Join Our Summer Stars Work Placement Programme

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The Taylor Bennett Foundation Summer Stars programme has been designed specifically with school leavers, current students and recent graduates in mind.

100% of candidates who took part in Summer Stars 2018 would recommend the Taylor Bennett Foundation Summer Stars programme to others.

It will kick off with a week of lectures to give you a solid grounding and understanding of the PR industry, including a beginner’s guide and insights into different strands of the business from leading PR professionals, and much more.

Then you will be placed in a leading PR agency or communications team for a four-week placement, paid minimum wage.


APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 WILL OPEN SPRING 2019
The Summer Stars lectures will be held from Monday 24th – Friday 28th June 2019 at London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle. You must then be available to attend a paid work placement for the four following weeks.

Please check back in Spring 2019 when the application form will be available here.

If you have any questions please email catriona@taylorbennettfoundation.org.


INTRODUCTION TO THE SUMMER STARS WORK PLACEMENT PROGRAMME
• The Summer Stars work placement programme offers school leavers, students and recent graduates (within three years of graduating) the opportunity to attend an intensive week of lectures, given by leading professionals in the PR industry, followed by a four week work placement.

• You will be matched with a work placement that suits you according to your application form.

• There is no promise of employment at the end of the programme, but participants will have an invaluable to network, gain experience and expand their knowledge and understanding of the PR industry.


IS THE SUMMER STARS WORK PLACEMENT PROGRAMME FOR YOU?
• The programme is for BAME school leavers (aged 18 and over) and students as well as those who have graduated in the last 3 years.

• You should have an interest in pursuing a career in public relations or corporate communications but are not required to have any previous experience in this industry.

• You must be available from 24th – 28th June 2019 and for the four following weeks, for a full time work placement in London.

• You will indicate which sectors and disciplines you are interested in on your application, and then be allocated an appropriate work placement by our selection team.

• You will be paid at least minimum wage for the five weeks of the programme.

• You must be enthusiastic and committed to the programme and ready to make the most out of the opportunity to intern in the PR sector and network with PR professionals.


THE SUMMER STARS LECTURES

The Summer Stars lectures are an intensive week of lectures designed especially for aspiring and junior PR professionals. In 2018 we hosted seventeen different lectures covering topics from ‘The History of PR’ to ‘Crisis Management’, ‘Internal Communications’, ‘Measurement and Evaluation’ and many more.

The lectures were a hit with both the students and employers, who stated it gave their intern the knowledge and background to hit the ground running at their placement.

100% of candidates from Summer Stars 2018 stated that they found the Taylor Bennett Foundation Summer Stars lectures useful.

“The lectures helped me understand all aspects of PR and media. I learnt so much from all the speakers and industry experts. I was able to transfer the things I learnt from the lecture in to my work placement.”

More details about the lectures will be available in early 2019