Despite being a profession that draws from and speaks to a multicultural New Zealand society, there is limited representation of ethnic and minority groups within the communications industry. To be truly reflective of New Zealand society, it is clear we need to attract and retain a more diverse range of practitioners at all levels of our profession.
A Commercial Communications Council (CCC) diversity and inclusiveness survey showed that 87% of the industry is led by European/Pakeha. While the figures tell a dire story, the Public Relations industry is in a position of privilege to voice and advocate for equality, justice and human rights. Not only is it our responsibility, this is also where we thrive, excel and deliver for our clients every day.
From an ethnicity perspective, this means as an industry we need to:
By rotating interns during the year we are hopeful we will get to advance the ethnic diversity of our workforce too and contribute to the multiculturism of the PR industry.
All interns will be paid the Living Wage. We seek approx. 8 hours per week which can be split over two days. This will ensure the interns can still achieve paid employment elsewhere and juggle their university commitments.
At the end of the internship participants will be “agency ready” having completed the following:
All participants will receive a certificate and reference letter from the Managing Director at the successful conclusion of their internship.
Wright Communications is partnering with AUT’s Bachelor of Communication Studies to deliver the “Agency Ready” intership programme. If you are interested in participating please contact your course supervisor.
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