London,
08
July
2016

PR Internships Awards 2016 winners announced

The PRCA and PRWeek have announced the winners of the annual PR Internships Awards, an awards programme aimed at celebrating the best in internships and interns.

The annual PR Internships Awards took place on 7th July, and saw winners in two categories.

The winner of the Best Internship Programme category was Golin. There was also a Highly Commended trophy in this category, handed to Cohn & Wolfe.

The Best Intern category was won by Kate O’Donnell, who interned at Hotwire. There were also two Highly Commended trophies in this category for Christopher Meers, who interned at Direct Line and Laura Lovejoy, who interned at The Crowd and I.

PRWeek Deputy Editor John Harrington said: “These awards demonstrate that the PR industry is employing its creative flair to great effect when it comes to internships, with some fantastic examples of best practice on display. A huge congratulations to all the shortlisted entrants, and particularly to the winners.”

PRCA Director General Francis Ingham MPRCA said: “The entries we received this year were of an extremely high standard and I would like to commend everyone for participating in this year’s awards.

“Congratulations to all the winners - they truly deserve this recognition. I would also like to thank our judges – John Harrington from PRWeek, Amanda Andrews from Vodafone, Sarah Stimson from the Taylor Bennett Foundation and Kharis Brooks from Teamspirit.

“It is encouraging to see that the PR industry is home to such incredible young talent and this is partly thanks to the organisations that are willing to offer structured and engaging internships. We hope more organisations will follow suit to help produce even more of the talented young professionals this industry needs.”

The awards conclude the joint PRWeek/PRCA PR Internships For All (PRIFA) initiative, which was launched in 2014 to lead a concerted drive to bring more young people from diverse backgrounds into the PR profession at entry level.

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Who we are: Founded in 1969, the PRCA is a UK-based PR membership body, operating in 45 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 20,000 people across the whole range of the PR industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and internal 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 communications teams from multinationals, charities and leading public sector organisations; and thousands of individual members.

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