Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition Intern in London, Uk

Call Deadline: January 25, 2019 
Reports to: Senior Public Engagement Officer
Line manages: None
Location: Carlton House Terrace, London
Pay band: A
Salary: £18,564 per annum
Hours: 35 hours per week (including some evening and weekend working)
Duration: 18 March 2019 to 17 July 2019 (4 months). Must be available during the Summer Science Exhibition (1 – 7 July 2019)
Interview panel: Senior Public Engagement Officer and Public Engagement Manager

Program Overview 

The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and Commonwealth, and a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as reflected in its founding charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Summer Science Exhibition Intern will work with the Public Engagement team to help deliver the Royal Society’s flagship public event of the year, the Summer Science Exhibition. Each year we bring together 22 exhibits and over 600 researchers to showcase the UK’s most exciting, cutting-edge science to over 14,000 visitors. Alongside the exhibition, we run a program of events including an adults-only evening, interactive family shows, talks and drop-in activities.


The work of the Summer Science Exhibition Intern will include:

  • Drafting, editing and maintaining content for the 2019 Summer Science Exhibition website and supporting digital engagement before and during the exhibition.
  • Liaising with the wider project team including internal departments, external stakeholders and service providers to support preparations for the exhibition.
  • Supporting the Senior Public Engagement Officer in the external recruitment and management of volunteers.
  • Writing a variety of materials for use in digital marketing, printed advertising, and internal documentation and reporting.
  • Working with the Public Engagement team during the delivery of the Summer Science Exhibition including set up weekend (29 June – 30 June), the exhibition (1 – 7 July) and take down (8 July). You will not be required to work every day of the exhibition or set up, but must be available most days during this timeframe. Time off in lieu will be given for weekend and evening working.
  • Handling administrative tasks, supporting exhibitors and volunteers, greeting visitors, and event management during the exhibition.
  • Supporting the Summer Science Exhibition Talks and activities programme, including event planning, delivery and speaker management.
  • Sharing experience and ideas with others in the section and Society, and contributing broadly to the Society’s aims and objectives.


Education / qualifications / knowledge / interests

  • A demonstrable interest in public engagement, outreach and/or working with the public  Highly Desirable
  • Good written and oral communication skills, and clear writing style  Essential
  • Good time-management and prioritisation skills  Essential
  • Good attention to detail  Essential
  • An ability to work under pressure as part of a team  Essential
  • Excellent knowledge of office systems and procedures, including computer skills in Microsoft Office and databases  Essential
  • A degree or equivalent in a science, engineering, maths or other relevant subject  Desirable
  • A demonstrable interest in science, mathematics, technology and its broader social significance   Highly Desirable
  • An understanding of online communication and marketing  Highly desirable
  • Experience in organising and delivering events  Highly desirable


  • Able to work on evenings and weekends during the exhibition (29 June – 8 July)  Essential

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