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Intern, Citizens' Economic Council

£17,108 per annum (London Living Wage) + benefits

35 hours per week with some flexibility, especially for those with caring responsibilities, based in London WC2, with occasional travel across the United Kingdom expected.

We’re delighted to invite applications for a six month fixed term internship on a high profile and innovative Action and Research Centre programme, the RSA’s Citizens’ Economic Council, part of the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing team.

The RSA Citizens’ Economic Council aims to increase the influence that citizens have on national economic decisions. It also aims to help build the case for deliberative citizen engagement in policymaking as well as for a deeper and more discursive democracy.

About the internship opportunity

This is an exciting and varied opportunity for an individual who has a passionate interest in the future space for democratic practices and the ability for those practices to influence policy. You will be supported and empowered to develop a broad range of skills and a portfolio of experience which includes:

  • Facilitation skills (training will be provided)
  • Project co-ordination
  • Administration (of the programme’s Independent Advisory Group and Economic Inclusion Roadshow)
  • Innovation and design of public engagement processes
  • Research and analysis
  • Communications
  • Event management

You will also have the opportunity to and be encouraged to attend events from the RSA’s busy public events programme as part of your own professional learning and development, to network and collaborate with employees across the organisation, and to engage with the RSA’s network of 28,000 fellows.

You would take responsibility for the delivery of at least one discrete area of work within the programme.  This might involve leading the coordination of an event; drafting a high quality research or think-piece under supervision; creating a toolkit; or developing an online resource. This can be agreed and discussed early on during the course of the internship and will form part of your personal development plan.


What we’re looking for:

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and committed self-starter with excellent organisational skills, the ability to build excellent working relationships and the ability to learn both quickly and on the job. Sound IT and communication skills are necessary.

Experience and/or an academic background in either economics or democratic practice and participation is not necessary, but could be valuable and is desirable. We would like to see applicants for this post demonstrate a strong interest in democratising economics and making it more accessible to a wider group of people.

We hope that this internship will provide an opportunity for someone either at an early stage in their career or looking for a career change to grow and to develop, positioning them to apply for entry-level posts in the public policy and charitable sector at the end of their internship.

We would like to hear from capable and passionate individuals who are committed to the ethos of the RSA and the ethos of the Citizens’ Economic Council programme, and who will benefit strongly from this opportunity.


About the RSA

The RSA combines thought leadership with civic innovation to further human progress. Building on our 250 year history as a beacon for enlightenment values, the RSA is currently at an exciting period in its history. We provide platforms for leading experts through the UK’s most ambitious free public lecture series, our projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today and we are building on our network of 28,000 Fellows around the world – these are achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive and social change.


How to apply

To apply for this position please download the application pack below and prepare your CV, covering letter, and short written assignment (please see the application pack for details). Your covering letter should outline why this internship interests you and how you meet the criteria for the role. You may address your covering letter to Amanda Kanojia.

Then click on "Apply Now" below to submit your application. The deadline for completed applications is midnight on Monday 19th September 2016. Please note that we cannot accept late or incomplete applications. We will shortlist during that week and inform you if you have been successful.

Interviews are expected to take place in week commencing Monday 3rd October 2016. The internship is expected to start in the week commencing Monday 10th October 2016.


Application pack

The closing date for applications has now passed for this role.


The RSA is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

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