Policy and Communications Micro-Internship with The Heritage Alliance

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Applications are now open for Oxford University students to undertake a week-long policy and communications micro-internship with the The Heritage Alliance in December 2020. The project will run in 9th week of Michaelmas Term (week commencing 7 December 2020).


Do you want to work at the heart of heritage policy? Are you passionate about the heritage sector?  The Heritage Alliance unites over 150 independent heritage organisations in England as a powerful, effective and independent advocate for heritage. We bring together independent heritage organisations from the National Trust, English Heritage, Canal & River Trust and Historic Houses, to more specialist bodies representing visitors, owners, volunteers, professional practitioners, funders and educationalists. 

Through this micro-internship, you will see an exciting and varied workload. It could see you help prepare a response to a Government consultation, attend meetings with Historic England or other key partners, update our website or write for our fortnightly newsletter. You will also experience the administrative tasks that keep our organisation going such as researching the heritage related interests of MPs, organising and minuting meetings and communicating with our member organisations. 

Your tasks may cover:

  • Supporting the Policy and Projects Officer in developing a framework for the next Heritage Alliance report on Diversity;
  • Researching a wide range of policy briefs affecting the Alliance’s members when possible;
  • Writing for the Alliance’s fortnightly e-bulletin Heritage Update;
  • Managing our social media accounts; and
  • Digitally attending key stakeholder meetings and taking minutes.

You will be supervised by our Policy and Projects Officer who has been seconded in from the Civil Service and together you will identify objectives for your week-long placement. You will also have the chance to work alongside our Policy and Communications team and attend staff meetings.

Please note, you will need to provide your own laptop.

This micro-internship will give you the opportunity to gain demonstrable experience in policy, communication and research, whilst also gaining insight into the breadth of the heritage sector.

Candidates will be considered from any academic discipline.

You will need to demonstrate:

  • An interest in the heritage sector and the policy/political environment;
  • Strong communication skills - including good written English;
  • Motivation, enthusiasm and a good team spirit;
  • Attention to detail and strong analytical ability;
  • Excellent organisational skills; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

For more information and to apply, log in to the Careers Service website with your SSO.

Students are asked to provide:

  • A CV
  • A personal statement, explaining both why they are interested in the placement and the organisation, and why they would be well-suited to the post


Deadline: Monday 26th October 2020, 12:00pm midday

Number of positions: 2

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