Intern for Institute for Community Studies

Job title: Intern – Institute for Community Studies
Salary: £21,000 per annum (pro-rata), plus benefits
Location: Bethnal Green, London (working remotely for the time-being)
Hours: Part Time (3 days a week)
Contract: Fixed term 4 months

About the Young Foundation

The Young Foundation’s mission is to enable the development of connected, more sustainable and stronger communities across the UK. We do this through amplifying the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities to drive locally-led community action and enterprise. We use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity, then work with national partners to support and invest in new ideas to tackle those shared challenges. Bringing together our own – and other people’s – work, we are building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them.

About the role

We are looking for an Intern to work across two teams at the Young Foundation – The Institute for Community Studies (ICS) and the Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change (CDC) programme. You will be responsible for developing a new approach to community engagement. You will research best community development practices across the UK and create a tool kit. This tool kit will share guidance on blending face-to-face and digital community engagement. You will center your project on Tower Hamlets, as part of our work with CDC.

You will be an energetic and proactive person – ideally from Tower Hamlets, or with experience and knowledge of the area. You will have experience working on, or participating in, community projects. You will have a sound knowledge of doing social research – including desk-based research, phone interviews, and qualitative analysis.

You will be:

  • highly organised
  • an excellent communicator (both verbally and written)
  • have a willingness to learn new things, and;
  • have a strong commitment to improving community development practices in response to the challenges we are currently facing

You will be able to work in a way which prioritises people and different cultures. For instance, recognising and responding to the disproportionate impact of covid-19 on the communities we work alongside. You will use your sensitivity and insights to shape the work you produce as part of your internship.

How to apply

Please read the Job Description and then complete the Application Form and return it to applications@youngfoundation.org. CVs are not necessary.

The closing date for applications is 11:59pm Tuesday 1st December

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Friday 4th December

Interviews will take place remotely on Tuesday 8th December and will involve a panel and task.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates from a BAME background and who are local to Tower Hamlets.

You must have the right to live and work in the UK. Non-­EU nationals who require a work permit in order to take up employment will not be considered.

The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We regret that we will only be able to reply, and give feedback, to short-listed applicants.