Intern/Executive (Health Team) 

Company Description

Portland is a fully integrated communications consultancy trusted by some of the highest profile organizations, governments and individuals in the world with global offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels Washington DC, Singapore, Doha and Nairobi, as well as in London.

We are pioneers in integrated communications campaigns help clients manage their reputation, improve their visibility and media coverage – and deliver global communications campaigns across multiple platforms.

Our teams of experienced and multilingual consultants invest time to understand clients from the inside out, work with them to set clear strategic direction, and then bring the whole of Portland’s abilities to bear to deliver their objectives.

At Portland we never rest on our laurels; we constantly strive to improve our work and be at the forefront of the industry.


The team:

The health team devises and implements communications and public affairs programmes for both UK and EU/global clients. We are a team of specialists all with different communications and public affairs backgrounds which means we’re able to select the best people to work on specific bits of business, depending on our client’s needs.

Globally, we typically work across strategic consultancy and message development, corporate communications, advocacy, media relations, media training, issues and crisis management, digital and social media, integrated campaigning, creative campaigns, patient and professional engagement, market access / patient education and disease awareness.

In the UK we also support Health Technology Appraisal communications, political strategy and engagement.

The role:

We are looking for an Intern/Executive to join our team, working with global/EU and UK clients and across both communications and public affairs.

We are looking for people with a passion for working in the health sector, and who are excited to work on interesting media angles and tough policy challenges. We don’t expect you to know the sector inside out already but a demonstrated interest in the health and life science landscape and/or UK politics and media is required.

Key responsibilities:

  • Supporting the coordination and management of client relationships and account delivery
  • Drafting a range of materials from press releases and opinion articles to political briefings, stakeholder letters and policy reports
  • Helping to devise and manage proactive and reactive media engagement strategies, including supporting media sell-ins
  • Monitoring political, parliamentary, media and social media activity and working with colleagues to provide insight and analysis for clients
  • Drafting creative content such as backgrounders, infographics etc, including researching information, supporting managing the design process, referencing and providing support to secure client approval
  • Helping to organise and coordinate events and political or media contact programmes
  • Participating in pitches for new business, including research and proposal writing


Qualifications, skills and competencies:

  • Have a degree (with a minimum of a 2:2)

You must:

  • Have a good feel for communications work, with an interest in the health sector news agenda and some experience of media handling.
  • Have an interest in how health policy intersects with politics and the media.
  • Be organised and proactive, with the ability to manage your own workload.
  • Be able to analyse information and provide concise insight to tight deadlines with accuracy and relevance for a range of audiences.
  • Be logical, quick and flexible in the appraisal of problems.
  • Be able to communicate confidently with Portland staff, clients and other stakeholders.


  • Previous agency experience is desired but not necessary if you can demonstrate experience of public affairs research, working in a press office, managing social media channels etc.

What we offer in return

  • We are committed to employee development and have an open doors culture where you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced people in the business. We regularly reward and promote success, and actively encourage staff to take on new challenges and responsibilities to aid progression.
  • Our remuneration package also includes our competitive pension contributions, private healthcare life assurance cover, company contribution to gym membership, wellbeing workshops and activities, company parties and much, much more!
  • At Portland we take a flexible approach to work and encourage our colleagues to do the same. All our roles are open to flexible working requests and we will consider all options during our recruitment process. This includes but is not limited to: flexible hours, home working, compressed hours and job sharing.
  • In addition, every permanent member of staff that works at Portland is eligible for our industry leading annual profit share. When Portland thrives, all of our people share in that success.

How to apply

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

Other information

Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications we receive it is not possible to respond directly to all applicants, only to those whose candidacy is being pursued. In addition, the length of the recruitment process varies based on the vacancy needs. Traditionally, the process takes approximately 3-4 weeks. Therefore, your patience is greatly appreciated.

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