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Research Assistant Internship

Internship at Seefar

Research Assistant Internship

Internship at Seefar

  • LocationGravesend, UK
  • Position levelInternship
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 13 Sep, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
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  • CompetitiveCompetitive

Research Assistant Internship 

As an Intern at Seefar you will conduct research that supports Seefar’s global work on our key themes: displaced people, security and justice, preventing violent extremism, low-skill migration and combating human trafficking/modern slavery. Responsibilities will be set according to experience and background, and may include: support to the design and implementation of research projects, data analysis, production of research outputs, administration of research projects, and helping to develop our external research communications. You will have thematic knowledge relevant to our programmes, and a good understanding of research processes in an academic or market research environment. However, applicants who do not have subject matter expertise are encouraged to apply as long as they bring a keenness to develop professional research skills in those fields. This is a paid six-month internship, requiring a minimum of three days per week. You can live wherever you like and must be fluent in English.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit

This role demands someone who is smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly and interested in hard challenges. Seefar has a track record for delivering research projects in East Africa, West Africa, North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia on migration and human trafficking issues. Our research team is growing and the role will be a part of that growth.

To get a sense of the research we specialise in at Seefar, please visit but note the bulk of our research is unpublished.

For examples of projects relevant to migration, please visit and for human trafficking and modern slavery, please visit

We are looking for someone with:

  • A proven interest in research relevant to Seefar’s programmes. Alternatively, proven interest in research with a social objective and a desire to develop those skills within a migration or social inclusion program.
  • A sound understanding of research processes and experience implementing internationally-focused research or policy projects. These may include academic theses or projects, other internships and work experience, or volunteer work.
  • A track record conducting research and analysis, combining primary and secondary data sources to produce high-quality reports, and other outputs.
  • Motivation to learn, develop, and grow to achieve social impact, with an openness to new places and cultures, and high comfort working with a diverse, geographically spread team.
  • Comfort learning and adapting to new software, and willingness to communicate using Skype.
  • Complete fluency in oral and written English.


The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.

Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

Approximately 85% of your time and attention:

  • With supervision, design research frameworks and add input on research methodologies.
  • Conduct ad hoc quantitative data analysis projects using Stata or other relevant statistical software:
  • Clean data, import into Stata or other relevant software, and code variables;
  • Perform basic descriptive and inferential analysis;
  • With guidance, produce analytical documents based on key quantitative findings.
  • Conducting literature reviews and desk research, and supporting qualitative analysis on migration, displacement, and social inclusion themes; Analyse transcripts and qualitative data, with guidance.
  • Producing (writing and editing) high quality reports through own analysis or compiling of existing components (desk research, quantitative findings, qualitative findings) and with guidance.
  • Learning and developing your technical skills.
  • Assisting with basic monitoring and evaluation tasks to support Seefar Programs;
  • Other tasks as required.
  • Approximately 10% of your time and attention:

    • Strengthening the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in research.
    • Assist with research publication and dissemination activities, including:
    • Coordinating the copyediting and typesetting process;
    • Promoting via social media and email;
  • Write blog-style pieces.
  • Direct: Global Management

    Approximately 5% of your time and attention:

    • Cooperating with other areas of the Migration Program and Enterprise to support corporate management overall. For example, adhering to financial and HR procedures.
    Working with Seefar

    Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

    • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
    • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
    • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
    • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
    • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
    • You are never bored and always challenged.

    Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

    • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
    • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
    • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
    • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.
    • It is a fast paced work environment so productivity and prioritisation skills are essential.
    Our Commitment to You

    As a social enterprise, we are committed to ensuring mutual benefit to the Enterprise and interns. In recognition of the innovation and hard work interns bring, we offer:

    • A paid internship and the flexibility to live wherever you want.
    • Investment in your professional development, including learning goals and dedicated time to pursue training/learning opportunities.
    • Continual review and allocation of tasks and responsibilities to best reflect interests and skill level.
    • Priority consideration for permanent positions. Although this is not guaranteed, Seefar is growing fast and recruits frequently.
    An Excellent Candidate

    To excel in this role, you will have experience in conducting research and passion to develop those skills working on migration, social inclusion or modern slavery issues. You have statistical analysis, and/or qualitative analysis skills, preferably with some experience using software for this. You enjoy working with data, conducting analysis, and working collaboratively. Your comprehension and writing skills are excellent and you have the ability to synthesise and make sense of information and data from diverse academic and non-academic sources. You are able to produce outputs that meet expectations. You recognise the importance of being highly organised, prioritising, and being highly productive. You enjoy travelling, have spent time outside of your country of origin, and are motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact. You have a sense of humor and a can-do attitude.

    Seefar will take into account the difficulties some applicants, such as displaced persons and those living in conflict-affected zones, may face in fulfilling the requirements outlined above. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

    To apply for this Role

    Applications can be completed by clicking 'Apply Now'. Before you start, you should do the following:

    • Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    • Proven understanding of research processes and desire to develop research skills within a migration or social inclusion program.
    • A Social Science, Statistics or relevant degree or be completing one.
    • Acceptance of the terms of the position under the ‘Our commitment to you’ heading of this description.
    • Motivation to learn, develop, grow and travel to achieve social impact.
    • Complete fluency in oral and written English.
  • Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format.
  • In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the following:
  • One paragraph outlining what you hope to get out of a research internship at Seefar.
  • One paragraph outlining the areas of research you are most interested in.
  • References to 2-3 samples of your professional or academic writing in English. Web links are preferred, or you may upload an example when you submit your application. Writing should be sole-authored and unedited. Examples of your work involving data analysis are encouraged but not required.
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