Overview of this role
Overview of this role
We are looking for an enthusiastic and pro-active individual to support our digital communications work. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to gain experience in a busy and dynamic communications department in a well-respected health think-tank and charity.
Over the course of your time with us, you will help write, edit and produce content for The King’s Fund’s website and social media channels. You will also help monitor and evaluate our digital communications, and get exposure to our wider communications work.
You will be organised, and will have a demonstrable interest in digital communications. During your internship you will need to use a number of different software packages – for example, to update our website and do simple audio editing – so you must be unfazed by new technologies and able to learn new IT skills quickly.
Above all, you will be motivated, adaptable and have outstanding written and verbal communication skills. We’ll expect you to work hard and learn fast. In return, the successful candidate will be equipped with skills and experiences to build a career in digital communications, becoming a valued part of our friendly, close-knit team in the process.
This is a full-time position for six months, paid at the London living wage, based at The King’s Fund’s offices in central London. Ideally, you will be able to start immediately – or by the beginning of March at the latest.
This will be a varied role and you will need to be flexible and willing to take on a range of tasks. We will also give you your own digital projects to lead and develop. During your time with us your focus will primarily be:
- helping to keep our social media presence – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube – up to date and engaging
- proofing and editing copy for the website
- updating our website using our Drupal content management system
- supporting the monitoring and evaluation of our digital activity, using Google analytics and other packages
- carrying out basic editing of images for the website using Adobe Photoshop
- helping to arrange audio and video recordings for the website, and doing simple audio editing using Audacity editing software
- helping with search engine optimisation and pay-per-click for the website
- assisting in producing emails for our digital marketing campaigns
- researching new ways to raise the digital profile of The King’s Fund
- helping and supporting members of the wider communications team as necessary.
- Educated to degree level or equivalent.
- Excellent writing skills – able to write in concise, error-free English.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills – able to articulate clearly verbally and in writing to a variety of people at all levels.
- Good attention to detail.
- Conversant in, and enthusiastic about, using social media platforms.
- Demonstrated interest in digital media.
- Ability to work well in a team, but also able to work independently.
- Motivated, pro-active, well-organised, reliable and willing to work flexibly.
- Able to use Microsoft Office programmes, in particular Word and Excel, to a good standard.
- Basic knowledge of HTML and experience of using content management systems is desirable but not essential.
- Experience of the following software would be a bonus, but we are happy to teach you how to use them: Audacity; Photoshop; Powerpoint; Prezi.
How to apply
How to apply
- a short CV
- a letter of application (no more than 500 words) telling us:
- what you can offer us: How do your skills and experience fit the person specification? Do you have a blog or Twitter account you are proud of? If so, let us know. What evidence and examples can you give us about your skills and interests, and your suitability for the role?
- why you are interested in this internship: Convince us that this role is made for you.
Please email your CV and letter of application (as a PDF or Word file) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can send by post to:
The King's Fund
11-13 Cavendish Square
The deadline for receipt of applications is 1pm, Wednesday 30 January 2013. Late applications will not be considered.
Interviews and a short practical test for short-listed candidates will take place in the week commencing 11 February 2013.
Please note that in order to apply, you must have documented proof of your right to live and work in the United Kingdom. Please apply only if you would be able to start the internship, full-time at The King’s Fund’s central London offices, by the beginning of March at the latest and could commit to the full length of the placement.
We regret that we cannot respond individually to all applicants due to the high number of applications we receive. If you have not been contacted within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted for interview. Please note that we are unable to offer feedback to applicants who are not shortlisted for interview.
The King’s Fund is committed to equal opportunities in all its activities, and appointments will be determined solely on merit. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community, including those from minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities.
Benefits include paid holiday entitlement, statutory sick pay and daily lunch allowance for on-site café.
The King's Fund seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we work with individuals and organisations to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change.
Our work includes research, analysis, developing leaders and improving services. We also offer a wide range of resources – in our central London premises and through our website – to help everyone working in health share knowledge, learning and ideas.
Our independence enables us to work across political boundaries, with all professional groups and public, private and voluntary sectors. Above all, we work to make a difference to people’s health.
The Fund is committed to developing and actively promoting personnel policies that are equitable. This means that no applicant or employee who meets the person specification for the post will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of age, sex, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, race or ethnic or national origin, religion or beliefs, pregnancy or maternity status, caring responsibility or disability.
Joining the Fund and progressing within it will be determined solely by personal merit, and this will be measured by those criteria necessary to carry out each individual job. The Fund will not introduce conditions that will have adverse effects on an individual’s ability to fulfil their role, unless this can be shown to be necessary for the satisfactory conduct of the Fund's business.
The Fund welcomes applications from all disadvantaged groups. In particular we seek actively to increase representation from members of minority ethnic groups at senior level and from people with disabilities. Appointments will be advertised widely to provide under-represented groups opportunities to apply. All selection criteria and procedures will be monitored for fairness and evaluated for effectiveness.