Making unpaid PR internships a thing of the past
~ Technical PR agency supports paid internships ~
Stafford-based technical PR agency
Stone Junction has appointed recent journalism graduate Thomas Roden as
an account executive in its commitment to support paid internships.
Last year, Stone Junction adhered to the Public
Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) campaign to end the
common industry practice of unpaid internships..
Stone Junction has a history of taking on paid interns, many of which move on to become full-time employees of the company. The latest appointment brings another talent to the workforce, at a busy time of continued growth for the agency.
“Stone Junction has a long-term commitment to training and continuing professional development. This refers to each and every team member, including interns,” explained Richard Stone, managing director of Stone Junction. “We want to give talented young people a platform to grow and gain relevant experience. We also believe our employees should be rewarded according to their passion and hard work, not previous experience.”
Before joining Stone Junction, Roden worked as a freelance journalist for a number of publications, including one owned by the Guardian Media Group. In 2013, he was a voluntary PR Officer for Stoke-on-Trent’s Douglas Macmillan Hospice, where he worked closely with local and regional media.
Roden graduated from Staffordshire University in 2014 with a degree in Music Journalism and Broadcasting. It was here that he developed his talent and passion for writing - as well as skills in audio and video production.
“This internship has unlocked a world I never really knew existed – technical PR,” explained Thomas. “I’m eager to work with the Stone Junction team and further develop into the role. I’m hopeful that my skills will help grow the agency and benefit clients.”
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Meet the team
Stone Junction is managed by Richard Stone, whose previous experience includes PR campaigns for Arup, AIT Plc, CIENA, Parker Hannifin, Schneider Electric, SIG, SKF, Roche and WorldCom. Well over a decade in technical and technology PR has taught him that he is only just starting out. He is a very slightly geeky father of two who lives in Stafford with his long suffering wife, aforementioned children, dog and cat.
Junction has been going from strength to strength, building up its
client base and championing the achievements of technical and
engineering firms, some of which are in Staffordshire."
Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council