Royal Institution – CHRISTMAS LECTURES intern – 20 July 2022

 

Name Royal Institution
Placement base location 21 Albemarle Street, London, with a mix of home and office working (students will be expected to base themselves within or near to London for the period of the placement)
Website https://www.rigb.org/
Contact for enquiries Rakhshanda Hussain
Contact details recruitment@ri.ac.uk
Placement job title CHRISTMAS LECTURES intern
Potential start date September 2022
Potential working pattern Full-time
Details of application method Send your CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in applying and how you meet the requirements specified in the role description to recruitment@ri.ac.uk
Application closing date 9:00am 20 July 2022
Overview of PIPS organisation

For over 200 years, our building has been home to some of the most eminent scientists in history, who have used our building to communicate scientific developments and discoveries with our audiences. Throughout our history we’ve been harnessing technological innovation to help us engage the public with science, and since May 2020 we’ve been livestreaming all our public events, featuring world-leading scientists and thinkers, online for free.

The Ri provides 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 (currently via Livestream); a national programme of Masterclasses for young people in mathematics and computer science; science workshops in our L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre; animations and films from our YouTube channel (which has over 1 million subscribers) and the preservation of our scientific legacy through the Faraday Museum and archival collections.

Placement offered

 About the Role

The Ri is an independent charity dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives. For over 200 years, our wonderful building, has been home to some of the most eminent scientists in history.

We provide 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 (currently via Livestream); a national programme of Masterclasses for young people in mathematics and computer science; hands-on science workshops in our L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre; animations and films from our YouTube channel (which has over 1 million subscribers) and the preservation of our scientific legacy through the Faraday Museum and archival collections.

Find out more at https://www.youtube.com/user/theroyalinstitution.

The project and the role of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Assistant

This placement will involve joining the Ri at its busiest and most exciting time of year; the planning, filming and broadcast of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Started by Michael Faraday in 1825, and first broadcast on national television in 1936, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES are the UK’s flagship science series. The three-part series is filmed in front of a live audience in the Ri’s famous lecture theatre and watched by millions on the BBC over the festive period and on BBC iPlayer and the Ri YouTube channel afterwards.

The intern will be a key part of the delivery team for the lectures, working alongside the Ri Team. They will assist with preparations for the creation, development and implementation of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES and associated activities. The role will involve working with the Ri team, a TV production company, partner organisations around the UK, and a variety of unpredictable children, animals, academics, and props.

Every day will be different but potential tasks and responsibilities will include helping to coordinate the multiple partners who come together to make the Lectures happen. This may include researching items for scripts and supporting script production, liaising with schools on their engagement, coordination of internal workstreams, and overseeing elements of the production. There may be heavy lifting or access to hazardous material, but full Risk Assessments will be carried out and training and support given where necessary.

The intern may also be provided with opportunities to work with Ri staff working in other departments, so they end their placement with a full understanding of how the Ri meets its mission.

Who are we looking for?

This placement would be ideal for anyone interested in learning more about science communication and informal education through demonstrations, live events, and mass media. There is no need to have any prior TV or presenting experience, but the following experience is highly desirable:

  • Experience working on projects with multiple stakeholders to a rigid timetable
  • Experience of taking science communication and/or informal education projects from conception through to delivery

Practicalities

As the position involves working with young people, the post holder will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS clearance and related checks as mandated by UK laws and regulations.

How to apply

Please review the full job description and person specification (downloads below), and send your CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in the placement and how you meet the criteria set out above to recruitment@ri.ac.uk by 9.00am on Monday 18 July 2022.

We plan to hold interviews week commencing 25 July.

Equal opportunities

We ask applicants to complete and return the recruitment monitoring form along with their application. These can be downloaded from our website.

Financial contribution/benefit(s)
None detailed.