London Renaissance Seminar: Research Internships – deadline 21 October

The London Renaissance Seminar invites postgraduate students at Birkbeck to apply for two research internships 2015-16.

The London Renaissance Seminar hosts and organises a variety of events from half-day symposia to lectures, larger conferences and single lectures. Most events are open to audiences. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome to attend. Seminars are usually held in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

The internship is open to all postgraduate students at Birkbeck and is likely to be particularly rewarding for those working in a historical or literary field in the early modern period. The postholders will (a) have a shared budget of £325 to fund a research-led event of their choice under the auspices and with the guidance of LRS, and (b) to participate in steering and above all maintaining the Seminar during the academic year 2015-16 – liaising with event organisers at Birkbeck and beyond, working with the two involved members of the Steering Committee, ensuring the updating of the website, advertising and liaising with projects (such as the Marston editing project), academics at Birkbeck and beyond and the Birkbeck administration particularly within the School of Arts.

The internships are planned to commence in late October 2015 and end in July 2016 (there may be some flexibility). The successful candidates will be working on a postgraduate degree, have some prior research experience and be familiar with early modern texts and ideas.

The research intern’s responsibilities include:

  • Devising, planning, scheduling, advertising and delivering an LRS event using the assigned budget: either one event co-organised or two smaller events. Event to be held in 2015-16.
  • Advertising upcoming LRS and Shakespeare Conversations events: website, social media, webpage
  • Liaison with event organisers and academics involved in planning and delivering events
  • Supporting LRS involvement with projects and institutions eg Marston Project; ‘Renaissance Loves’, RSA, Bbk BA initiatives.
  • Contributing to LRS Steering Committee planning meetings

Each intern will provide two hours per week for 3 x 11 week terms.

Using the hourly pay scale for non superannuable staff, including on-costs the hourly rate would be £16.51.  £325 towards speakers and refreshments for the research event/events to be designed by the two interns

As indicated, students at MPhil and PhD level may apply. In applying, please supply:

  1. 150 words outlining (a) your special area of research and how it relates to the period 1500-1690 (b) how the placement will benefit your academic study; (c) how the internship will develop your career skills.
  2. 150 words giving an initial proposal for an outward-facing LRS event. The format of this event is open (Examples include but are not limited to: postgraduate conference; site-specific seminar; book talk; symposium; performance and analysis).

These (a) and (b) can be submitted as separate documents or in the form of a letter)

  1. Full CV
  2. Name of 1 academic referee

Candidates will be interviewed.

Submit your application  as a WORD document with the information and documents requested above to by 12.00pm Wednesday 21 October.