It has been well observed and documented that women working and studying in areas such as the physical sciences and engineering fall victim to the ‘leaky pipeline’ – an analogy often used to refer to the correlation between the steady decrease in the numbers of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers and their seniority in the organisation.
Female staff and students in both Physics and Engineering aim, therefore, to host a ‘Women in Science’ event, the focus of which will be to share experience between academia and industry of the career challenges faced by women in science and to identify best practice in tackling such issues. Further, the event will engage staff, students and alumni of the university with the wider science business community.
Two interns are sought, therefore, to help with the organisation, marketing and running of this event which will be held in November 2014. The role will encompass the setting up of a database of potential attendees at the event, the marketing of the event to those potential attendees and monitoring interest in the event. A key requirement of the role will also be to create and monitor appropriate marketing channels for the event, including social media, email and paper-based resources.
Also key will be contribution to the planning of the event, including identifying potential speakers and topics of interest, the ordering of refreshments, liaising with suppliers and speakers and ensuring all runs smoothly on the day of the event.
Interns will work as part of the event organising committee who will meet with them on a regular basis.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Work with the staff already involved in planning the event to understand the requirements of the internship.
2. To undertake research into potential speakers and topics of interest.
3. Create and manage appropriate marketing channels for the event, including social media, email and paper-based resources.
4. Develop a database of potential attendees at the event and ensure that invitations are sent to these.
5. Work within the project budget to provide appropriate refreshments for the event.
6. Liaise with speakers and attendees prior to and at the event to ensure its smooth running and success.
There are two internship positions available, both of which are for 70 hours, to be worked part-time. It is envisaged that the internship will start before the summer vacation, continuing next academic year and with some hours to be undertaken remotely during the vacation. The event planning team is happy to work around other summer commitments the successful candidates may have.
Studying for a degree in Physics or Engineering
Experience (although not necessarily in the workplace) of working to deadlines and under pressure
Familiarity with a number of social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
Good written and spoken English
Strong communication skills
Experience of project planning and working as part of a team
Lancaster University Physics/Engineering Departments
Lancaster University , Bailrigg , Lancaster , LA1 4YQ
£6.31 (plus holiday pay)
Mon 26th May 2014
To be confirmed