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RSA Academies Intern

£17,108 per annum (equivalent to the London Living Wage, pro rata) + benefits

35 hours per week (part time 28 hours per week or more can also be considered)

Fixed term contract for 6 months from 1 February 2016

Based in London WC2        

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 over 27,000 Fellows around the world – these are achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive and social change.

One of the RSA’s key educational programmes is the establishment of a “Family of Academies”.  The RSA currently works with five schools as a partner or sponsor, with two additional schools joining in January 2016, and plans to gradually increase the number of schools in the Family in the West Midlands over the next few years.

The Family of Academies team currently comprises three permanent staff.  We are now looking for an RSA Academies intern to work with us for the next six months to support the further development of the RSA Family of Academies.  The intern will help with many aspects of the team’s work, with a particular responsibility for fund-raising. They will also be responsible for organising events for staff and students, work on the RSA Academies website, and provide administrative support to the programme as a whole. 

This opportunity would most suit someone with experience of fund-raising, whether gained in a paid or voluntary capacity, and who is keen to combine fund-raising and administrative work with opportunities to work directly with children and young people.  The post is likely to appeal to a self-starter who enjoys variety, and is comfortable with multi-tasking.

The post will be based in London but the post-holder will need to make reasonably regular visits to the West Midlands (approximately twice monthly), where the Academies are located.  These visits sometimes necessitate early starts or late finishes.  Expenses will be covered for travel. Time off in lieu can be taken for out of hours work in line with the leave policy.

As an RSA intern, you can expect to make a real and valued contribution to one or more RSA projects. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who would benefit strongly from this opportunity.


How to apply

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

  • A copy of 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 Georgina Chatfield. Please also state where you saw this advertised (for recruitment monitoring purposes)
  • Short written exercise: In no more than 500 words write a blog piece on a current issue in education that could be used for the RSA blog.

Then click on "Apply Now" below to submit your application. The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on Monday 04 January 2016. Interviews are expected to take place on 19 January 2015. Please note that we are unable to accept late or incomplete applications.


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

Application pack (PDF) (0,9Mb)

Please note that due to the nature of this position, any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.


The RSA is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

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