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Join our Scouloudi Internship in History Publishing and Scholarly Communications

We are currently advertising for a Scouloudi Internship to work within one of our prestigious institutes based near Russell Square. This is a part time internship, working 1 day a week for 20 weeks.

Location: London

What you will be doing

The Institute of Historical Research is a noted History publisher; titles include an academic journal (Historical Research), scholarly monographs, edited collections, and the Victoria County History. The Institute works in print and digital formats and since 2018 has been committed to Open Access book publishing for selected series. The IHR’s publishing department also manages online formats, including a blog (‘On History’), podcast (‘History in Conversation’) and social media channels. Scholarly communication also forms an important element of the IHR’s remit as the UK’s national centre for history, allowing us to communicate with the disciplinary community at large.

The Institute now seeks a part-time paid intern to contribute to the work of its Digital and Publishing group. The post-holder will work with IHR staff on digital communications and longer-form publishing. This is an ideal opportunity for a current postgraduate research student in History, or early career researchers within three years of graduating, looking to gain experience of different aspects of scholarly publishing and communications. The internship is for 1 day / week (7 hours) for 20 weeks at £14.28/hour. The internship is generously funded by the Scouloudi Foundation, and will be a unique opportunity to gain practical, hands on experience to build your CV by working on projects with a team of professionals.

The Role

• Commissioning, editing and publishing high-quality blog content relating to current historical research

• Generating and preparing content for the IHR podcast

• Contributing to social media campaigns to promote the research agenda of the IHR and partner organisations

• Editorial and publishing work for IHR long-form titles, as required

• Supporting other project and administrative work as required

Principal opportunities from the internship:

• Experience of working with a well-respected History publisher

• Experience of working in a range of digital and print formats, including short and long-form texts

• Opportunities to commission and edit new content

• Experience of working on social media campaigns relating to scholarly research and the work of an academic research organisation

• Experience of working at the Institute of Historical Research, the UK’s national centre for history, and with its institutional partners

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What you will have

Person Specification

• Experience of historical research, as part of a doctorate (in progress or recently completed)

• An interest in, and understanding of, current debates and themes in historical research and practice

• The ability to work independently and to manage one’s time efficiently and effectively

• A capacity to commit to a one-day/week for the duration of the internship post, for 20 weeks, beginning in Spring 2020.

Application process

• CV

• Application letter, in which you address i. the requirements above, and ii. you briefly propose: a series of future blog articles and/or podcast episodes that address a topical theme in historical research

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