Digital Media Intern

Come and join our creative team of media producers and digital communication professionals for a three month placement and gain experience of digital media and science communication.

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    Ri web content has reached almost every country in the world.

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Digital Media Interns

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London

Contract Type: 3 x 3-month full-time internships, 35 hours per week.

Potential dates avalable: April to July 2020, July to October, October to Jan 2021, with flexibility for the right candidate

Payment by stipend from university, DTP, Research Council. Please check funding with your DTP before applying

About the role

These placements are based in the Digital Team, where we see digital as much more than just a way to market ourselves online, but also as a way to bring thought-provoking science and our rich heritage to audiences online, many of whom may never set foot in our iconic home in 21 Albemarle Street.

Through our YouTube channel, which has a global audience of over 700,000 subscribers, we have already established ourselves as a world-leader in in-depth, long-form science video. Our monthly podcasts are growing fast, and we are working to develop our online communities to reach new audiences across all our digital platforms.

These are exciting times for the Digital Team. We are currently building a new website for the organisation, where we will be taking a data-driven, audience-lead approach. And we continue to nurture our existing audiences, whilst reaching out to new ones, experimenting with alternative formats for our video and multimedia content.

These roles will focus on creating, shaping and developing our science engagement and heritage content, Working closely with all members of the Digital team, the Digital Media Interns will support the Ri’s digital production and platforms, helping to manage our digital channels and working as part of the Ri’s new website project team.

Every day will be different, but tasks may include creating and promoting science engagement content for our social media platforms, helping develop heritage and collection content for our new website, getting involved in video production and helping to create podcasts and manage our YouTube channel.

You will need a passion for digital media, a desire to understand more about its potential for communicating science to global audiences and an understanding of how online science content can encourage an audience to ‘think more deeply about science and its place in our lives’.

Experience of developing engaging content for a non-academic audience and an understanding of the needs and requirements of website and digital users would also be ideal.

About the Ri

The Ri is an independent charity dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives.

For over 200 years, our wonderful building, has been home to some of the most eminent scientists in history, and we are hosting more public events than ever before.

We provide science education and heritage activities for people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK and around the world.

Our activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES; public talks from the world’s greatest thinkers in our historic lecture theatre; a national programme of Masterclasses for young people in mathematics, engineering and computer science; hands-on science workshops in our L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre; animations and films from our award-winning video production team and the preservation of our scientific legacy through the Faraday Museum and archival collections.


This opportunity is open to PhD students who are eligible to undertake a internship as part of their studentship and receive a stipend from their Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in order to do so. Please check with your relevant DTP to ensure funding is available before applying for this internship.

Participating Research Councils include (but may not be exclusive to): BBSRC, NERC, MRC, AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC.

Please review the full job description and person specification, and send your CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in the placement and how you meet the criteria set out above to by midnight on Monday 16 March.

These internships will ideally cover a 3 month period from April/May to July 2020 and subsequent start dates in the summer and autumn. We are open to flexibility for the right candidates. We would like to receive applications by 16 March but we reserve the right to consider applications until which time we have filled the positions.

We aim to hold interviews during w/c 23 March

We ask applicants to complete and return the recruitment monitoring form along with your application. The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in this form will be treated in strict confidence and not form part of the selection process. You may choose not to disclose some or all of the information requested in the form, and this will not affect your application in any way.


These opportunities are only open to those PhD students eligible for funding via their DTP or Research Council. Please check your eligibility with your university placements officer before applying. 

Please note there is no formal agreement in place between RI and UKRI, and each placement will be reviewed by the grant holder and approved at their discretion.

You will need to obtain the grant holder’s written permission to undertake the placement, outlining any funding arrangements, before a position can be offered

Apply now

Please download the full JD and Person Specification.

Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 16 March 2020,.

Interviews are scheduled to take place wc 23 March

Please note, the Ri is unable to assist with accommodation costs; applicants need to be able to arrange accommodation in London or the South East for the duration of the 12 weeks. Some assistance with travel costs may be available.