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RSA Student Design Awards Intern

£17,745 per annum (equivalent to the London Living Wage, pro rata) + benefits

Fixed term for 7 months from 27 February 2017

Based in London WC2        

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work within the RSA’s Action and Research Centre to provide support to the RSA Student Design Awards team. The RSA Student Design Awards is a global curriculum and competition that challenges emerging designers to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking.

The RSA Student Design Awards team is now looking for an intern to work with us for the next seven months to provide general support to the team across events, admin and communications.  The intern will help with many aspects of the team’s work  including assisting with running the competition judging sessions, publicising winners and helping to plan the awards ceremony as well as creating graphics and preparing content for the launch of our 2017/18 briefs.

The ideal applicant will have an interest in design education, design for social good, and empowering the next generation of designers. This opportunity would most suit someone who is keen to get stuck in assisting with the management of a fast-paced design competition and curriculum. We’re looking for someone who has strong Creative Suite skills and can assist us in developing communications materials, but who is happy to spend a considerable amount of time organizing logistics, coordinating events, and undertaking a variety of other administrative and practical programme delivery tasks.

Note that creating artwork is one of many components of this role – the successful application will work closely with the RSA Student Design Awards team on all aspects of their work, so the post should appeal to someone who enjoys variety and multi-tasking, and is a flexible team player.

As an RSA intern, you can expect to make a real and valued contribution to one or more RSA projects, as well as the opportunity to develop your skills through our in house training and one to one training from RSA colleagues.

We would like to hear from capable and passionate individuals who are committed to the ethos of the RSA and the work of the RSA Student Design Awards team and who will benefit strongly from this opportunity. If that sounds like you, then we look forward to your application!

The RSA’s mission is to enrich society through ideas and action.  We serve this mission by acting as a global hub, by enabling millions of people to access the most creative ideas, by nurturing networks of innovators, and through researching, testing and sharing practical interventions.


How to apply

To apply for this position please download the application pack document below and prepare the following to submit as one document:

  • Your current CV

  • A covering letter clearly addressing how you meet the criteria for the role as set out in the person specification. You may address your covering letter to Amanda Kanojia. Please also state where you saw this advertised (for recruitment monitoring purposes)

Then click on "Apply Now" below to submit your application. The closing date for receipt of applications is 9am Monday 16 January 2017. Please note that we are unable to accept late or incomplete applications. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 25 January 2017- candidates must be available to attend an interview on this date. The successful candidate will need to be able to start on Monday 27 February 2017.


Application pack (PDF)


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


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