Agency success for PR student

A BA Public Relations student from London Metropolitan University has won a paid internship and training programme with a top London PR agency.

Date: 23/03/2012

A BA Public Relations student from London Metropolitan University has won a paid internship and training programme with a top London PR agency. 

Whitney Brown went through a competitive entry process to be selected on the programme, run by the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

Whitney will spend time with Talk PR, a communications agency, and the internship will focus in particular on consumer PR. 

The Taylor Bennett Foundation runs internship programmes across the year, each time in partnership with a different communications agency.  Current partners are Brunswick, Talk PR, Edelman and MHP – focusing on the different disciplines of corporate, consumer, digital and financial PR. 

Recognising that not everyone can afford to do unpaid internships, the Taylor Bennett Foundation provides the interns with a training allowance and travel expenses throughout the programme.

Whitney said: “This is a tremendous opportunity to spend time with a top London PR agency and to get some paid work experience to raise my employability prospects.

“The BA Public Relations course prepared me well for the selection process and one of the staff gave me the introduction to Taylor Bennett. I would encourage other business students to raise their horizons, get involved with these types of opportunities and apply.”

Gareth Thompson, Senior Lecturer on the PR course, said: “Taylor Bennett works with top PR agencies in London and launched the Taylor Bennett Foundation to address the under-representation of black and minority ethnic candidates in the communications industry. The initiative was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award in 2010.” 

Gareth, who has links with Taylor Bennett, introduced his students to the scheme – another example of how London Met students benefit from having lecturers with real industry contacts.

Whitney has already made a good impression in her new role. Faye Wenman, trustee of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, said: “We are already very proud of the progress that Whitney has made. We would be delighted if more talented PR hopefuls from London Met were to apply for future programmes.”