Digital Intern - The Royal Institution

12 week PIPS - Apply by 29 August

BBSRC Professional Internship Placement: Digital intern 

Job description and person specification 

Accountable to: Video Production Coordinator
Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS 
Contract type: Full-time internship - 35 hours per week
12 week placement 
Salary: BBSRC Stipend

The Royal Institution’s (Ri) purpose is to harness science for the maximum benefit of society. To achieve the full benefits of what science has to offer, we must ensure there is a healthy and dynamic interaction between science, culture and society. Home to eminent scientists such as Michael Faraday, Humphry Davy and Kathleen Lonsdale, the Ri’s discoveries have helped to shape the modern world. Just as importantly these scientists recognised the importance of sharing their work with the wider public.

Today we continue our mission as a registered charity providing science education and heritage activities for people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK and around the world. These activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES; public talks from the world’s greatest thinkers in our historic lecture theatre; a national programme of Masterclasses for young people in mathematics, engineering and computer science; hands-on science workshops in our L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre; animations and films from our award-winning Ri Channel and the preservation of our scientific legacy through the Faraday Museum and archival collections.

Find out more at rigb.org and richannel.org

Job Purpose 

This role will focus on expanding the scope and audiences of Ri Science videos and podcasts, as well as help the dissemination and production of other forms of Ri digital science content. Working closely with all members of the Ri Digital team, as the BBSRC placement student, you will be involved in improving the user experience of our YouTube channels, as well as producing the Ri podcasts, and assisting in developing digital content, community and engagement, writing copy, creating YouTube playlists, updating our YouTube homepage and identifying websites and channels for potential Ri promotional partnerships.


We are looking for someone to join our team for 3 months from September to November although there may be flexibility for the right candidate.

Main duties of the role 
  • Updating our YouTube channel and videos to reflect our new design guidelines
  • Updating our YouTube homepage and playlists
  • Identifying possible YouTube partners for collaboration
  • Liaising with media partners to promote our videos
  • Writing engaging and user-focused copy for YouTube videos 
  • Optimising our YouTube channel content for the YouTube algorithm and search engines
  • Monitoring our YouTube and podcast statistics and using this to make further recommendations 
  • Identifying under-performing content and finding ways for them to reach new audiences
  • Moderating YouTube comments 
General responsibilities applicable to all staff
  • Understand and support the vision, mission and aims of the Ri;
  • Maintain awareness of your own and others’ Health and Safety, and comply with the Ri’s Health and Safety policy;
  • Adhere to and champion the Ri’s policy and practices on Child Safeguarding.
  • Take appropriate responsibility for records held, created or used as part of your work for the Ri (paper-based and electronic) as per the Data Protection Act 1998. 
  • Encourage team working and effective communication with colleagues.
  • Act as a representative of the Ri and deal with Ri customers, stakeholders and the public in a professional manner at all times.
  • Comply with Ri financial policies and practices as applicable.
  • Undertake other duties as may be reasonably requested of your post.
Person specification 

This role would be ideal for someone who would like to gain experience working in digital media and science communication fields. During the project, you will be working with a creative team of media producers and digital communication professionals.

Prior experience of media production isn’t essential for the role, but we are looking for someone who enjoys listening, watching and reading science content online. Ideally you will have some experience of communicating science online – be it on social media or a blog – along with a keen eye for detail and a knack for interpreting science for a range of audiences. 

How to apply 

To apply please email your CV and recruitment monitoring form to recruitment@ri.ac.uk by midnight on Tuesday 29 August 2017 with a short covering letter, no longer than one side of A4, to explain why you are interested in the placement.

For more information see our website www.rigb.org/about/work-with-us/programme-placements/bbsrc-pipswhere you can also download a monitoring form.
The Ri is an Equal Opportunities Employer

published on: 19th June 2017