Wanted: Richardson Institute Internships Coordinators

Date: 10 September 2015

Richardson Institute - Internship Co-ordinators

The Organisation

The Richardson Institute is the oldest Peace Studies centre in the UK and is an interdisciplinary forum for research on peace and conflict. Based within the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR) at Lancaster University, the Richardson Institute brings together academics and students who are committed to undertaking contemporary research and to developing outreach activities.

The RI runs a highly successful student internship programme (RIIP) that provides advanced Undergraduate Students with opportunities to undertake research projects for external organisations across the academic year.  Previous interns have worked with organisations including RadicalisationResearch, which aims to provide policymakers and journalists with easy access to high-quality research and information on the issues of radicalisation, extremism and fundamentalism, and Maslaha, which works to promote a better understanding of Islam and tackle social issues, stereotypes and misconceptions (further information the RI and its activities can be found on its website: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/centres/richinst/).

For the coming academic year, the RIIP will open its programme to students from across FASS who have an interest in undertaking research on the themes of challenging stereotypes, peace and conflict. The programme will be working on projects with organisations including Maslaha, Football Beyond Borders, International Alert and The Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

The Opportunity

The RI would like to recruit two Postgraduate Research students from across FASS to support the promotion and delivery of the RIIP for 2015-16. This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidates to develop teaching skills and gain experience of working in a research centre as part of a dynamic team of academic staff and PhD students. 

Main Duties

The Co-ordinators will be required to:

  • ·         Familiarise themselves with the existing RIIP programme and projects for 2015/16
  • ·         Participate in the recruitment of 100 students from across the Faculty, issuing promotional materials and taking part in talks and the selection of interns
  • ·         Work with the rest of the team to plan and deliver research methods training for the interns
  • ·         Supervise the student groups towards completion of the projects for external partners
  • ·         Support students, the Faculty Office and RIIP team in the organisation of the end of year RIIP Conference
  • ·         Assist in the evaluation of the impact of the RIIP upon the skills development of student interns and the work of partner organisations.

Person Specification

The successful candidates will possess:

  • ·         Good written and verbal communication skills, with high standards of English
  • ·         Experience of undertaking empirical research
  • ·         Research interests that fall broadly within the remit of the Institute
  • ·         Experience of working with a wide range of individuals, including students, academic staff and representatives of NGOs or similar organisations 
  • ·         Attention to detail
  • ·         Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint) and social media platforms, including Twitter
  • ·         Strong organisation skills
  • ·         Ability to work independently and to deadlines



The hourly rate for this work is £14.58 and is inclusive of holiday pay (payable in monthly instalments upon production of timesheets). Successful candidates will be expected to commit to an average of four hours a week for 32 weeks throughout the academic year. This is a temporary post that will commence in October 2015 and end is expected to end July 2016.

To Apply

A CV and covering letter should be sent to Lindsey King lindsey.king@lancaster.ac.uk  by 5pm on Friday 18th September 2015. In your covering letter you should demonstrate why you are interested in this position, how you meet the person specification and where the opportunity fits with any future career plans.

Further Information

For more information on the opportunity, please contact Dr Simon Mabon: s.mabon@lancaster.ac.uk

News website: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/centres/richinst/internship-programme.htm


Further information

Associated departments and research centres: Educational Research, English and Creative Writing, European Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, History, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Law, Linguistics and English Language, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Politics, Philosophy and Religion PPR, Religious Studies, Sociology