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Future communities intern

Closing date: 15 June 2018

Length of contract: 6 Months Fixed Term from June 2018
Salary: £19,146 pa (equivalent to London Living Wage, based on a 36hr week)

We’re looking for a recent graduate/post-graduate in urbanism, community development, housing or related subjects to join us to help deliver the most radical and exciting community investment programme in living memory. The Big Local programme is supporting 150 local communities with £1.1m each to spend on improving their neighbourhoods. There are almost no strings attached – all that’s required is that local residents come together and put together a plan around how they intend to make best use of the money. We support them in developing the skills and confidence to deliver on their plan.

It’s a radical experiment in devolving power and resources to a hyper-local level, transforming places and lives along the way. And in delivering it, we are learning a huge amount about how communities work; the potential and the limits of our approach; and what it might mean for policy making, both nationally and locally, as addressing issues of place, inclusion and shared economic prosperity become ever more important parts of our pubic debate.

Main purpose of the role

  1. Over the six months of your internship at Local Trust, you’ll get engaged across the whole organisation, and we’ll aim to ensure that your skills, interests and enthusiasm are reflected in the roles and tasks you’ll be taking on. But they are likely to include:
  2. Supporting the delivery of Local Trust’s £165m of investment in communities across England, working with our team of Big Local programme coordinators
  3. Contributing to the design and delivery of Local Trust’s ongoing events programme, with a particular focus on sharing the huge amounts of evidence and learning arising from our work with communities across the country.
  4. Actively seeking to build connections between Local Trust’s work and that of other organisations defining new trends in urbanism, design, social enterprise, technology, and community resilience, with the aim of building partnerships that add value to us and them.
  5. Sharing your learning and insight through social media, and contributing to Local Trust’s range of communications activities
  6. Contributing to the smooth running of the Local Trust office by undertaking day-to-day administrative tasks
  7. Dependent on skills and performance, ownership of specific project workstreams within Local Trust

Person specification

To help you assess whether you might be suitable for this post and to assist the selection panel, we have prepared the following specification which should be read in conjunction with the job description.

Experience, Skills and Knowledge

Applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • Recent graduate/post-graduate degree in (one or more of) urbanism, community development, housing or related subjects
  • A strong understanding of and active interest in some or all of the following issues: community development; social capital; micro-enterprise; localism; civic innovation; systems thinking at a local level; the future of public services.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and an outward-facing, network-focused and engaged style of operating.
  • The ability to work on your own initiative, an aptitude to good planning and organisation and a good eye for detail
  • Willingness to join in and deliver on tasks to aid other team members under pressure.
  • Ability to work with data and quick to learn and work with different databases, applications, spreadsheets
  • High levels of energy and enthusiasm.

In delivering your role, you’ll work flexibly across teams, including with the Chief Executive, Director of Programmes and Resources, Heads of Programme Delivery, Research and Communications and other members of staff as well as a wide range of external stakeholders

How to apply

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to

Closing date is 15 June, but interviews will be scheduled as applications are received and if appointment is made, recruitment will end early.

Local Trust is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. More details about Local Trust are available here.

This opportunity was first published on 14 May 2018.


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