UK Public Affairs Intern

About Whitehouse

Whitehouse Communications is an issues led communications agency, specialising in public affairs, policy analysis, media relations and crises communications. We advise clients on how to effectively and positively engage with key the decision makers of Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and local government.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our UK Public Affairs team for a 3-month internship.

The role is based in London and Whitehouse operates a hybrid working policy.

Job Description

  • Monitoring political institutions including the daily Parliamentary papers, Hansard, forthcoming business of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, transcripts of debates, legislation, written and oral questions and the other proceedings of Parliament, and highlighting issues of note for clients and circulating information internally as appropriate.
  • Monitoring government departments and public policy announcements, consultations, calls for evidence and press releases, and highlighting issues of relevance for clients.
  • Monitoring the devolved political institutions as required.
  • Responsibility for weekly or regular monitoring documents and update emails to clients.
  • Preparing and updating comprehensive stakeholder lists and acting as a central reference point for all databases and contact lists; providing clients and staff members with biographies of Parliamentarians and officials as necessary.
  • Supporting consultants in the drafting of briefings, policy audits, research papers and select committee submissions and consultation responses for clients under guidance from your line manager.
  • Drafting correspondence to key Parliamentarians and officials and chasing for responses.
  • Scheduling meetings between MPs, officials and clients, and preparing briefing packs ahead of meetings.
  • Supporting in the organisation and delivery of events such as seminars, roundtable discussions and Parliamentary receptions as requested under guidance from your line manager.
  • Conducting research on a variety of policy and regulatory issues to support client work and new business.
  • Attending and providing reports on relevant meetings or hearings.
  • Supporting internal communications where our role is to provide Secretariat services to a trade body or other coalition of companies and organisations.
  • Supporting the team in the promotion of Whitehouse via social media, blogs, etc.
  • Joint responsibility for office administration tasks in conjunction with other staff members and in support of the Operations team.
  • Any other tasks as required.

Core Competencies and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • An ability to understand how policy decisions are taken and to relay this information internally to client leads.
  • Experience of summarising complex policy matters in a short space of time.
  • Understanding of the workings of Parliament and a basic understanding of how to use Parliamentary levers for influence.
  • Good organisational and time management skills.
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and familiar with relevant Parliamentary programmes and search engines.
  • An enthusiasm for politics and desire to work in political communications.
  • Native or fluent English (any other languages an asset).

Terms and conditions

We offer an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment.  We are also looking for someone to start as soon as possible.

  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays (pro-rated);
  • Will receive the London Living Wage;
  • Wellness app subscription;
  • Hybrid working model.
  • A sociable team – regular team social with drinks and snacks provided

At Whitehouse, we stand for making a difference. We’re proud to have worked with organisations that are making a truly positive impact in the world, working pro bono for good causes and championing diversity and inclusion in our company culture.

Whitehouse is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and to make full use of the talents and resources of all employees and to provide a healthy environment that will encourage good and productive working operations within the organisation.  You and any job applicant will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (“Protected Characteristics”).

Application process

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to: recruitment@whitehousecomms.com . Applications should be sent with ‘Public Affairs Intern’ as subject line and no later than 16th September 2022. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.