Intern Campaign

In October 2011 the PRCA launched a campaign with PR Week to end the practice of unpaid internships as part of the association’s commitment to raising standards in all areas of the PR industry.

Deputy Prime Minister supports PRCA - PR Week Campaign to end unpaid internships

Intern Guidelines

The PRCA Intern Guidelines form part of our wider campaign to end unpaid internships. Produced by our the PRCA and its membership for the wider PR and communications industry, the Guidelines explain how much interns should be paid and why. It also provides valuable information regarding the selection process, how to structure an internship, and how to treat interns.

The Guidelines are also valuable to aspiring PR interns who want to know how to prepare for an interview, and how to make the most of their internship opportunities.

The Guidelines can be downloaded here: PRCA Intern Guidelines

If you would like to order a hard copy, please visit our Publications Page

Organisations that pay interns at least the National Minimum Wage

The following consultancies and in-house teams commit to paying their interns at least the National Minimum Wage. If you would like to join the list please contact Nicholas Dunn-McAfee.

  Organisation   Website
  4CM Ltd
  AD Communications
  Admiral PR
  Aduro Communications
  APCO Worldwide
  Bell Pottinger
  The BIG Partnership
  Bite Communications
  Bottle PR
  Calacus Public Relations
  Capella PR
  Carrot Communications
  CC Group
  Champion Communications Ltd.
  Claremont Communications
  Clareville Communications
  Clementine Communications
  Clive Reeves Public Relations Ltd.
  CM Porter Novelli
  Cohn and Wolfe
  Communications Management
  Connect Communications
  Copper Consultancy
  Crunch Communications
  Curtin & Co
  Diffusion PR
  EML Wildfire
  ENS Ltd.
  FieldHouse Associates
  Forster Communications
  Four Broadgate 
  Fourth Day Public Relations
  Frank PR
  Freshwater UK
  Freud Communications
  Genesis PR
  Golin Harris
  Golley Slater 
  Good Relations
  Haggie Partners
  Havas PR
  H+K Strategies
  Hopscotch Consulting
  Insight Public Affairs
  International Fur Trade Federation (In-House)
  Jargon PR
  JFL Search and Selection (In-House)
  John Doe Communications
  John Lewis
  Juice PR
  KAM Communications/medeuronet UK Ltd.
  Kantar Media (In-House)
  Lewis PR
  Linstock Communications Ltd.
  Liz Male Consulting
  Lodestone Communications
  London Communications Agency
  MHP Communications
  McKenna Townsend
  Montage Communications
  MSL London
  Muckle Media
  Munro & Forster
  Napier Partnership
  NC Creative Group
  Nelson Bostock Group
  Newgate Communications
  Newgate Threadneedle
  Octopus Group
  onechocolate communications
  Ogilvy PR
  Pegasus Public Relations Ltd.
  Peregrine Communications
  PHA Media and recruitment page
  Platform PR
  PLMR Ltd
  Porta Communications
  Porter Novelli
  Portfolio Communications
  Portland Communications
  Push PR Ltd.
  Quantum PR
  Recognition PR
  Red Consultancy
  Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
  Richmond Towers
  Rostrum Communications
  Salix & Co
  Scott Parnership
  See.Saw Communications
  Sheffield Hallam University
  Shout! Communications
  Simpatico PR
  Siren Communications
  Six Degrees Limited
  Social Communications
  Speed Communications
  Splendid Communications
  Sport and Recreation Alliance (In-House)
  Sport England (In-House)
  Stand Agency
  Stone Junction
  Talk PR
  Tangerine PR
  Target Public Relations
  Text 100
  Tetra Strategy
  The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (In-House)
  The Whitehouse Consultancy
  Third City
  Topline PR
  Tribe PR
  Tudor Reilly
  Viva PR
  Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
  Watershed PR
  WCG World
  Weber Shandwick
  Westminster Advisers
  With PR
  Wolfstar PR
  Word Waiter
  Zoodikers Consulting Ltd.
  ZPB Associates

Members who change their policy on interns are responsible for informing the PRCA of any change.

Social Mobility Compact

Press Release

The PRCA has signed up to the Social mobility business compact, which is the government’s campaign against the practice of unpaid work. The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said:

“I am delighted that many of the country’s biggest organisations and employers have already signed up – including the PRCA and PR Week. I want to encourage every company across the PR industry to join too.” (To see his full column in PR Week click here)

To sign up to the compact click here

PRCA Intern Training Scheme
The PRCA is committed to helping organisations develop the next generation of PR professionals through a heavily discounted paid intern course with structured training programmes.

To find out more please click here

Access Commission
Press Release

In February 2011, the PRCA established an Access Commission to review the current state of social mobility in the PR industry. The commission was set up in response to growing concerns about social mobility, internships, diversity and flexible working. In January 2012 the Commission reported back to the PRCA with its recommendations.

You can read the whole report here.

Taylor Bennett Foundation
Press Release

Since the beginning of 2011 the PRCA has strengthened its commitment to increasing diversity in the PR industry by donating almost £15,000 worth of PR Training to the Taylor Bennett Internship scheme.

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