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Design and Production intern Nesta Internship Programme

Internship at University of London

Design and Production intern Nesta Internship Programme

Internship at University of London

  • LocationLondon, UK
  • Position levelInternship
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 15 Aug, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
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  • Competitive£ 18,360.0 per year

Job title: Design and Production intern (International Innovation Policy Team)

Salary: London Living Wage London Living Wage £10.20 per hour - £382.50 per week

Location: Blackfriars, London

Term: (6 months) Fri 5th October 2018 to Friday 5th April 2019

Hours: Full-time, 37.5 per week

Deadline: 10pm, Saturday 1st September 2018

To Apply: See Below. Apply through this link only, any applications made to Nesta directly will not be considered.

We are looking for an intern with a design background to join our busy team and provide support to the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator programme. If you are an enthusiastic, proactive visual thinker who enjoys working in a fast-paced, collegiate and fun environment, we would love to hear from you.


Nesta is a global innovation foundation, based in the UK. We back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time.

We use our knowledge, networks, funding and skills - working in partnership with others, including governments, businesses and charities. We are a UK charity but work all over the world, supported by a financial endowment.

We are partnering with UK government agency Innovate UK and a unique team of academic, public and private sector organisations to lead the design and delivery of a brand new tailor-made development programme for innovation policymakers, the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator. The programme was first piloted in the four countries of the Pacific Alliance, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru in 2016-17. It is now rolled out to other Newton Fund countries: in 2017-18 to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, and in 2018-19 to India and Brazil.

Key tasks

  1. Design materials.

To support the Policy Accelerator team in creating a suite of learning materials. This would include collating, editing and amending existing documents, engaging with colleagues to produce new materials, if necessary, and giving finished products a clear visual identity.

  1. Workshop support.

To support the Policy Accelerator team in the creation and delivery of the workshops. This could include preparing materials, managing workshop logistics, supporting facilitators and working with small groups to deliver meaningful change.


Your role would be to provide design support to the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator programme to help develop visually engaging and informative content. This may include working on a wide range of materials, from PowerPoint presentations, to workshop tools, online learning content or even data visualisations. As a part of the Policy Accelerator team, you will:

  • Contribute to the writing, editing and proofreading of materials for publication, especially for use by learners and practitioners.
  • Provide support with day to day logistics and help ensure that team systems and processes are followed and improved as we go.
  • Work to help capture, record and share insights and evidence coming out of the Programme, as well as design outputs which could be packaged and shared for wider use.
  • Support workshop delivery and facilitation at key points of the Programme.
  • Provide support with content for the programme webpage (this will include picture editing) and social media (Twitter).

The Person

  • Educated to degree level with a background in Graphic, Communication or Service Design, or alternatively in Design with strong visualisation skills.
  • Natural visual thinker, with an ability to capture crude ideas and translate them into compelling visuals; experience with prototyping methods is desirable.
  • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud and PowerPoint.
  • Strong eye for detail, with great copywriting and meticulous proofreading skills.
  • A can-do, hands-on person with strong problem solving skills, a flexible approach to managing tasks and activities and a love for making things that work!
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, ability and experience to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • An interest in innovation, especially in the public sector.
  • An understanding of different cultural dimensions and how to design for them.
  • An interest or experience in the following areas would be highly advantageous:
  • -Using innovation methods and tools;
  • -Teaching and learning, delivering workshops and training.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

About Nesta

  • We see - we spot opportunities in challenges
  • We spark - we generate novel ideas to solve big problems that matter to everyone
  • We shape - we provide the help needed for promising ideas to grow and adapt
  • We shift - we join with others to back world-changing ideas

Application Process -

1. Applicants should apply with their most up to date CV only, no cover letter required at this stage.

2. All CVs will be filtered and screened by the University of London's Internship Team.

3. Once the Internships team at the University have filtered and screened all the applications; they will call all the suitable applicants over the phone. Unfortunately due to the high number of applications that we receive, we can only call the most suitable candidates.

4. Successful candidates will be notified of the application process and the next stages

All applications for all of the Internship vacancies at Nesta will be managed by the University of London, Internship team. Therefore, if you have any problems with applying or questions regarding the placement, Nesta ask that you contact the University of London Internships team directly. Any candidates that contact Nesta directly may be missed in the application process.

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Job location

Senate House, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU, UK