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The EQ Internship Programme

Widening participation for University students

The Evidence Quarter (The EQ) is starting an Internship Programme this Summer; working in consultation with widening participation teams at Universities, we welcome applications from all individuals. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce and through this Internship Programme we aim to support individuals to learn and build their skills in research environments for social good.

Based in Westminster, The EQ is home to a growing number of evidence-minded organisations, including What Works Centres. Many organisations overlap in their goals of powering evidence-based change together for good in public sector areas. By bringing them together in one geographical space, The EQ encourages cross-pollination and fosters a shared culture of evidence use and collaboration on projects. This increases opportunities to learn and share common problems – from technical evidence issues, to governance and politics, or the effective communication and implementation of evidence.

The aims of The EQ Internship Programme:

  • To provide University students from ‘non-traditional’ backgrounds access to research-intensive environments
  • To support interns through mentorship within their centre
  • To support interns in their studies through paying a fair wage
  • Provide useful support to members of The EQ through the work done by interns.

Overview:

  • Internships will be six-eight weeks long; the number of days per week can be flexible
  • The role will mainly be office-based (SW1H 9EA), following Government guidelines at the time
  • Interns will be paid £13.02 per hour
  • This is a rolling internship programme, starting in mid-July, although this can be flexible
  • We recommend picking one of the below four organisations, however we will also accept applications to work across multiple organisations.

CEI:

The Centre for Evidence and Implementation is a global evidence intermediary, meaning that we support organisations, governments and foundations to use evidence to improve their services and support for families, children and communities facing adversity. We work across policy and practice areas including social care, education, health, mental health and wellbeing, youth justice, employment and early childhood development.  Our work involves evidence synthesis, evaluation and active implementation support, with a special focus on applying learning and resources from implementation science and practice. We have teams in London and in Australia and Singapore and work with international academic associates.  The particular work an intern would take on will depend on the projects we have on the go, but might involve:

  • Screening and summarising texts for inclusion in systematic reviews or other evidence synthesis
  • Recruiting participants to studies
  • Designing questionnaires and monitoring information collection
  • Analysing quantitative data
  • Designing qualitative data collection approaches and tools and undertaking qualitative interviews and focus groups
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Writing reports or summaries for a range of audiences
  • Background research on policy and practice areas and on aspects of implementation science, to support ongoing work or business development
  • Supporting our networking and profile raising, supporting events and conferences

Neighbourly Lab:

Neighbourly Lab’s mission is to increase social-connectedness in the UK. We’re interested in how people connect and form communities in real-world neighbourhoods and also online.   We work for Councils and Big-tech firms. The kind of work an intern might do with us would include:

  • Research – eg we’re currently collating data about the prevalence of Loneliness amongst Londoners
  • Consulting – eg we’re working for a LGBT charity on improving how they reach young-people
  • New ideas – we’re always looking for and experimenting new ways to scale-up Social Connectedness

TASO:

The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) was set up in 2019 and is funded by the Office for Students on an initial grant until 2023. TASO became an independent charity on 1 April 2021. Before becoming a charity, TASO was managed by a consortium of King’s College London, Nottingham Trent University and the Behavioural Insights Team.

Our vision is to eliminate equality gaps in higher education. Our mission is to improve lives through evidence-informed practice in higher education.

TASO is an affiliate What Works Centre, and part of the UK Government’s What Works Movement. This means that TASO is committed to the generation, synthesis and dissemination of high-quality evidence about effective practice in widening participation and student outcomes. We are based in The Evidence Quarter with fellow What Works Centres and seek to work collaboratively with others to achieve our aims.

Interns at TASO would work with our research and evaluation team to deliver a variety of projects. This might include supporting our work on summer schools, or on attainment gaps in degree awarding, or supporting us with evidence reviews and policy responses. We would seek to ensure that the intern had clear objectives for a particular project, and line management support, while also interacting with the whole TASO team. TASO is committed to ensuring that the internship experience would both benefit us as an organisation, as well as benefit interns who work with us.

WWCSC:

What Works for Children’s Social Care is hoping to host one or more interns through The EQ Intern Programme. What Works for Children’s Social Care is one of 12 government-funded What Works Centres, and is funded to conduct research that improves the lives of vulnerable young people in England through evidence-based policy and practice.

Interns at What Works for Children’s Social Care will get experience supporting our research and programmes teams, who both conduct and commission cutting edge research. This could include working with local authorities or charities implementing interventions to improve outcomes for young people; interviewing social workers, parents, or children to understand their experiences, or collecting and examining quantitative data on impacts. Interns will be integrated into the team and will be able to attend team meetings, training, and other events, as well as gaining first-hand experience working in a dynamic organisation at the intersection of policy and research.

To apply: please email your completed application form by 23rd June. Interviews will be held in early July.