As part of the GCS commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, the GCS Internship supports a culture of better representation, better representing the communities which we serve by supporting talented individuals from all backgrounds to join us. The scheme is 6 to 12 weeks long and gives interns the opportunity to gain experience across a range of communication disciplines within the GCS. This year we received over 1,000 applications for the scheme and over 50 applicants have secured internship opportunities across 24 departments.
Last week, we welcomed this year’s cohort of interns through a virtual induction over Zoom. The session included an introduction from Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communications. Alex shared his insights on why the scheme is so important to him and led a discussion covering government campaigns to strategic comms and the future of the profession. This was followed by hints and tips from three of our previous interns, Jade Atkinson, Tanaye Reid and Jacob Unwin who have secured permanent roles in the GCS.
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), most of the interns have started their placements remotely and Jamie Carver, who was placed in the Scotland Office, has reflected on the new ways of working:
“Working in the Scotland Office press team is a really rewarding experience that is fast paced but also challenging. The majority of the internship has been delivered digitally and I’ve learnt the importance of good communication so that you can stay in the loop whilst working in a remote environment”.
“My team has been so helpful in settling me in despite the circumstances allowing me to gain confidence in my new role. Overall I’ve already learnt a lot in both terms of knowledge and skill development which has been constantly reinforced by the GCS Academy. It’s an incredible opportunity which is already building the foundations for a career in communications”.
Kohinoor Meghji, Head of HR and Workforce Strategy for the GCS, notes the importance of the internship and supporting new talent during these uncertain times:
“During a time where many organisations have cancelled their internships, I am so proud to see the GCS commitment to continuing this initiative over Summer. Thank you to all GCS managers for your flexible approach, bringing on interns to your team, and supporting them especially during this unprecedented time”.
“We know first hand what a difference this scheme can make – we have seen brilliant interns come back to build their comms career, and it absolutely makes a difference in giving young people paid employment and a unique experience to build their careers”.
Find out more about the GCS internship programme.
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