Community Engagement (Schools) PGR Intern

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There is another opportunity for a current PhD student to gain experience, this time working for the Student Experience Project (SEP) at the University of Edinburgh.

Following the introduction of community engagement as part of the student experience project, this internship has been created to support pilot activity.  The intern will support the delivery and development of the student community engagement programme, with particular responsibility for the Pro Science programme.

Pro Science is a not-for-profit organisation which has empowered outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (‘STEM’) undergraduates for several years to inspire school pupils towards achieving in and aspiring towards a future in STEM. We focus our work on schools in low-income communities and we currently operate within Edinburgh.

Undergraduates are trained and supported to work in partnership with school teachers, on a weekly basis throughout the academic year. Through delivering sustained and targeted enrichment activities, the undergraduates provide a long-term support for teachers and pupils, while also gaining huge value from the experience themselves.

It is anticipated that the intern will also support other activity across the student community engagement area, beyond the Pro Science programme.  This internship offers an excellent opportunity for a student who wants to make a difference to the student experience within a community engagement setting.

Essential:

  • Current PhD student at University of Edinburgh
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Exceptional organisational abilities, including the ability to manage priorities and workload and to handle or escalate issues appropriately
  • Demonstrable experience of working and building relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Literate in IT and reporting tools

Desirable:

  • A strong interest in the issues surrounding student community engagement and Pro Science i.e. socio-economic and other barriers that prevent uptake, achievement and progression in higher education
  • A background in science or engineering
  • Experience in science communication and/or outreach
  • A familiarity with the Scottish education system and the secondary science curriculum

Likely to be 3 or 4 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months.   Pay will be £11.49 per hour.  Start date beginning of September 2014.

Closing date is the 8th July. 

Please apply with your CV and covering letter, outlining your interest in community engagement and working with local schools, to employ.ed@ed.ac.uk

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