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ICG is a great place to start your career. Our internship and graduate scheme programmes offer an entry-level route to building a career in public affairs and corporate communications.

We’re now hiring for the April Graduate Trainee scheme intake. We’re looking for exceptional communicators with strong political instincts who can work seamlessly alongside our clients and our consultants. You can view the job advert here.

ICG nurtures talent and brings together the sharpest minds from the broadest backgrounds. Many of our interns and graduates become permanent team members. Others have moved on to pursue successful careers in-house for large companies or charities, think-tanks, Government and the media.

Our current team features a number of consultants who joined initially as interns and have since moved up the ranks at ICG. Find out more about them here:

 

Laura Kennedy sqLaura Kennedy, Account Director

What led you to apply for an internship at ICG?

As a graduate who was keen to work in politics and public affairs, I spent a lot of time considering which agencies would be the right fit. After reading about ICG’s excellent track record, award wins and ethical stance on issues facing the sector, I decided to apply for a position. At the time there were no vacancies being advertised so, to make my application stand out, I hand delivered my CV to the office.

What are your current responsibilities?

I lead on a number of clients including life sciences companies, patient advocacy groups and trade bodies. Mainly focusing on health policy, I develop strategies and programmes of work for clients to achieve their objectives. As an Account Director, I oversee the delivery of projects, ensuring that we deliver excellent results and that clients get the best quality service.

How has ICG helped to progress your career?

The research internship I undertook at ICG gave me my first insight into the world of public affairs. It was a fast-paced job with a lot of responsibility and the experience was extremely valuable. With the experience I’d gained, I secured a position as a Parliamentary researcher for an experienced Member of Parliament. I spent three years in the House of Commons, learning about the workings of Parliament and Government. I returned to ICG as a Senior Account Executive three years ago and have worked my way up to Account Director.

Of the campaigns you have worked on at ICG, what has been your most memorable moment?

I worked with a patient advocacy group to produce a hard hitting report examining data on outcomes for patients. The report was disseminated to 35,000 GPs and was used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as one of only four supporting documents to inform the development of its Quality Standard on the condition. It’s good to know that the work we did influenced national guidance and helped to drive up the standard of care patients can expect from the NHS.

 

Rob Fuller sqRob Fuller, Account Manager

What led you to apply for an internship at ICG?

I applied for an internship at ICG after having seen the position advertised at w4mpjobs.org. I remember being impressed with the range of clients that ICG worked with and the opportunity to work on a broad range of issues that affect people’s lives. The fact that ICG were supporters of the InternAware campaign for fairer internships and paid the London Living Wage was also attractive – it’s good to work for a company that took a lead on issues that I care about.

What are your current responsibilities?

I’m now an Account Manager. This means I take a day-to-day lead on projects, including managing events and analysing the impact of policy changes on our clients and the sectors they operate in. I also work on marketing and new business projects – something that everyone gets to be involved with from their first day.

How has ICG helped to progress your career?

Since joining ICG in 2012, I’ve progressed from the Research Internship programme to becoming an Account Manager. ICG gives you the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects and to get involved in all elements of the business no matter what level you are, which is a great learning experience if you’re starting out in your career in communications.

Of the campaigns you have worked on at ICG, what has been your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment would probably be one of the successful access to medicines campaigns I’ve worked on as part of ICG’s health team. It’s great to know that our work plays a small part in helping patients with a variety of health problems get access to new treatments that can help to transform their lives.

 

James Le Grice sqJames Le Grice, Account Manager

What led you to apply for an internship at ICG?

I had worked in Parliament for an MP and was keen to build on this experience to become a trusted adviser in shaping policy. I looked for a public affairs agency to join where I could develop the right skills to fulfil this role, and was attracted to ICG due to its industry credentials, impressive client list and smaller size. I contacted Managing Director John Lehal to express my interest in working for him and applied for an internship when an opening became available.

What are your current responsibilities?

I manage a mixture of client accounts in the transport and infrastructure, healthcare and public health sectors. My work includes securing opportunities for local business growth from transport projects such as HS2 and Crossrail 2; informing policies to help smokers quit; and raising political awareness of the rising burden of kidney cancer. I also manage the Secretariat for two All-Party Parliamentary Groups.

How has ICG helped to progress your career?

As a smaller agency, ICG gave me the opportunity to take on more responsibility as an intern than would be possible in other companies. This helped me learn new skills and grow my policy knowledge quickly. ICG also encourages its staff to develop and master their own policy areas of interest by attending briefing events, writing blogs and initiating new business proposals. This has helped expand my knowledge beyond the campaigns I work on day-to-day.

Of the campaigns you have worked on at ICG, what has been your most memorable moment?

Getting to speak in Parliament as a stand-in for an all-party group Chair. Every year, the All-Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group holds a conference in the House of Commons. When our MP Chair had to pull out of the event at the last minute, it fell to me as Group Secretariat to speak in his place to an audience of over 100. Considering that I had only been an intern supporting this account three years earlier, I felt a great sense of personal achievement from the experience.

 

Becky GodfreyRebecca Godfrey, Senior Account Executive

What led you to apply for an internship at ICG?

Knowing that ICG was a highly reputable company was one of the key reasons I applied for an internship, coupled with the fact that a high proportion of clients ICG work for are in healthcare. This was an area I was really keen to learn more about and expand my policy knowledge in. ICG also puts a lot of emphasis on fairness and ethics (including offering interns the London Living Wage). These are both values that are really important to me.

What are your current responsibilities?

My current responsibilities include contributing to client strategy development, managing events, keeping clients up to date on policy changes and the impact this has on their business and also supporting new business proposals and pitches. There are also numerous opportunities to contribute to internal marketing initiatives; something that is strongly encouraged within the agency.

How has ICG helped to progress your career?

Since joining ICG in September 2014, I’ve progressed from the Internship programme to being a Senior Account Executive. Everyone in the company was great at making me feel involved in all aspects of the business, regardless of seniority. ICG also offers regular training courses which have helped develop my knowledge in a number of areas.

Of the campaigns you have worked on at ICG, what has been your most memorable moment?

The campaigns where we have given a voice to patients are always the most memorable for me. We organise events for our healthcare clients in the UK Parliament and devolved administrations which often give patients the chance to tell their story to policymakers. When I see this result in lasting policy change, I get a real feeling that I am making a difference.

 

 

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Josh Collier, Account Executive

What led you to apply for an internship at ICG?

After interning at different communications consultancies, I decided that I wanted a career in Public Affairs. I was attracted to ICG as a mid-size agency that pays the London Living Wage and has a strong track record of hiring interns. I was also interested in the opportunity to work in health public affairs as this involves engagement with multiple levels of government.

What are your current responsibilities?

As an Account Executive, my day to day activities are extremely varied. I support my account leads on anything from event organisation and stakeholder mapping to preparing briefings for clients or research to feed into new business proposals. I am also fortunate to have a spread of clients across different sectors for whom I do both Public Affairs and Public Relations work.

How has ICG helped to progress your career?

I have found our internal training programme, ICG Academy, very helpful in my career development. ICG Academy provides learning sessions led both by external trainers and ICG team members on a range of topics from Parliamentary procedure to presentation training. I also find the quarterly reviews with my line manager helpful in addressing both strengths and weaknesses, and providing constructive goals for career progression. From these, I get a real feeling that the company values my personal development.

Of the campaigns you have worked on at ICG, what has been your most memorable moment?

During my internship, I helped out with the logistics and event management of the annual Thrombosis UK VTE awards, which took place in Parliament on World Thrombosis Day. The event was a really good opportunity to see first-hand how a successful campaign engages with and raises awareness amongst MPs. Going into Parliament is generally an exciting experience, and on this occasion I got to meet a prominent shadow health minister.

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