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Intern - Communications Assistant

Reporting to: Head of Public Affairs
Team: Public Affairs
Contract type: University Placement - Fixed Term for 12 months
Salary: £15000 per annum subject to review in line with future increases to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage
Location: Brighton
Closing date: 9 February 2020

About us

TPR is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional growing workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.

Our successful internship programme offers rewarding opportunities across key business areas. Whichever role you choose, your time at TPR help you stand out in a tough graduate employment market. You will have the chance to put your academic experience into practice and develop your skills, which will be invaluable for your return to university and the career you choose.


We’re looking for an undergraduate to join us in Communications undertaking a professional placement and providing support within the Communication team, as well as supporting project activities as required. Deliver excellent customer service, whilst dealing with high volumes in a fast paced environment. 


You will:

  • support colleagues in the Communications directorate to deliver TPR’s stakeholder, parliamentary and media engagement strategies and plans
  • draft high-quality briefings for senior colleagues for meetings and other engagements
  • research topics and draft responses to MP correspondence, parliamentary questions, produce written submissions and briefing notes in respect of select committee enquiries
  • draft articles and press responses
  • support the design and delivery of external engagement events and meetings
  • maintain robust team records and processes to ensure that briefings and correspondence are produced in a timely fashion and deadlines met
  • contribute towards the delivery of communications projects and provide logistical and administrative support for colleagues in the Comms directorate
  • monitor media, parliamentary and stakeholder activity and update colleagues internally
  • work closely with the wider Public Affairs and Communications teams to support the delivery of team and directorate objectives

Essential Criteria

  • a student in penultimate year of study, or undertaking a degree requiring a year-long placement
  • currently studying at HE level in Communications or similar foundation of knowledge in communications
  • excellent administrative support and customer service including:
  • excellent verbal communication skills.
  • able to handle confidential and sensitive information appropriately, professionally and in a discreet manner.
  • able to multi-task, prioritise and work to deadlines.
  • solid and demonstrable administration skills with excellent attention to detail
  • understanding of Data Protection Act/Freedom of Information principles
  • knowledge of standard Office IT software applications

Person specification

  • ability to prioritise and use initiative
  • negotiating skills
  • communication skills at all levels
  • attention to detail and accuracy
  • personable and a team player
  • excellent customer service

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £15,000, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

TPR is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BME) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email