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Theos researches and investigates the intersection of religion, politics and society in the contemporary world.
Research Assistant/ Communications & Events Assistant
37.5 Hours Per Week
London Living Wage
Theos offers 6 month long, full time, paid internships for a Research Assistant and a Communications and Events Assistant, based at our Westminster offices.
Research Assistants help the Theos team with current research projects – writing, editing and analysing data, sometimes carrying out interviews. Communications and Events Assistants help the Theos team with all aspects of communications – development of graphic and video content, media monitoring, social and digital media channel management and events.
We receive hundreds of applications every year and keep all CVs on file, but we cannot respond individually unless you have been shortlisted.
All applicants must have legal rights to work in the UK before they apply for the role. Please do not apply if you do not already have full legal rights to work here. Theos cannot offer sponsorship or any support for obtaining visas.
Please note that we are also unable to provide accommodation or cover travel expenses. It is the responsibility of an Intern to find and fund these.
For other frequently asked questions, see below.
1. Do I need to have a postgraduate degree to apply for an internship?
No, we welcome applications from anyone with an undergraduate degree in a related subject (e.g., theology, politics, history, sociology, English literature, economics). Many of our staff and former interns hold postgraduate degrees but this is not essential. What is important is that you have had some experience of research outside the usual routine of constructing essays. For instance, if you have experience of conducting surveys or interviews, or other research work outside a university library, we’d like to hear about it!
2. Do I need to supply references when applying?
No. If we do require references from an applicant we will ask for them.
3. What type of research would I be doing?
This depends on which projects you are assigned. A good proportion of it is likely to be web–based, examining the results of surveys and other data. You would also likely be doing a lot of reading around the subject, both in the media and in relevant books. Almost all our projects also involve conducting interviews, so you would likely be spending a significant amount of time identifying and approaching people to speak to for your project(s).
4. Where would I do my research?
Again, this depends on which projects you are working on. You will likely split your time between working at the Theos office, and out on fieldwork in different locations around Britain. Many members of the team also choose to work from home occasionally too.
5. What proportion of my work would be research vs. admin?
Each researcher is responsible for the administration of their own project – such as approaching potential interviewees, writing up completed interviews, or processing incurred expenses. From time to time, all staff members help out with major administrative tasks, for instance when we need to mail new reports to our supporters, or when we hold events. The exact ratio of research to admin is subject to change depending on which stage of a project you have reached and the circumstances of the wider Theos team. The research internship will naturally include more research than the communications and events internship, which will revolve more around the communications strategy and social media, although this will require some detailed research too.
6. Is there generally a routine to work at Theos?
Whilst much of our work is office based, and so has a routine of its own, work is subject to change depending on the time of year and the lifecycle of particular projects. For example, if deadlines are especially tight, some staff members are asked to help others with particular tasks to lighten the load, and when we hold events or need to do mass mail–outs, we all pitch in! It’s important to be flexible and able to balance different tasks at once.
7. Would I be required to travel or work outside normal working hours?
Occasionally, yes. If you are working on a project researching an issue or community outside London, then you will likely need to travel to that area on fieldwork at least once. In this case, the cost of travel and accommodation can be claimed back on expenses (unlike for your regular commute or living accommodation during the course of the internship). You would be expected to attend Theos’ own events, which are held at our offices in London and occasionally elsewhere, for which you can claim time off in lieu (TOIL), proportionate to the time spent at the event.
8. Where would I be interviewed for an internship?
We hold interviews at our offices in central London, although in special circumstances we may be able to arrange an interview via Skype or phone. We will always give shortlisted candidates as much notice as possible to allow them to make the necessary travel arrangements.
9. When will I receive my contract and salary information?
Theos itself doesn’t issue any employee contracts – this is done by Bible Society’s HR team. HR are unable to generate a contract until a candidate has accepted a position and provided the necessary paper work – but – interns are paid an hourly rate [the current London Living Wage which goes up yearly] and for the days they work each month. The take home pay will therefore vary each month as there are a different amount of days for each month. Another factor which can affect the pay, will be when the intern is auto enrolled into NEST pension after 3 months.
‘Working at Theos has been formative, and the experience will go with me for the rest of my life. The work is subtle and stimulating and the team is incredibly talented and person–focused. The opportunity to support and contribute to Theos’ output – and work in such a team – is invaluable for anyone looking to experience the intersection of public discourse, journalism, and academia. I thoroughly recommend applying, and in any way developing a relationship with this fantastic organisation.’
‘Learning on the ground, discussing issues, meeting Theos connections, gaining exposure to ideas and issues I’d never considered – the experience gave language and reasoned perspectives to my intuitive feelings about the place of faith in society.’
‘I liked how helpful and supportive the team were in helping me get the most out of my internship. It helped me see how many different ways practical elements of Christian theology are being applied in wider society and made me aware of lots of great initiatives.’
‘The chance to write has been excellent. The internship is a good introduction to office life in a pleasant and supportive atmosphere.’
‘The responsibility given and autonomous ‘owning’ of projects/pieces is encouraged. This is really something that sets Theos apart from other organisations. I especially appreciated the convivial, ‘open’ feel to the office, where conversations can be had and ideas discussed freely across desks. I’ve come to respect hugely the open–mindedness and balance with which Theos approaches highly contentious topics, ideas and news.’
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