are accepted all year round for quarterly intakes. The apprenticeship entry requirements are: Aged 12 – 23, have a A-C in maths and English GCSE, have no certificate of higher education. It’s a 12 month programme paying £11,500.
- Cirkle Communications
There is a dedicated ‘careers’ page on www.cirkle.com website. Applications should be sent to Board Director, email@example.com. The agency offers paid internships and dozens of work experience placements every year. As a member of the PRCA’s Apprenticeship Scheme, Cirkle still has two of its apprentices working full time at the agency. Cirkle also runs a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style alliance with Bedfordshire University where students present to the agency on live briefs and scores contribute to their degree mark.
- Smarts Illuminate
Smarts don’t have any careers info on their website so a speculative application is your only option.
There’s no graduate scheme listed on their website but it’s worth keeping an eye on their jobs page where they do sometimes advertise for internships.
- Camron Public Relations
There’s no career info on the Camron website, so you best bet is probably sending a speculative application directly to someone on their London team page.
- Splendid Communications
Splendid offer a ‘Splendid Futures’ intern programme with up to five new paid openings every three months. 25% of their staff joined the company after interning there. To apply send a CV to Bethany@splendidcomms.com
- Nexus Communications
Nexus encourages speculative approaches. Send CVs & covering email to Connect@Nexuspr.com. New talent is always of interest!
- Luchford APM
Luchford is currently recruiting for UNPAID PR interns to work under their property, travel or luxury and lifestyle teams on a two-to-three month basis, with potential for extension for the right candidate. To apply send your CV and covering letter to Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Golley Slater PR
Golley Slater provides regular placements to students on relevant courses through partnerships with Cardiff University, Swansea University and University of South Wales. In addition, every summer they run a number of paid one-month internships. The application period is open in April/May. They are always happy to receive speculative inquiries for internships and graduate entry positions to any of their offices.
Unity offers paid internships and many interns go on to Account Assistant roles. They also pay a 5% golden hello, which is a nice touch.
PLMR offer perm roles, paid internships and work experience opportunities. Details of those, when they’re available, can be found here.
- Aspectus PR
There are no details of internships or grad schemes on their webpage, but they encourage speculative applications.
- The Whiteoaks Consultancy
Whiteoaks runs a structured graduate programme and offers paid internships. The consultancy also offers work experience placements and welcomes anyone hungry for a challenging and rewarding career in PR. Entry-level candidates who show promise are frequently fast-tracked onto development plans to ensure talent is nurtured from within the company. Current vacancies are regularly updated on the website and can be found here but the consultancy is always keen to hear from candidates of all levels. Interested applicants can get in touch here
3 month paid (hurrah!) internships are offered at Hope & Glory. Lots of useful information on their website here.
There are no internships or grad schemes on Bellenden’s website but they do list the senior team so do your research and send a focused speculative application.
- Willoughby PR
WPR post all current vacancies here: http://wpragency.co.uk/vacancies and CVs for work experience can be sent to email@example.com
- Westbourne Communications
There’s no careers info on the Westbourne website, but there is a team page so find the most appropriate person to write to and apply speculatively.
- Incisive Health
Incisive has an internship scheme which pays the London Living Wage and you can apply for it here.
- Curtin & Co
There’s no careers info on Curtin’s website, but the team page lists all the senior staff so do your research, find the most appropriate person to write to and apply speculatively.
- Interel UK
Interel list all their vacancies, including trainee roles, here. There’s no specific mention of internships or a graduate scheme though so it’s worth sending a speculative application.
- Insight Consulting Group
ICG offer great research internships and promise formalised feedback, which is really useful when you’re trying to work out what you’re good at and where you need to improve.
- JBP Associates
JBP offers three-month internships in its London office, and a rolling work experience programme in its Bristol office.
- Four Broadgate
Four Broadgate runs a summer internship programme. It also encourages speculative applications from graduates for entry-level roles and you can find details of both opportunities here.
- Madano Partnership
Madano’s website sends you to their LinkedIn page for job opportunities but there’s nothing specifically about graduate roles or internships. However, they do have a team page so it might be worth dropping a speculative application to someone directly.
- Racepoint Global
Racepoint advertise all roles, including entry-level and internships, here.
- William Murray Communications
William Murray encourages speculative applications. Send a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rostrum Communications
At the moment Rostrum take on up to three interns at the time and accept applications throughout the year – though usually have a three month waiting list so getting in touch sooner rather later will always lead to the best results. A standard internship with them will last for four weeks and for the intern’s support they commit to paying above the minimum wage. Interested applicants should send their CV and a cover letter to Michael email@example.com who if interested will get in touch to arrange a phone interview.
Wildcard advertise their junior roles on their careers page. There’s no mention of internships but there is an email address for speculative applications – that goes to an actual person, so that’s a good sign.
- Finn Communications
Finn are working with Leeds Beckett University to offer a year-long internship in 2016. Their interns are paid and get to learn valuable PR skills, working alongside all their teams – corporate, consumer, creative and content, and digital. On top of this, they are always looking for talent and love meeting proactive candidates who we consider for internships of two weeks plus.
- Synergy Sponsorship
Synergy offers 2 – 4 week paid work experience placements and in 2015 they hired across the year.
There’s in info on grad schemes or internships on Lucre’s website so a speculative application is probably your best bet.
Zeno don’t have any details of internships or grad schemes on their website, although they do list all their job openings here and encourage speculative applications.
Kaper are always on the look out for bright, talented and curious individuals. The best thing is to email a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Threepipe encourage speculative applications from graduates looking to gain hands-on experience in PR, digital and social media.
Brazen run a full graduate intake programme and welcome applications from all walks of life. To apply send an email to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the enquiry form on the website.
There’s no mention of grad schemes or internships on Kaizo’s website but they encourage speculative applications here.
- Richmond Towers Communications
Richmond Towers takes paid interns and work experience and those vacancies will be advertised on their careers page. To apply email email@example.com
- Eskenzi PR
Eskenzi doesn’t have a careers page on their website. There’s a generic email address here, but do your research and find the best person to write to before sending a speculative application.
- Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry take on two interns from Bournemouth University’s PR course each year but they also encourage people to get in touch about internships via firstname.lastname@example.org
- FWD Consulting
FWD don’t run an internship or graduate scheme but do accept speculative applications. Send CV and cover letter to email@example.com
SE10 don’t list internship opportunities on their website and currently there are no vacancies in their London office, but they do encourage speculative applications here. In 2015 they took on several interns and graduates.
- Man Bites Dog
All vacancies including internships and grad level entry roles are listed on their website here.
- Connect Public Affairs
No careers info on the Connect website, but the team is listed with their email addresses so it’s easy for you to find the right person to write to speculatively.
- Champollion Group
Speculative applications are welcome here.
=111. Say Communications
Say Communications invites applications for both placements and internships of four weeks or more in both its technology and healthcare teams. Applicants are encouraged to specify whether they would prefer to be placed with the technology or healthcare practice in their initial email. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. A number of past placements/interns have gone on to secure Junior Account Executive positions at Say. In addition, any current vacancies are advertised on the Join us page.
=111 Wyatt International
Wyatt International encourages speculative applications from graduates here.
- Roche Communications
Roche don’t have careers info on the website but the team page lists all the staff if you want to try a direct approach and speculative applications are encouraged here.
- Bottle PR
Bottle PR don’t mention grad schemes or internships on their website but they do encourage speculative applications here.
- The PR Office
The PR Office accepts work experience applications here.
- Chameleon PR
Chameleon offer UNPAID internships. Speculative applications are encouraged here.
- The Whitehouse Consultancy
The Whitehouse Consultancy runs a paid internship programme. Apply here. In addition to their regular internships, Whitehouse also run an annual four-week work experience programme for school leavers from BaME background. Students are paid the NLW. 2015 was their first year and it was only limited to schools in Lambeth but they hope to extend it to other boroughs in 2016. Please see below the link to this year’s programme. Applications will be opening in July.
- 3×1 Public Relations
Applications for work experience are welcomed and can be submitted here. They regularly have students and graduates on placements.
- Local Dialogue
There are no graduate opportunities or internships mentioned on the website, but speculative applications are encouraged here.
- Touchdown PR
Touchdown PR recruits four graduates a year (the MD tells me that in 2015 they had 70 applicants for those roles so that gives you an idea of how stiff competition is for PR roles at a graduate level) and the selection process will start in May. They pay a competitive salaries and you’d be on full benefits including an annual allowance of £1,500 to use against external learning and development courses. They have offices in Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, San Francisio and Austin Texas and in 2014 grads took business trips overseas – Boston, Munich and Amersterdam – as part of the job. If you’re interested in applying, please send your CV and cover letter to email@example.com
- The PR Network
The PR Network is very different from the other agencies listed as it’s a global virtual agency staffed by senior independent freelancers and managed by senior ex-agency directors from Bite, Red, Citigate etc. As such, there is currently little scope for interns or grads, but certainly one to consider once you’ve got a little more experience and are looking to go it on your own (they typically work with freelancers with upwards of 10 years experience).
Firstlight are recruiting for a three month paid graduate internship, with the possibility of a permanent role at the end of it. Apply here.
- Babel PR
Babel is currently recruiting graduates for an immediate start as well as recruiting for 2016 candidates. Apply online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Focus PR
Focus encourages speculative applications here (in the blue box in the bottom left hand corner) They ask for 250 words or fewer along with your CV.
MRM doesn’t list internships or graduate schemes on the website, but helpfully it does list the senior team with their LinkedIn profiles making it easy for you to connect and enquire about entry-level opportunities.
- Marlin PR
Marlin doesn’t have a careers page on their website but there is a contact email here so it’s worth dropping them a speculative application.
- Third City
Third City don’t have a seasonal grad scheme but they post opportunities on their website and on Twitter.
- Midas Public Relations
Midas aren’t currently recruiting interns or graduates and there’s no mention of entry-level roles on their website. The team page is here though, so worth finding the right person and enquiring speculatively.
- Atomic PR
Atomic is now part of Grayling – see listing number 14.
- The Ideas Network
There are no advertised graduate schemes or internships at The Ideas Network but they do take interns on a regular basis. You need to send your CV and a cover letter speculatively to email@example.com
- Dynamo PR
Dynamo offers a paid short-term internship (usually 2 months) and this runs throughout the year so they are always on the look out for keen applicants wanting to gain more experience of PR. They generally recruit for their junior roles through their internship program and grads on their graduate programme who show creativity and a passion for our industry and the company. Interestingly, they ask for a personalised cover letter and that’s a good rule of thumb for entry-level applications at every agency.
- BSC Agency
There’s no mention of internships or a grad scheme on the BSC website but there is a careers page so it’s worth dropping them a speculative application.
- Spark Communications
Speculative graduate applications are encouraged here.
Claremont takes on apprentices every year, but only advertise specific opportunities. The company is expected to announce the 2016 plans later this spring. Interested candidates can sign up to get email updates via the website to ensure they don’t miss out on announcements. Claremont is also considering offering internships at the moment, but the company will only offer them if it feels they will provide a meaningful opportunity to the young person, are paid London Living Wage and comply with the PRCA’s internships code of conduct. The generic email address for CVs listed on the Claremont website is monitored closely and they reply to genuine and relevant speculative enquiries.
Acceleris encourage speculative applications and are current recruiting for a PR Exec/Office Administrator.
- Clarity PR
Clarity doesn’t have a formal internship programme but they are looking to add 1-2 interns to their London office in the next couple of months. Details of those roles will go on their website in January and interns will get to participate in many aspects of their high growth tech campaigns with the possibility of a full-time role as they are continuing to expand in 2016.
- Intelligent Conversation (previously Judge & Howard)
No graduate or internship opportunities listed on the website but speculative applications are encouraged here.
- Proactive International
Proactive list all their vacancies on their careers page, and are currently recruiting for a Junior Account Executive position. For speculative applications send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pagoda Public Relations
No graduate schemes or internships are listed on the website, but all the senior team are here so look them up and write a speculative application.
- Influential Agency
Influential offers paid internships and work experience. Send your CV and covering letter to email@example.com
iseepr offer work experience placements throughout the year and are flexible on frequency and duration. A number of students who have undertaken work experience in the last few years have secured full time roles. Speculative invitations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and their new website, due to be launched soon, will have a recruitment page with work experience and vacancy details listed.
- The Academy
The Academy offer a rolling 3 month paid internship and welcome applications from talented and ambitious people.
DTW doesn’t list internships or entry-level graduate roles on its website but speculative applications are encouraged here.
- Context PR
Context encourages applications from graduates for paid internships or permanent roles here.
CubanEight has a careers page on its website. It doesn’t specifically mention internships or grad roles but it does encourage speculative applications.
- Target PR
Target PR offers work experience placements and advertises junior vacancies here.
- Jargon PR
Since they launched five years ago, Jargon PR has run a graduate scheme taking a single student for a 12 month placement, usually commencing around July/August each year. In 2016 the agency will take two placement students, one for each UK office in London and Hampshire. Jargon PR ideally like their placement students to by studying PR, however they have hired from different course backgrounds including journalism and marketing. The 12 month placement is fast paced and exciting, students are involved in a broad range of UK and international client campaigns. To apply please e-mail Jennifer Hartle at: email@example.com
- de Winter
There’s no specific mention of internships or grad roles on deWinter’s website, but speculative applications are encouraged here.
The CommsCo offers a varied and challenging internship programme which offers successful applicants the opportunity to experience what PR agency life is really like. All current vacancies are listed on The CommsCo’s Team Page.
- Tin Man Communications
Tin Man actively hires interns and grads and are always looking for talented people to join the team. You can send your speculative applications here. In 2016, they’ll also be implementing an apprenticeship.
- Carr Consulting & Communications
Carr is a relatively small company so doesn’t have a formal internship or graduate scheme but it does list the senior team here and they are happy to receive speculative applications.
Not in the top 150 but worth noting:
Full details of their graduate scheme can be found on their website. Deadline for applications is 31st January 2016.
In-house internships (sent to me by previous interns at these firms)
Hounslow Council, occasionally take on interns and the best way to be considered is to email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV and cover letter.