UCL Culture

The role

The internship will be working with UCL Culture's Community Engagement Team (East) working with them on the development of their public engagement activities in east London for six months. This is an opportunity to develop event planning and delivery skills working with an experienced and dynamic team in east London. This is an exciting role in a busy department and the Internship will enable you to develop a range of knowledge and skills in the delivery of cultural and community engagement programmes that will be readily transferable.

Responsible for: Supporting the delivery and development of community engagement in east London and cultural and public programmes on the Bloomsbury Campus. Working with: UCL East Community Engagement Team, Museums and Cultural Programmes Team, Schools Engagement Team. Main purpose of the job: To develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the delivery of community engagement, public and cultural programmes through working with and supporting UCL Culture teams in the delivery of their work.


  • General Administration resulting in understanding of how to use Outlook, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint as communication and planning tools and to enable the delivery of work programmes and the recording.
  • Production of newsletters and online communications: resulting in an understanding of how to develop and produce content to suit target audiences and the importance of delivering accurate information on a timely basis.
  • Support the creation and development of social media content including website, Twitter, and YouTube (where appropriate): resulting in an understanding of how to produce, generate and develop online content
  • Event planning: resulting in an understanding of the steps and actions required to deliver a range of events
  • Delivery of events and creative public programmes: resulting in the successful development and delivery of events and public programmes. Including ‘Creating Connections’ events in east London between UEL, UCL and Voluntary Community Sector Organisations.
  • Personal work planning: resulting in the effective and efficient use and prioritisation of activities to enable the enable the delivery events, exhibitions and programmes including the use of Outlook and other digital planning tools.
  • To assist the Community Engagement Manager to deliver and facilitate a variety of networking events including:
    • arranging venue hire and catering
    • liaising with participants
    • minute-taking, and supporting follow up activities
  • Assisting the team to create good links with various local community groups through marketing, attending events and meeting key local community professionals
  • Supporting with other workshops and events which may emerge
  • Supporting the work of other teams whose work aligns with the Community Engagement Team (east), such as the School Engagement team: resulting in a broad understanding of engagement roles and the skills to work with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Exhibition planning and programming: Be part of a project team, resulting in the understanding of how to prioritise, schedule workloads and plan deadlines as well as experience of working within in a team

About the employer

UCL Culture is a multidisciplinary team committed to connecting the world with UCL through innovative programming and engagement activities. They use their assets in the form of collections, museums, theatre and most importantly their people and know how to mobilise the UCL community, inspiring them to engage people with their research and their research with people. They amplify their work through the delivery of compelling and coherent programmes of events, public engagement activities, public art, performance, exhibitions and permanent museum displays to create cutting edge cultural experiences. They collaborate, light sparks, disrupt and provoke. They use our objects, insights and expertise to reframe questions and surface new ideas - and believe in the power of open because open minds see further.

UCL will be opening a new campus, UCL East on the Olympic Park in two phases, 2020 and 2023 and their commitment is for it to be open, accessible and publicly engaged. They want to connect with local communities not only through our research activities but also through creating employment opportunities. This internship is our first step in offering employment and development opportunities to the communities of East London. UCL also deliver a busy programme of cultural, public events and performances in collaboration with academics, students, artists and performers through their museums, the Bloomsbury Theatre and exhibition spaces on their Bloomsbury campus.

Person specification

  • Some working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and Outlook or similar software applications
  • Excellent team working skills, and the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and manage a demanding and varied workload
  • Good communication skills, both spoken and written and the ability to work with a diverse range of audiences
  • Good interpersonal skills, and ability to develop good working relationships with a range of colleagues and external partners (including public and voluntary sector agencies)
  • A good understanding of east London, and the communities that work and live there Demonstrable enthusiasm and aptitude for a role in cultural engagement

How to apply

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