Several organizations in the United Kingdom are banding together to call for more diversity in hiring public relations interns.
The campaign, “PR Internships for All,” calls on the top 25 member agencies of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) to hire (and pay) interns from diverse backgrounds for at least one month.
The latest to join the push is Leeds Metropolitan University’s business school. Its senior PR lecturer, Robert Minton-Taylor, had this to say to BDaily
PR Internships For All will give students a real opportunity to contribute to the success and vitality of the PR industry with the best PRCA member agencies in the country rather than being seen as a source of cheap labour. It’s a win-win situation.
So far, 14 organizations have said they will offer paid internships to students outside of the Russell Group of universities (the U.K.’s top colleges, including Oxford and Cambridge).
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According to PRWeek
, these agencies will:
• hire a set number of paid interns from universities outside the Russell Group over the next 12 months
• hire a minimum of three interns for agencies with fewer than 100 employees
• hire a minimum of five interns for agencies with between 100 and 200 employees
• hire a minimum of ten interns for agencies with more than 200 employees
• hire all interns for at least a month
• pay all interns at least the National Minimum Wage
Providing further insight into the state of industry internships, PRCA also shared this infographic