Job title: Intern – Offices of Data Analytics Nesta (Government Innovation Team)- Nesta Internship Programme
Salary: London Living Wage London Living Wage £10.20 per hour - £382.50 per week
Location: Blackfriars, London
Term: (6 months) Fri 6TH April 2018 to Friday 5TH October 2018
Hours: Full-time, 37.5 per week
To Apply: See Below. Apply through this link only, any applications made to Nesta directly will not be considered.
Nesta’s Government Innovation Team seeks an intern to support our work helping public sector organisations improve their services through smarter use of data analytics.
Offices of Data Analytics Programme
Our Offices of Data Analytics (ODA) programme helps cities and regions join up, analyse and act upon data from multiple sources to reform public services. We work closely with public sector partners to explore which of their issues might be tackled with data analytics, and then support them to put in place the right technical, legal and data science elements to run a pilot.
We have completed ODA pilots in London and the North East, which focused on tackling rogue landlords and issues related to alcohol harms, respectively. We are currently piloting an ODA project in Essex that seeks to tackle the issue of modern slavery.
In addition to our pilots, we are working to support the growing number of Offices of Data Analytics that are emerging around the UK, in places like London, Essex, Manchester, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Our aim is to help them learn from each other and distil what works and what does not work from their activities to assist other areas in setting up their own data functions.
This role falls within the Government Innovation team, which works to support governments and public sector organisations make smarter use of people, data and technology to reform public services and improve citizen engagement. Government Innovation is one of Nesta’s five priority fields of activity. This intern position is based within Innovation Programmes - the part of Nesta that focuses on running practical experiments and major grant programmes.
What we’re looking for
The successful candidate for this internship is not necessarily expected to have formal training in data science. Rather we are looking for someone with a keen interest in what data and related technologies like artificial intelligence can do for government and the public sector. The experimental nature of our work requires someone who is happy to work with some uncertainty, and throw themselves into problem solving.
Working independently and collaboratively, the role’s key tasks and responsibilities will include:
- Assisting in the running of our pilots, including our current work in Essex to explore how data science can address issues related to modern slavery.
- Researching and helping build up a library of the best examples of how public sector organisations have used data analytics and / or artificial intelligence techniques to improve services;
- Connecting with the Offices of Data Analytics in London, Essex, Manchester, Worcestershire and the West Midlands to learn about their activities and distil best practice;
- Helping in the creation of reports, slide decks and other materials related to our work on data;
- Supporting in the running of workshops and major events related to government and public sector use of data and artificial intelligence;
- Assisting with other related areas of our Government Innovation activities, where needed.
We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience:
- A strong interest in and awareness of the challenges currently facing governments and the public sector; and how data science could be used to address them;
- Creativity and the ability to think laterally about how to solve complex challenges;
- Excellent writing and editing skills and a keen eye for detail;
- Strong interpersonal skills, including being comfortable with contacting and speaking to people of all levels of seniority;
- Experience of working in a busy environment, meeting deadlines, managing and prioritising multiple tasks;
- Some experience of event organisation;
- IT-literate, including Microsoft Office and, preferably, Google Apps;
- A willingness to learn new skills and knowledge and be flexible to the demands of the role and project.
We are committed to diversity and particularly encourage applications from women, people with disabilities, BAME applicants, LGBT+ applicants and other minority groups.
Nesta is a global innovation foundation. Our mission is to spark and shape new ideas to improve how the world works for everyone. We use our knowledge, networks, funding and skills to take on big challenges, working in partnership with others to make change happen. We are a UK charity and our work is enabled by a financial endowment.
- We see - we spot opportunities in challenges
- We spark - we generate novel ideas to solve big problems that matter to everyone
- We shape - we provide the help needed for promising ideas to grow and adapt
- We shift - we join with others to back world-changing ideas
Application Process –
1. Applicants should apply with their most up to date CV only, no cover letter required at this stage.
2. All CVs will be filtered and screened by the University of London’s Internship Team.
3. Once the Internships team at the University have filtered and screened all the applications; they will call all the suitable applicants over the phone. Unfortunately due to the high number of applications that we receive, we can only call the most suitable candidates.
4. Successful candidates will be notified of the application process and the next stages
All applications for all of the Internship vacancies at Nesta will be managed by the University of London, Internship team. Therefore, if you have any problems with applying or questions regarding the placement, Nesta ask that you contact the University of London Internships team directly. Any candidates that contact Nesta directly may be missed in the application process.