Transport for London and Golin recognised in first PR Internship Awards

Transport for London (TfL) has won a top award for its PR internship scheme.

On a day when its comms team faced extra challenges with the Tube strike, the organisation won the Best Internship Programme category at the PR Internship Awards, a joint initiative led by the PRCA and PRWeek.

Judges were impressed by the opportunities available under the scheme, which has seen interns take part in high-profile campaigns such as Cycle Hire and Emirates Air Line. Twenty interns have gone through the programme since it began in 2007, and six are currently employed in the TfL press office.

Highly commended in the category is Golin for its Bright Young Things programme, which combines a structured training scheme and on-the-job learning. Forty-five per cent of those who have been part of the scheme have moved to permanent positions at the agency, while 25 per cent have taken permanent PR roles elsewhere.

TfL and Golin were also commended for paying interns the London Living Wage.

In addition, Kharis Brooks, who interned at Vodafone, was the winner in the Best Intern category.

Runner up in that category was Georgina Oakford, who spent time as an intern at Fishburn.

Finally, a special Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to the Taylor Bennett Foundation. The organisation, set up to encourage more people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to enter PR, has provided training for 124 people over the past six years, of which 83 per cent are now working in PR.

The awards were presented at the Westminster office of Ellwood Atfield.

PRCA director general Francis Ingham said: "We’ve been blown away by the standard of entries for this, the first ever PR Internships Awards. The interns proved themselves to be intelligent, resourceful and creative; the internship programmes were well-structured and provided fantastic opportunities for young people to shine.

"Congratulations to all of our winners. I’d also like to thank our judging panel: Ben Lyons from Intern Aware; Anne Groves from the Taylor Bennett Foundation; and John Harrington from PRWeek, who had a hugely difficult job on their hands."

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