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Opportunity Campaigns and Policy Internship
Type of role Internship
Where Heelis
Kemble Drive
About this place

Heelis is the Central Office for the National Trust; it was named after one of the Trust’s biggest benefactors Mrs William Heelis, otherwise known as Beatrix Potter, the author of the much-loved children’s books. 

Approximately 500 staff from across the Trust’s directorates, including the Executive team and the Director General, are based here. 

Heelis was designed to be highly sustainable and has won a number of nationally recognised awards.

Distance 0 miles
When 08/08/2016
Role summary As part of the External Affairs team at the National Trust this internship offers you the opportunity to play a key role in communicating our cause to a range of audiences in delivery of our strategy.
What's involved?  • Helping develop strategic advocacy opportunities and learning how to lobby on key policy objectives.
• Researching, analysing and summarising current issues that concern the National Trust, including evaluating new Government policy announcements.
• Learn project planning, interview and evaluation techniques and then use these to write case studies and deliver research projects for the National Trust.
• Writing content for the External Affairs own social media channels and the website.
• Contacting people within the National Trust to gather information for various projects.
• Developing innovative ideas for certain tasks and taking action on them alone, and as part of a team.
• Giving any other appropriate assistance in relation to the project/role as may be reasonably requested.

‘The role is 3 days a week, for 6 months. We’re flexible on the start date, and can accommodate a start date in September if preferred. Out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering place will be paid, as will a lunch allowance for working days. Other reasonable expenses agreed in advance.

Application deadline: Sunday 26th June 2016
This role will suit you if you are... Friendly and motivated with an enthusiasm about making a difference, and an ability to inspire and engage with a diverse range of people. You should have an interest in current affairs, and be passionate about getting people interested and involved with the natural environment and cultural heritage.

You should be able to prove that you can work well independently, as well as with others, for the good of a cause that you believe in. The role will suit anyone that is interested in working within a large, dynamic and exciting organisation that is constantly looking for new ways to protect special places forever, for everyone.

Skills and knowledge
• Excellent personal organisation, particularly time management and prioritisation skills.
• Excellent oral communication and presentation skills with ability to communicate complex information in simple and engaging ways.
• Excellent written communication skills with ability to target communications to different types of audiences.
• Ability to work well in a team with others who may hold different views to you and have different priorities.
• Ability to represent the National Trust (for example: to external partner organisations).
• Experience of using administration systems, computer literacy (using email, web, word processors, spreadsheets, databases etc.)

Personal attributes and experience
• Positive 'can do' attitude with ability to identify and make the most of opportunities and overcome challenges.
• Willingness to work with a mentor, to be coached and to give and receive feedback.
• Experience of organising a project or an event or participating in a campaigning or other voluntary group.
• Experience of social research methods.
• Interest in social media and new ways to use crowd sourcing ideas.

Please demonstrate clearly in your application how you think your internship in the External Affairs team will be beneficial to your own personal development.
By getting involved you could • Gain great experience of a friendly working environment within a large organisation.
• Gain an excellent understanding of the work of the National Trust.
• Learn vital skills to further your career development such as project management, delivering presentations and networking.
• Learn how to influence people and communicate information in an intelligent and effective way.
• Learn how to work in a team as well as on your own, in different environments.
• Gain practical work experience and network with people already working in the sector.

Our ten-year strategy Playing our Part was published in March 2015 and outlines our ambition to meet the needs of an environment under pressure and the challenges and expectations of a fast changing world. This role will put you at the forefront of that ambition and involves helping the Trust to appreciate changing external agendas, respond to current issues, and identify which emerging trends we should be a part of. You will play a vital part in helping us deliver our strategy through the Trust’s work on the natural environment, heritage, the outdoors and much more.


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