Internship | Portland Local Unit 

The Company

  • We think our people are the best in the business.
  • From developing and executing local engagement campaigns, to delivering corporate, financial and political communications, they are trusted advisors to some of the world’s biggest and most respected companies.
  • Everyone who works here is ambitious, not just for themselves, but for their clients.
  • They are driven by a desire to deliver results that exceed expectations and to continuously seek new insights, experience and expertise.
  • We believe it is the calibre of our people and the quality of their work that has fuelled our growth.
  • Today, our people are delivering for our clients around the world from our offices in London, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Singapore, Washington, Nairobi and Doha.
  • We are now seeking an exceptional, like-minded executive to play a pivotal role at the heart of Portland’s Local team.
  • This role sits within our Local practice, part of our wider Corporate team.

The Opportunity

  • A dedicated unit within Portland. Portland Local is focused on helping clients protect their reputations and achieve their goals through engagement at the local level.
  • We develop the strategies and deploy the campaigns that help our clients to engage effectively with local and regional decision makers as well as the communities that influence them.
  • Our expertise ranges from contentious planning applications and major infrastructure projects, through to grassroots campaigning, local media and stakeholder engagement.
  • As an Intern/Executive, you will be responsible for executing short and long-term campaigns for your clients and contributing to the development of their overall communications strategy.
  • You will have day to day contact with clients and establish a long-term relationship with them based on their ability to trust in the quality of your judgement and delivery.
  • Through your interest in the news agenda, local government, planning and development and, most importantly, the issues that matter to them, clients will be impressed by the proactive opportunities and threats that you spot.
  • The quality of your written work will mean that the majority of materials are ‘client-ready’ and meet the brief set in terms of tone, length and accuracy.
  • Beyond the work that you undertake for existing clients, you will play an important role in the team’s future growth through your contribution to our new business process, helping to identify prospective opportunities, and supporting the development and delivery of pitches.
  • Beyond client and new business work, you will be a valued member of Portland’s wider Corporate team, ‘pitching in’ wherever help is needed and contributing to activities from brainstorms and event planning to drafting entries for Portland’s blog.

You must

  • Exhibit knowledge of and interest in the UK political landscape, including local government, planning and development and how this impacts clients.
  • Be able to demonstrate an appetite for delivering high quality local communications campaigns which achieve their objectives.

What we offer in return

  • We have an unrivalled strategic counsel; a group that has held some of the hottest seats in politics and the media, from Communications Secretary to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, to Political Editor of The Sun, and Director of Communications at No.10.
  • Our clients benefit from their experience and expertise, but so do our people.
  • We are committed to their development and have an open doors culture. Both through your client work, and through the structured training programme delivered by our strategic counsel, you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced people in the business.
  • In addition, every person that works at Portland is eligible for our annual profit share. When we do well, all of our people share in that success.
  • Our remuneration package also includes a wide range of employee benefits, such as our competitive pension scheme, company contribution to gym membership, annual bonus scheme and much more!

How to apply 

Full details on the role (including how to apply) can be found here

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 20th January 2021

Please mention in your application that you heard about this opportunity through the Taylor Bennett Foundation.