Science Engagement Internships May-Dec 2024 (x3)

Join the Royal Institution (Ri) for a 3-month PhD internship to gain experience of science communication and engagement

There are 3 different 3-month opportunities between May and December 2024

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Katherine Leedale

Public Programme Evaluation Intern (x1 placement)

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London

Contract Type: (x1) 3-month full-time internship for PhD students – 35 hours per week.

Duration: Between June and December 2024; dates are flexible

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

Programme Curation & Content Research Intern (x1 placement)

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London

Contract Type: (x1) 3-month full-time internship for PhD students – 35 hours per week.

Duration: Between June and December 2024

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

Public Programme

The Royal Institution’s (Ri) Public Programme is one of the longest serving science engagement programmes in the world. It provides an intellectually stimulating array of opportunities for individuals to engage with science, explore the latest scientific advancements, and deepen their understanding of the world around them. From boundary-pushing creative engagement activities to viral lectures, and workshops presented by esteemed scientists, Nobel Prize winners, global leaders and more, the Ri prides itself on creating an inclusive space where all individuals, regardless of background or age, can participate in an intellectual exchange and expand their knowledge of scientific research and ideas.

The public programme is a remarkable resource for those with a passion for science, seeking to learn and engage in intellectual discourse.

Digital Media Intern ( x1 placement)

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London

Contract Type: (x1) 3-month full-time internship for PhD students – 35 hours per week.

Duration: May - July 2024

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

The Digital Media Team

At the Ri, we see digital as an essential means of bringing thought-provoking science and our rich science heritage to millions of people online. As our Digital Media intern, you will help support the Ri’s digital content production and platforms.

You do not need any formal experience, however, an interest in learning more about digital media and discovering its’ potential for communicating science to diverse and global audiences, would be ideal.

We are a small and creative digital team and we work collaboratively with our internal partners. A strong understanding of how engaging science content can inspire a non-academic science would be helpful.

Who are we looking for?

These placements are ideal for anyone interested in science education, education outreach, working with young people, and science communication. There is no need for prior experience in science communication or working with young people, but we are looking for applicants with great team skills who are enthusiastic, flexible, open-minded, and keen to learn new skills.

About the Ri

The purpose of the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We've been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.

We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.

Our activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTUREStalks from leading scientists and thinkers, explosive science shows, engaging school programmes, the Faraday Museum, our archival collections, and our innovative digital engagement activities, including live-streamed talks and our YouTube channel, which has over one million subscribers.

The Ri's large Grade 1 listed multi-purpose building on Albemarle Street, Mayfair is open to the public and acts as a busy events venue, as well as providing office accommodation for the Ri team and commercial tenants.

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to PhD students who are eligible to undertake an internship as part of their studentship and receive a stipend from their Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in order to do so. Please check your eligibility with your university placements officer or  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 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

Unfortunately, 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 three months. Some assistance with travel costs may be available.

Interested?

Please review the full job descriptions here: Science Engagement Internships May-Dec 2024 (x3) | Royal Institution (rigb.org)  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 recruitment@ri.ac.uk by 9.00am on Monday 4 March 2024.

We are hoping to hold interviews week commencing 11 March 2024 or earlier.

All three internships will require the successful candidate to undergo an enhanced DBS check upon starting the role.

Equal opportunities

We ask applicants to complete and return the recruitment monitoring form along with their 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.