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Birkbeck Institute Internships

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH)  are currently seeking 4 part-time interns for a period of one year to assist with the work of the Institutes for 3.5 hours/week during term time, which equates to 30 weeks. Some flexible working is required including some evenings and weekends, but all working patterns will be agreed in advance.

The interns will work both independently and alongside the Directors and the Manager of the two Institutes and will develop invaluable generic skills which will contribute to their future academic careers.

Job Role includes:

  • Assisting with organising the Institutes’ events, workshops and conferences.
  • Taking the lead role in organising the Birkbeck Graduate Conference (including developing the concept and cfp, organising catering and other logistics, liaising with keynote speakers, monitoring the budget).
  • Setting up new and supporting current social networking and other electronic forms of dissemination to publicise events and the work of BISR and BIH (e.g. twitter; Facebook; online marketing).
  • Event logistics – ensuring the Institutes’ events run smoothly on the day (including meeting and greeting visiting speakers and guests, setting up seminar rooms, loading any PowerPoint or images required etc.
  • Assisting with running the Institutes’ blogs, including writing posts, conducting interviews and soliciting contributions from other event attendees and academics

Knowledge and experience required:

  • Some experience of event organisation
  • Familiarity with using social media as a promotional tool
  • Some experience of writing and/or editing blogs
  • A track record of being organised, punctual and having good time management
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Prospective candidates are expected to familiarise themselves with the work of both Institutes and an interest in the respective research areas of the two Institutes is desirable.


Salary: Grade 5 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is £28,633 pro-rata per annum.

These roles are only open to current Birkbeck PhD candidates.

How to apply:

Please send a brief CV and a letter of application to by 10am on Monday 2 October 2017. Interviews for the roles will take place shortly after.

Birkbeck is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all candidates irrespective of their sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. Birkbeck is a member of the ‘positive about disability’ two ticks scheme and guarantees to interview all candidates who meet the essential criteria for the post.

Previous Interns

  • Nelly Ali (PhD candidate, GEDS)
  • Ceylan Begüm Yildiz (PhD candidate, Law)
  • Eleonora Bottini (PhD candidate, Psychosocial Studies)
  • Senjuti Chakraborti (PhD candidate, English and Humanities and Law)
  • Beth Hodgett (PhD candidate, History of Art)
  • Charlotte Knowles (PhD candidate, Philosophy)
  • Luca Lapolla (PhD candidate, History)
  • Eva-Maria Lauenstein (PhD candidate, English & Humanities)
  • Moniza Rizzini (PhD candidate, Law)
  • Erol Saglam (PhD candidate, Psychosocial Studies)
  • Mayur Suresh (PhD candidate, Law)
  • Güneş Tavmen (PhD candidate, Film, Media and Cultural Studies)
  • Thomas Travers (PhD Candidate, English and Humanities)
  • Ceren Yalcin (PhD candidate, Psychosocial Studies)
  • Chenyang Wang (PhD candidate, Psychosocial)
  • Calum Wright (PhD candidate, History)