Digital Communications Intern

London, UK
Paid Internship
03 Feb 2017
21 Feb 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Length of contract: 4-6 months (to start as soon as possible)

Location: The Foundry, 17-19 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR

Remuneration: Limited travel expenses and lunch allowance paid.

Application process: CV and covering letter. In your covering letter, please illustrate how you meet the person specification for this role, including your motivation for applying. Please direct your applicaton to Nimtaz-Tanya Noordin via the provided link.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as and when they are received. Candidates for interview will be contacted to arrange a date for the interview. A written test will be included in the interview process. 

Charity profile

Right To Play is a global organisation that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps one million children weekly in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America, to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change. We train thousands of local community leaders and teachers to become volunteer coaches. They coach children in specially designed games to equip them with learning, health and social skills to help overcome the effects of poverty, disease and war.

Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and regional offices in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Our programmes are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and 13,900 volunteer Coaches and 300+ Athlete Ambassadors.

Right To Play UK was established in 2006 and is aiming to raise £2.39 million in 2017. For more information, please refer to our website:

Position summary

This internship position will provide an invaluable opportunity to gain essential skills and experience in the key aspects of digital communications – social media, email marketing and website content strategy – for a leading international play-based charity. Professional references will be offered at the end of the placement.

Right To Play UK has a broad range of audiences and communications priorities. From highlighting the positive impact we have in the communities in which we work, to growing our Women’s Network, to trying to fill spaces at our sponsored endurance events and corporate sports quiz. The role will give an overview of strategic content planning as well as hands-on content production experience.

Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Digital Communications Intern will be working to support Right To Play UK’s communications work across our portfolio of campaigns, events and supporter engagement initiatives.   

Key responsibilities & tasks

  • To work with the Communications Manager to develop RTP UK’s social media presence, including growing followings by planning and executing targeted editorial content, campaigns and exploring new platforms.
  • To produce content for the Right To Play website, including re-writing and enhancing existing content, and producing original pieces as required. For example, growing our fundraising content.
  • To produce beautiful and engaging emails for our supporters, including our regular newsletter and pre and post event communications.
  • Other projects and activities as requested by the Communications Manager


  • E              Essential (must have)
  • D             Desirable (asset)

Experience and skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills E
  • Knowledge of producing digital content, including for website, email and social media E
  • Knowledge and experience of major social media platforms (including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram) E
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop (or other image editing software) E
  • Experience of analysing and using data to inform strategy and decision making D
  • Knowledge of MailChimp (or other email broadcasting software) D
  • Knowledge of HTML D
  • Experience in fundraising and/or the charity sector D
  • Proven track record of being able to conduct thorough research D
  • Knowledge and understanding of International Development D

Competencies / personal attributes

  • Knowledge of and passion for communications and all things ‘digital’ E
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience of working with members of the public, consumers, customers or donors E
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to manage a varied workload E
  • Ability to work flexibly & collaboratively in a team with enthusiasm and commitment E
  • Excellent attention to detail E
  • Ability to manage a varied workload, work under pressure and meet deadlines E

Other terms & conditions

Working hours: 9AM – 5PM, 5 days per week (negotiable if part-time paid work is required to supplement the internship). This internship may require occasional evening work, for which time off in lieu may be taken.

Holidays: Unpaid; time off to be agreed with line manager