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Qualitative Research and Design Research intern Nesta Internsh

Internship at University of London

Qualitative Research and Design Research intern Nesta Internsh

Internship at University of London

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

J ob title: Qualitative Research and Design Research intern *Nesta Internships Programme*

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.

The Innovation Skills team supports Nesta's mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. We believe that everybody has the capacity to innovate, and our aim is help people become better innovators for the common good by encouraging the take up of design and innovation methods.

As a team, we have a mix of skills including design, education, policy-making, international development, programme design and management and content creation. Together we lead on the design and delivery of a number of programmes and initiatives in the public and creative sectors.

States of Change

The States of Change initiative brings together the world's best public innovation practitioners and experts. Our aim is to build the capability and culture of governments to practically deal with the complex problems they face and come up with effective answers to today's public service challenges. States of Change has been initiated by Nesta, and is a collective brought to life by its faculty, government partners and wider community of practice.

Our core activities include designing and running practical learning programmes

to help governments build their innovation cultures, and creating collaborative R&D projects to explore and test what works. These R&D projects will take various forms, including action-research coalitions and experiments, with the goal of:

  • Inspiring action and enabling practical peer-learning
  • Setting the benchmark for the next stage of public innovation practice
  • Creating co-owned principles, products and insights that strengthen the effectiveness and legitimacy of public innovation
  • Closing the knowledge and practice gaps within the current community of practice

As part of this, we are seeking an intern with a qualitative or design research background to join our busy team and provide support with R&D and related activities. In addition, this role will involve sharing our activities and learnings through the States of Change website.

The role & key tasks

  • Provide research support to the Innovation Skills team, in particular the States of Change initiative, to help develop our collaborative R&D activities, action-research coalitions and experiments
  • Support the Head of Strategy for States of Change to capture, record, analyse and share insights and evidence coming out of programmes, including developing case studies and impact stories
  • Contribute to the research, development, writing, editing and proofreading of new materials for publication (frameworks, toolkits, learning materials), especially for use by learners and practitioners
  • Help to share our processes and learnings through writing blogs/updates for the States of Change website
  • Provide support with uploading and managing content on the States of Change website (including CMS use, picture editing) and social media

The Person

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) with a background in either Social Sciences, Sociology, Service Design & Design Research, Political Sciences, Innovation Studies or related disciplines
  • Demonstrable research and analytical skills (qualitative in particular)
  • Experience working in or a keen interest in public and government innovation
  • A creative thinker with a flair for creating interesting narratives from complex data and material
  • Experience in synthesising and communicating insights and research in appealing and original ways
  • An understanding of how to approach different cultural dimensions and how to deal with a diversity of contexts and backgrounds
  • Experience of basic technical skills relevant to managing a website (CMS use)
  • Be team oriented, with a 'can do' and 'hands on' approach to helping out the wider Innovation Skills team wherever necessary
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, ability and experience to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience of creative group facilitation would be desirable

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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