London,
03
January
2017

39 more organisations join PRCA Intern Campaign

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is delighted to announce that it has refreshed its Intern Campaign and has signed up 39 more organisations that are committed to paying interns the National Minimum Wage or more.

The new additions include leading PR consultancies Cicero Group, Feref, and M&C Saatchi. The list of additions brings the total number of organisations that are committed to paying interns to 189.

Francis Ingham MPRCA, PRCA Director General, said: “These additions to the PRCA Intern Campaign are an important step in ensuring that the industry is recruiting the brightest young people from a diverse talent pool. It is encouraging to see the PR and communications industry taking a stand against the immoral practice of not paying interns.”

Graham Hawkey-Smith MPRCA, CEO, Feref added: “We are proud to be part of the PRCA’s Intern campaign as we highly value the contribution interns add to our business, and have always believed that appropriate financial reward is important. We want to help the PRCA encourage all agencies to commit to paying interns. Our industry has a collective responsibility to nurture talented individuals with exciting opportunities, at a fair wage, that help them grow into tomorrow’s leaders.”

The PRCA launched the Intern Campaign in October 2011 with PRWeek, aimed at ending the practice of unpaid internships, as part of the association’s commitment to raising standards in all areas of the PR industry.

The PRCA lists all agency and in-house organisations that pay their interns at least the National Minimum Wage, in order to make students and graduates aware of the agencies that provide fair payment for their services. The full list can be found here.

The Intern Campaign additions are:

· 3ManFactory

· Allison+Partners

· Another Word Communications

· Campaign Collective

· Cicero Group

· Cirkle

· Context PR

· Cowshed

· Cultural Communications

· Devries Slam

· Evolving Influence

· Fanclub PR

· Feref

· Fever

· FTI Consulting

· Goodwork

· Gravity

· Grey Pocket

· Hope&Glory

· Influential

· Intelligent Conversation

· JFG Communications

· Launch PR

· Lexis

· Little Red Rooster

· M&C Saatchi PR

· Mischief PR

· Newington Communications

· Nexus Communications

· Oracle Group

· Pangolin PR

· PB Political Consulting

· Pulse Brands

· Satellite MPR

· Spottydog Communications

· Taste PR

· Tin Man Communications

· TNR

· Westbourne Communications

If you pay your interns at least the national minimum wage and would like to be added to the list, please email neha.khatwani@prca.org.uk.

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About PRCA

Who we are: Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 48 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 20,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.

Who we represent: The PRCA currently has more than 400 agency members; 270 in-house PR and communications teams from multinationals, charities and leading public sector organisations; and thousands of individual members.

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