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The EQ Internship Programme

Widening participation for University students

The EQ Internship programme is back for a second summer. 

Following the success of last year’s programme, we are looking for enthusiastic university students with a passion for finding evidence-led solutions to some of the biggest social challenges facing the UK today. Although most roles will be primarily research-based, there are also opportunities available in policy, communications and programmes management too.

This year interns can apply for roles at four of The EQ’s resident organisations: The Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI), Neighbourly Lab, Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) and What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC). More information can be found below or click on each organisation to visit their website.

Overview

  • Internships will last six to eight weeks and the number of days per week can be flexible
  • Dependent on which organisation you are placed with, the role will be based at The EQ offices in the heart of Westminster (SW1H 9EA), with opportunities for hybrid working with line manager agreement
  • Interns will be paid £13.26 per hour
  • Internships being in mid-July

Who can apply:

  • The internship is open to university students from all backgrounds with an interest in working in research, evidence led organisations and making positive changes
  • Applicants can be at any stage in their university studies in any degree programme
  • Enthusiasm and interest in the organisation areas is a must

How to apply:

  • Choose from one of the four participating organisations below
  • Complete the application form by 16 May 2022 and return to info-eq@theevidencequarter.com 
  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion and would appreciate it if you would also complete the diversity form

If you have any queries regarding the internship programme please contact info-eq@theevidencequarter.com.

What is The EQ?

The EQ is home to a small but growing number of evidence-minded organisations, including What Works Centres. By bringing these organisation together under one roof, the EQ aims to increase collaboration, and tackle joint challenges together through strong research and evidence.

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. We have teams in London, Australia and Singapore and work with a wide range of 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 doing a bit project about Social Capital in the UK
  • Consulting – eg we’re working for a charity on the best way to deploy their funding to reduce loneliness in the UK
  • New ideas – we’re coming up with ideas for how TfL can encourage more social-mixing on buses, as part of our www.theessentialmix.online project.

TASO:

The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education’s (TASO) vision is to eliminate equality gaps in higher education. 

TASO is committed to the creation and promotion of high-quality evidence about effective practice in widening participation and student outcomes. We primarily focus on developing and disseminating causal evidence (categorised as type 3 in the Office for Students’ Standard of Evidence) and seek to work collaboratively with others in the EQ 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 the interns who work with us, as well as us as an organisation.

WWCSC:

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) is hoping to host one or more interns through the EQ intern programme. The organisation generates, collates and makes accessible the best evidence for practitioners, policy makers and practice leaders to improve children’s social care and the outcomes it generates for children and families. 

Interns at What Works for Children’s Social Care can choose to join either the:

  • Research team
  • Operations team
  • Policy and Communications team
  • Practice team
  • Programmes team

Research Team

The Research team conducts cutting edge research, often focusing on evaluations of new and existing interventions. 

Operations Team

The Operations team manages the smooth running of the organisation. 

Policy and Communications Team

The Policy and Comms team ensures our work has the maximum impact for children and their families, engaging a wide range of audiences in our work, as well as sharing our evidence-led policy recommendations with key decision makers, such as those in government to influence change. 

Practice Team

The Practice team leads on engagement with the sector, working closely with those with professional and personal experience of children’s social care to create a culture of evidence-minded practice. 

Programmes Team

The Programmes team commission cutting edge research, funding and supporting projects and evaluations in order to grow the evidence base in Children’s Social Care. 

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.