Paid Internship

Hours: Full-time: 35 hours per week with possibility for flexible working

Contract type: 6 month contract

Salary: London Living Wage (£19,275) + 8% pension contribution

Deadline: Monday 11 March 2019 at 9am

Interview Date: Friday 15 March 2019

Hours: Full-time: 35 hours per week with possibility for flexible working

Contract type: 6 month contract

Salary: London Living Wage (£19,275) + 8% pension contribution

Deadline: Monday 11 March 2019 at 9am

Interview Date: Friday 15 March 2019

In 2017 we launched the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI), which is coordinated by ShareAction in collaboration with international partners, and is funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development. The WDI brings investors together to request comparable data from companies via an annual survey. Its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of jobs in multinational companies’ operations and supply chains.

As part of the Good Work programme ShareAction also runs FTSE-focused campaigns on UK workforce issues including a long-standing campaign in support of the real Living Wage, and a developing focus on the gender pay gap and mental health in the workplace. We use a range of tools and tactics including coordinating research-based investor coalitions, public communications, and AGM questions.

Job Description

The Good Work programme comprises the UK Workforce campaigns (which aim to tackle in-work poverty and inequality) and the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI).

You will be supporting projects within the Good Work programme with a mixture of admin and project tasks. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a keen interest in labour rights to learn at first-hand how research and engagement can help to shape the delivery of decent jobs.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to and learn about research and campaigns in a variety of ways including through desk research, data management, planning and strategy, events administration, and online/offline communications.


Although your role will be varied and open to some change in the activities you will undertake, below are the types of activities that you can expect to be working on:

Research and data collection

  • Undertake desk-based research about companies and investors to support existing and new campaign areas (Living Wage; diversity and inclusion; mental health and wellbeing);
  • Undertake desk-based research into new prospect funders.


  • Contribute to writing and proofreading materials;
  • Help draft AGM questions and compile briefing packs to help AGM activists;
  • Help raise campaign issues with company boards and shareholders.

Communications and media monitoring

  • Track developments relevant to the Good Work programme;
  • Contribute to ShareAction’s website and social media presence;
  • Assist with designing and sending digital newsletters.

Administrative support

  • Ensure that contacts are updated on the database (Salesforce);
  • Help to administer events including webinars and roundtables;
  • Support the team with large mail outs.


  • Excellent attention to detail and problem solving skills;
  • Proven ability to analyse, interpret, and communicate complex information;
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills;
  • Strong planning, coordination and prioritisation skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as exercise judgment to seek advice when appropriate;
  • Proven ability to undertake varied tasks simultaneously and work to tight deadlines;
  • Competent in Microsoft Office.


  • Knowledge of Salesforce or other CRM systems, and file management systems such as SharePoint, or willingness to learn;
  • Knowledge of the media landscape in the UK and the use of social media for campaigning, or willingness to learn;
  • An interest of ShareAction’s theory of change and a demonstrable interest in the issues we work on.
  • Knowledge of GDPR and how it relates to the workplace

A few more details

  • Hours of work: 35 hrs per week with an expectation of some out of hours working. We actively encourage staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available – such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.
  • Holidays: 25 days per annum, pro rata plus working days between Christmas and New Year, plus statutory bank holidays.

How to apply

Please send us an up to date CV and cover letter (your cover letter should be no more than one side of A4). Please describe why you would be perfect for this job. Make sure your application clearly explains your interests and the skills you would bring to the role. Please note that we are unable to progress applications that do not include all of the asked-for information.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm! Please send your CV and a cover letter to Mara Lilley at recruitment@shareaction.org by Monday 11 March 2019 at 9am.

Please note:
To be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK, due to the size of the organisation we are unfortunately unable to sponsor anyone for a visa.

ShareAction is committed to promoting responsible investment throughout all sectors of society, understanding that the investment industry affects everyone. We welcome anyone who shares our enthusiasm for responsible investment – whether they have experience in the investment system or not. We particularly encourage applications from women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities and other protected characteristics in underrepresented areas of work. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to show their suitability for any role.

A bit more about us

ShareAction is a charity which promotes responsible investment by pension funds and other institutional investors. We believe that investment can be a force for good, serving savers and communities, and protecting our environment for the long term. We campaign on specific environmental and social issues that the investment industry has the power to influence, like climate change and workers’ rights. We advocate for policy changes required to enable responsible investment to thrive. We undertake research and rankings to drive up best practice among pension funds and asset managers. And we work with savers to help them push their pension schemes towards more responsible behaviour and sustainable investment practices.