Paid Internships at the BISR and BIH

Generic Skills Training for PhD Students

4 part-time internships for Birkbeck PhD students: Birkbeck Institute for Social Research & Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities


The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH) are cross-School interdisciplinary research centres that act as a hub for research at Birkbeck and beyond. They each have a Director – Professor Sasha Roseneil (BISR) and Professor Costas Douzinas (BIH) – and they are funded by the Schools of Social Science, History & Philosophy (SSHP), Arts and Law. Each Institute has a Manager – Julia Eisner (BIH) and Reina Goodwin-van der Wiel (BISR).

 We are seeking 4 part-time interns for a period of one year to assist with the work of the Institutes for 3 hours/week. The interns will work both independently and alongside the Directors and the Managers and will develop invaluable generic skills which will contribute to their future academic careers.

Interns will have a variety of opportunities to develop generic and transferable skills including:

·         Event management – seminars/conferences. This involves using initiative, taking a certain amount of responsibility, interacting with academics and learning how events are successfully managed.

·         Developing the active use of social networking/dissemination and knowledge transfer practices amongst researchers and PhD students at Birkbeck. Interns will enhance their internet skills, think creatively about how to reach new audiences to publicize institute activities, and will learn about writing for a range of media.

·         Leading the co-ordination of the Birkbeck Institute Graduate Conference. This would involve working with a number of post-graduate research students and academic staff to design and host a two day conference;

·         BIH Summer School – contributing to the setting up and running of this annual event.

Experience of social networking and blogging is desirable but not essential. Interns will be expected to maintain social networking sites and make regular contributions via the Birkbeck blog site.

Salary: Grade 5 which is £27,123 rising to £30,390 pro-rata per annum inclusive of £3,066 London Allowance pro-rata per annum.


This post is part time, 120 hours over the year and fixed term for a period of 12 months. The salary quoted above is inclusive of London allowance. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 6 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

Prospective candidates are expected to familiarise themselves with the work of both Institutes.

To apply for this post, please send a brief CV and a letter of application to Julia Eisner by 10am on Tuesday 14 July 2015. Interviews for the internships will take place on Tuesday 21 July 2015.

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.

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