The media intern position will involve working in the Catholic Communications Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and offers valuable experience in journalism, strategic communications and public relations. You will have the opportunity to write for websites, newspapers and other internal and external publications, help to develop media strategies, assist in producing video and audio content and carry out research for briefings and talks on a wide range of current issues.
If you have worked in the student media or are interested in a career in journalism or public relations, this internship is a great opportunity to gain a wide range of practical skills and learn at first hand about communicating the work and mission of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
All previous interns have gained employment in the fields of communications or policy development with Catholic organisations.
“ I have just taken up a new role within the civil service and without the experience I gained at Archbishop’s House I would not have got it. ”
I had a great time during my internship year at Archbishop’s House. I was lucky too; I started working with an Archbishop and I left working for a Cardinal!
The role at the House is so varied that you gain a grounding in so many skills as part of your daily workload. These include design work, branding, photography, videoing, dealing with a range of press queries, managing a plethora of social media sites and other websites, publications and writing for print and online plus more. The role gives you a great deal of flexibility as well – if you want to focus on developing one skill over others, it is welcomed and you can be trained. I became a pretty decent photographer in the two years I spent working for the Diocese and am quite handy editing videos as well.
The role is not just a desk job either. Because the bishops are always out on engagements you are often invited around the Diocese to attend a range of events from school and parish anniversaries to parliamentary receptions. The counsel of the office is also well regarded by colleagues and I sat in a range of meetings giving my advice to other departments, such as Caritas Westminster when it was in its infancy.
I have just taken up a new role within the civil service and without the experience I gained at Archbishop’s House I would not have got it because I was able to demonstrate a range of digital skills and knowledge in the interview. Former interns from ABH have secured jobs in different industries including within the media as reporters and journalists. But with the experience you can get there can lead you almost anywhere.
“ I immediately felt welcomed, and was considered part of the team straight away. ”
I have been on the CPPPI for 7 weeks now and have already learned and experienced a great deal. I graduated from the University of East Anglia in July after doing an undergraduate degree in Culture, Literature and Politics; this October I began working in the Communications Office at Archbishops House in the Diocese of Westminster. I immediately felt welcomed, and was considered part of the team straight away, although this didn’t mean I was left on my own. Being an intern means I am given my own responsibilities and duties as well as having the chance to learn more skills and receive guidance on my work.
I think the internship being wider than just a job is great, I am learning so much more about the work of the church, both from talking to people who run catholic organisations, and seeing their work in action. Studying at Heythrop allows me to understand this work, as well as the work I am doing, in a wider faith context which brings the whole scheme together.