Summer internship at OurNHS openDemocracy

Would you like to work for OurNHS openDemocracy?

26 June 2013

About us

OurNHS is a publishing project that aims to be a focus for political discussion and campaigning to save our NHS. The mainstream media have largely sidelined the loss of democratic accountability and the encroachment of corporate power that the current NHS ‘reforms’ have cemented. Our goal is to re-instate this accountability - campaigning for example on the NHS Re-instatement Bill and anti-privatisation policies more generally. We aim to provide a hub to take clear reporting to the general public, working with others to amplify and strengthen the arguments and strategies needed to save the NHS. As a dedicated section of the respected international campaigning journalism platform openDemocracy.net we have already established a reputation for serious yet accessible coverage and critique of the NHS reforms. 

About you

The post would suit someone keen to further develop their media and political campaigning skills, with a strong commitment to saving the NHS. An awareness of recent NHS reforms and the political debate and campaigning around it is highly desirable, as is a strong commitment to the principle of a publicly accountable, publicly owned NHS. An excellent understanding of the British political scene and some experience of political party activism would be desirable. We are looking for someone with journalistic, research and campaigning skills who can not only write great reportage and set up systems to monitor and disseminate information, but also help us develop our networks and capacity to feed into mainstream policy circles.


This is a 3 month full-time internship, paying £1000/month, London-based, though there may be some flexibility in the length. Deadline for applications is midnight 6/7/13.  

Please apply by CV to caroline.molloy[at]opendemocracy.net putting “Internship” in the title. Please also include one sample of your writing (either published or from academic study) and a paragraph or two in a covering email explaining why you would be suitable for ths post.



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