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The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA), a leading trade body organisation representing the interests of the UK toy industry both nationally and on the world stage, is looking for an enthusiastic Public Affairs Intern. This is an excellent development opportunity for a high calibre graduate interested in gaining experience in public affairs, advocacy and communications. The BTHA is looking for someone to join the team on a 6-month fixed term basis.

The BTHA

The Association exists to represent and promote the interests of British toy manufacturers and to raise standards of practice in the industry. At present, it has around 130 members ranging from international toy companies to small family-run businesses that together account for around 85% of the UK toy market. Membership of the British Toy & Hobby Association shows the member’s commitment to adhere to the BTHA Code of Practice under the umbrella of the Lion Mark which includes rules covering ethical and safe manufacture of toys, toy safety, a ban on counterfeit goods, an assurance to market responsibly, a commitment to improving sustainability and a desire to promote the value of all play through support of the Make Time 2 Play campaign. Our members are manufacturers committed to making good quality toys in a responsible way. The BTHA also administers the Toy Trust - the industry’s charity.

The Role

As a Public Affairs Intern, you will report directly into the Public Affairs Manager to support the public affairs and advocacy work of the BTHA during a critical time for industry as Brexit negotiations get underway.

Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the work of the Public Affairs Manager and Director of Public Affairs and Communications as key public affairs opportunities or threats arise;
  • Monitoring, understanding and evaluating discussions in Westminster, Whitehall, media, think tanks, NGOs and other bodies on issues and developments of relevance to the toy industry;
  • Communicating and building up relations with BTHA members and external stakeholders;
  • Helping to build the BTHA’s political network across Westminster and Whitehall;
  • Writing regular Brexit briefings for BTHA members;
  • Assisting the co-ordination of a Westminster event in November.

About you

As a Public Affairs Intern you'll have graduated with a strong degree (2:1 or above / or expected) and will have already developed a keen interest and understanding of public policy within the UK. Ability to understand and present data will be essential along with excellent communication and organisational skills, as well as a strong desire to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders on behalf of the BTHA. Experience of working within a public affairs or communications environment would be advantageous but is not essential. Most important is a strong desire to build on your current capabilities in a busy in-house public affairs team. 

To Apply

Please send a CV and cover letter to Kerri Atherton by clicking on the Apply button below. Please quote the reference '197/17/PubAffairs'.

Interviews to take place w/c Monday 15th May.

Apply online

  • Fill out the short form below and upload your CV.

Closing date

The closing date for applications for this post is 11:59pm on Thursday 25th May 2017