Our Summer Stars internship programme, which launched in 2018, offers paid internships in agencies and in-house communications teams for BAME students, graduates and school leavers (18+).

The Summer Stars programme kicks off with a 3 day intensive PR & Communications bootcamp at the end of June. The boot camp provides our Summer Stars interns with the opportunity to build their knowledge of the industry, before heading out into the workplace. Internships last a minimum of 4 weeks and can last up to a year.

The programme has gone from strength to strength, starting it’s pilot year in 2018 with 34 placements, which we increased to 48 in 2019. We hope 2020 will be the best year yet!

2019 agencies and in-house comms teams supporting our Summer Stars programme are:

Action for Children, Aequitas, Aspectus Group, Barclays Brunswick Group, Buchanan CityPress, Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Facebook FleishmanHillard Fishburn, Freud Communications, Gemma Bell and Company, Hackney Council, Hanover, Hume Brophy, iAir/British Airways, Imperial War Museums, Islington Council, Kekst CNC, Land Securities, Launch, MOO Print Ltd, Pagefield PR, Performance Communications, Porter Novelli Limited, Public Relations & Communications Association (PRCA), Ready10, Red Consultancy, Smith & Nephew, Stand Agency, Sutton, Teneo, The Academy, The Carlyle Group, The Octopus Group, Third City, Thread and Bloom, V&A Museum and W2O Group.

The Summer Stars programme meets a real need in our industry, enabling BAME candidates to get hands-on experience of PR in all its differing forms in a wide range of organisations.  I have been so impressed with the quality of the candidates coming through the programme – they are passionate and determined, and absolutely deserve the head-start Summer Stars gives them.  I would encourage any business that wants to foster diversity in its communications operation to get in touch with the Taylor Bennett Foundation ASAP!
- Paul Lockstone, Managing Director, Corporate Communications, Group at Barclays (Participated in Taylor Bennett Foundation Summer Stars 2018 & 2019)

If you are interested in hosting a Summer Star intern in 2020 please get in touch with our programme manager Catriona [email protected]