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PhD Student Internship Opportunities at Cambridge Zero with the Living Laboratory

This autumn, Cambridge Zero is offering four paid internships for PhD students or recent PhD graduates. These internships are an exciting opportunity to get involved with this bold new organisation at a pivotal stage in its development. The internships will provide the opportunity to gain experience of working on current issues in climate change and the environment in a fast-paced and impactful environment. Interns will have access to real-life institutional issues and the professionals that handle them. All interns will be fully integrated into the work of Cambridge Zero, attending regular team meetings.  

The University particularly encourages women and candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background to apply for these vacancies. 

Four internships are available:

  • Cambridge Zero Policy Intern
  • Cambridge Zero Media and Engagement Internship 
  • Remote Working Environmental Impact internship 
  • Research Travel Internship 

Please note:

  • These positions are for current PhD students or recent PhD graduates (within the last year).
  • The internships are 12 weeks long.  
  • Start dates range between October and January. Please see each position for details. 
  • The internships are paid, administered via the Temporary Employment Service. 
  • All internships will be carried out virtually in the first instance. 

You are welcome to apply to more than one position, but you can only be accepted for one.

Find out more details about each position further below.


Application Details  

Please fill out the application form linked from each internship description by clicking on the link and filling out the form. There is no way to save the form and come back to it, so please be ready to complete your application when you start it. 

Please note that PhD students will normally need to take an intermission from their studies to complete one of these internships. Procedures to gain permission to do this may vary between institutions.  

More information for students at Cambridge can be found here: https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/your-course/graduate-study/your-student-status/non-medical-intermission 

If you have any questions, please contact: living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk 

Deadline for applications: Thursday 17th September at 9am 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; if you haven’t heard from us by Friday 25th September, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Interviews will be held between the 28th and 30th September. 


Position Details

Cambridge Zero Policy Intern 

Overview: The aim of this project is to work in collaboration with Cambridge City Council to support the development of the City Council’s new climate strategy. This intern will be embedded in the Centre for Science and Policy. 

Vacancy description:

Cambridge Zero is looking for a PhD student or recent PhD graduate who is passionate about climate change to work in collaboration with the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) and Cambridge City Council to support the development of the City Council’s new climate strategy. The intern will arrange a series of activities to boost engagement between academics at the University and policy makers at Cambridge City Council. The work will take place in accordance with the City Council’s timeframe to develop their new climate change strategy and ensure that it is underpinned by evidence. 

Through this project, the intern will gain experience of evidence-informed policy, curating events which will allow policy to be informed by research, how to manage relationships with both policy makers and experts, and the policy landscape at the local authority.  

Person Specification:

  • This position is not discipline-specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject. 
  • Interest in evidence-informed policy around climate or environment issues. 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Experience of meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. 
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in an open and friendly way that is appropriate to the target audience. 
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage simultaneous projects. 
  • Ability to prioritise own workload, work independently and be a self-starter as not continuously supervised. 
  • Able to use standard software packages (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK. 

Salary: £8.72/hour 

Start date: November 2020 

Location: Virtual 

Method of application: Please apply here using our application form.

Further details: For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.


 

Cambridge Zero Media and Engagement Intern

Overview: This aim of this project is to support the development of a mini-series of events at the first digital Cambridge Festival in March 2021. This intern will be embedded with the Public Engagement and Festivals Team. 

Vacancy description:

Cambridge Zero (CZ) is looking for an enthusiastic PhD student or recent PhD graduate intern who will work in collaboration with the Public Engagement and Festivals team to support a CZ mini-series of events at the first digital Cambridge Festival in March 2021. The events will focus on sustainability and environmental themes, in-line with CZ aims. While the overview of these events (general structure and number) will need to be determined in October 2020, the intern would join the team in January 2021 to shape the specific content and structure of each event. With support from the Festival managers, the intern will liaise with CZ event speakers and other contributors, coordinating logistics, and playing an editorial role in pre-recorded video and/or audio content. The intern will also produce and carry out a communications and marketing plan around the events comprising this mini-series within the Festival and contribute to the evaluation of these events. 

Through this project, the intern will gain experience of event organisation and project management, with a particular focus on production and planning of digital content alongside communications and marketing for digital events. 

Person specification: 

  • This position is not discipline-specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject. 
  • Interest in science communication/public engagement. 
  • Experience of meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. 
  • Experience of stakeholder management would be desirable. 
  • Good visual presentation skills, and experience of working with or developing visual resources would be an advantage. 
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in an open and friendly way that is appropriate to the target audience. 
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage simultaneous projects. 
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised. 
  • Competent in standard software packages (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK. 

Salary: £8.72/hour 

Start date: January 2021 

Location: Virtual 

Method of application: Please apply here using our application form.

Further details: For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.


 

Remote Working Environmental Impact Internship 

Overview: This project’s aim is to examine the environmental impact of working from home compared to working on site at the University of Cambridge. This intern will be embedded in Cambridge Zero but will work with colleagues from across the University in collecting and analysing data. 

Vacancy description:

Cambridge Zero is looking for an enthusiastic PhD student or recent PhD graduate who is interested in the environmental impact of everyday choices. This project will involve assessing the environmental impact of different agile working practices at the University. 

This project will combine data that the University already holds on its electricity and gas usage and travel habits with surveys of groups of University staff and students to assess their habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. These sources of information will then be used to make estimates of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with working from home, ideally taking into account use of electricity and gas at home and at work, transport modalities, use of space and changes in purchasing habits. 

The intern will be involved in collecting and analysing data, writing up findings and making recommendations around agile working. 

Person specification: 

  • This position is not discipline-specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject. 
  • Experience of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods. 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Experience of meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. 
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a way that is appropriate to the target audience. 
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage simultaneous projects. 
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised. 
  • Able to use standard software packages (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage. 
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK. 

Salary: £8.72/hour 

Start date: November 2020 

Location: Virtual 

Method of application: Please apply here using our application form.

Further details: For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.


 

Research Travel Intern 

Overview: This project’s aim is to understand if and how attitudes to flying for research purposes in the University have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the greenhouse gas emissions associated with academic flying have changed throughout the same period. 

Vacancy description: 

Cambridge Zero is looking for an enthusiastic PhD student or recent PhD graduate who is interested in the environmental impact of academic travel. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted increases in the use of videoconferencing technologies and limited opportunities to fly for research reasons. This project will seek to understand how these changes have impacted on academics’ attitudes towards flying for research purposes.   

This project will also seek to understand how the greenhouse gas emissions from academic flying and the virtual platforms that have been used in its stead have changed throughout the period of the pandemic. 

This project will involve developing survey methodology, conducting surveys and focus groups, analysing results and reporting on findings. The intern will be embedded within Cambridge Zero but will work with colleagues from across the University to develop this project. 

Person Specification: 

  • This position is not discipline-specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject 
  • Experience of quantitative and qualitative social research methods 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines 
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a way that is appropriate to the target audience 
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage simultaneous projects 
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised 
  • Able to use standard software packages (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage 
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK 

Salary: £8.72/hour 

Start date: November 2020 

Location: Virtual 

Method of application: Please apply here using our application form.

Further details: For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.


 

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