FindAUniversity Ltd – Assistant Content Writer – deadline: ongoing

Name FindAUniversity Ltd
Department Content team
Placement base location Sheffield
Contact for enquiries Dr Mark Bennett
Contact details


Telephone: 01142 684940

Placement job title Assistant Content Writer
Potential start date We currently have the capacity to take on PIPS interns at any point from April 2020.
Potential working pattern Ideally, placements would be completed on a three-month, full-time, basis.
Details of application method CV and covering letter, via email to A writing sample is helpful, but not essential. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to an interview in Sheffield.
Application closing date Ongoing
Overview of PIPS organisation
FindAUniversity Ltd are the publishers of a range of websites and resources for prospective postgraduate students, including and We also run a series of successful UK-wide postgraduate study fair events and provide advice on Marketing and Recruitment for HEIs around the world.
Placement offered
Project Outline The placement is to take place within the Content team at FindAUniversity Ltd. The successful candidate will be involved with our ongoing activities as a professional publisher of high-quality online resources for prospective postgraduate students. Core activities would include:

  • Researching and writing articles for our flagship websites, FindAMasters and FindAPhD
  • Copywriting and editorial work on our regular e-newsletters
  • Supporting and engaging with our audience and community via social media

These channels reach a substantial audience. Individual articles on our sites are typically read by thousands of people a month; our newsletters are sent to a combined audience of over 350,000 subscribers.

In addition to this core work, the intern would take charge of a dedicated project designed to improve a critical aspect of our websites and content. Past examples have included assisting with the redesign of our course search, creating pilot content for new sites, and undertaking substantial audit and improvement of existing resources.

Opportunities may also exist to work with our digital marketing, web development and events teams.

Essential Skills

This post requires candidates who are enthusiastic about writing and want to take their work to the next level. It would ideally suit someone who is looking to gain professional copywriting and publishing experience, perhaps with a view to working in science communications, PR or policy, following their PhD.

Training and editorial support will be required, but we’ll be looking for someone with a good standard of literacy to begin with. Experience of writing for the web is desirable, but not essential.

Skills Developed

The position will develop the student’s writing and proofreading skills. They will gain an in-depth knowledge of the postgraduate education sector, student recruitment and relevant policy. They will also gain technical skills including SEO and HTML along with experience using professional CMS platforms for web publishing. After three months they should also have a good understanding of internet advertising and student recruitment.

This sort of placement would be ideal for a PhD student seeking to gain experience of writing for more varied audiences, perhaps with a view to one day working in web publishing, science communication or policy.

Number of Placements Offered

Variable, depending on number of suitable applications.

Financial contribution/benefit(s)

Interns will be based at our office here in Sheffield. Support with accommodation and travel may be available for candidates who need to commute or relocate for the placement.

Additional benefits

FindAUniversity is a friendly, collaborative and supportive place to work. We run frequent social events and provide free weekly Pilates and mindfulness sessions as well as a company lunch on Fridays. Interns are provided with a personal mentor to help them settle in and support them in getting the most out of their time with us.