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+).

To host a virtual internship - APPLY HERE!

Due to COVID-19, the Summer Stars programme is postponed from its usual end of June start date.

The bootcamp and internships will take place this year, but in a virtual format. There will be two days of online masterclasses, week beginning 20th July (exact dates to be confirmed).

Virtual internships will begin from Monday 27th July.

The masterclasses provide our Summer Stars interns with the opportunity to build their knowledge of the industry before they begin their virtual internships. Internships last a minimum of 4 weeks and although virtual, will still be paid.

The programme has gone from strength to strength, starting it’s pilot year in 2018 with 34 placements, which we increased to 47 in 2019.

The 2020 programme will be smaller, but we are thankful to the employers taking part this year to offer our candidates the opportunity to gain invaluable experience.

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

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, IAG (International Airlines Group), 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)

Applications are now open for Summer Stars 2020. If you are interested in offering a virtual internship through the Taylor Bennett Foundation, apply here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our programme manager Catriona [email protected]