Internship: Events Officer


The Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies invites applications from postgraduate research students in English, History, and Art History for an Internship to support and develop the activities of the Centre.

The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies
The Centre was first established in 1997 under the directorship of Professor Isobel Armstrong originally to bring together researchers in English, History of Art and History. It has since developed a reputation for its diverse events that attract national and international scholars. It hosts the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies, which sees speakers coming to Birkbeck throughout the year; it runs the successful annual Dickens Day; and organizes and hosts major conferences, workshops and symposia. The Centre also provides opportunities for Postgraduate students to organise and run events. It is still an active participant in the field-defining London Seminar for Nineteenth-Century Studies after running the seminar for many years.

The Position
This Events Officer Internship for the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies trains a student to develop, advertise, run, archive and curate a programme of public events:
• Collect and generate ideas about speakers, emerging questions, and formats for events (Nineteenth-Century Forum, workshops, day conferences, etc);
• Timetabling and scheduling, including liaising with Centre staff and speakers
• AV/IT: identifying speakers’ needs, liaising with relevant school AV/IT staff, booking and setting up IT
• Helping setting up speaker events in the Keynes Library and ensuring that it is returned to its original seating after the talk;
• helping to organise refreshments where appropriate;
• administering speaker expenses.
Centre’s website:
• Overseeing and updating the website on a weekly basis; ensuring that all events are listed with appropriate links and any other relevant material;
• team-working skills: coordinating website updates with the editorial interns on the online journal 19 to ensure that the Centre and Journal websites support reach
• developing a dedicated PG /postdoc area of the website to showcase/advertise p/g activities(entering student’s activities in the website, such as the 19th reading group, conferences, blogs, etc.).
• Producing, archiving, and curating materials related to events and research activities
• Developing and overseeing strategies for the Centre’s profile on social networks (twitter, Facebook, etc);
• Producing, coordinating, and editing the Centre’s Blog, including commissioning and overseeing blog submissions, and liaising with relevant staff.
Publicity and Networking:
• Networking and linking researchers at different stages in their career
• Fostering and coordinating links between staff and the postgraduate community within the centre and its research clusters
• Developing a publicity strategy (sending information of Centre’s activities to other nineteenth-century websites; identifying and contacting other communities of practitioners to enhance interdisciplinary reach of the Centre’s activities).
• Internal communications
• Centre meetings – Attend and take minutes at termly Centre meetings; liaise with Centre Director/s about minutes/actions.
We invite applications from postgraduate research students from across the College with interests in the nineteenth century. Applicants should expect to be enrolled as students at Birkbeck until end of September 2017.

Selection Criteria

• Research interests in Nineteenth-Century Studies
• Organizational and clerical skills
• Independence and initiative
Desirable but NOT essential
• Involvement in the activities of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies or in the organization of research activities such as Reading Groups, Seminars or Conferences
• Social media skills
£17.37 per hour

Please email a letter of application and CV together with the name of your supervisor, from whom we will require a reference, to Dr Luisa Calè ( in the School of Arts by 5.00pm on Friday 23 September 2016. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed shortly thereafter (date tbc)

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Luisa Calè (

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