The work that I was able to do while at IARS has opened doors for me I will continue to benefit from for years to come.
In 2001 IARS was set up by young volunteers from across Europe as the first EU-wide, youth-led network on equality matters to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. The charity’s mission remains to be the empowerment of young people and marginalised groups to participate in public life as equal citizens.
As a user-led Institute, the organisation is scrutinised by various User Boards including the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and the Women’s Advisory Board. Their role is to constantly review, monitor and quality control our work in order to ensure that it is youth –led and relevant to the needs of young people. All interns are default members of the advisory groups. You can also apply to be a member of the steering committee of any advisory group.
We also have a mission to transform young people’s lives by enabling them to have a better future by offering work placements in research, project management and communications. We are proud to report that 100 % of our interns expressed that this placement has helped them with their communication skills and employability and that their line-manager has been more supporting than expected.
My time at IARS was unbelievably fulfilling, both professionally and personally. I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to spend my time doing such important work with such wonderful people. I am very proud to be affiliated with IARS. Thank you for a great experience.
Can I work remotely?
Yes, the post is flexible as most of the work can be carried out remotely. However, London-based candidates are encouraged to apply as they can benefit from face-to-face supervisions and support offered at our central London offices. Even before Covid we were encouraging London-based interns to also do part of the placements remotely as more organisations are implementing this in their work practices and we want them to experience this as well. You are expected to be able to work with online project management software for which you will receive training.
On July 6th we re-opened our offices after the adoption of a safety policy informed by the Government’s Working Safely during Coronavirus guidelines for offices and the resources available on the Ellis Whittam Coronavirus portal.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learnt at IARS: passion for work, being open minded and critical thinking”
What would I do?
We aim to give you exposure to all areas with a specific focus on the area of your choice . At the moment we are recruiting interns for projects around the following themes:
#ChildProtection #SocialEnterprise #GenderEquality #EuropeanSolidarityCorps #Youth #Marketing
You could be asked to evaluate several aspects of the project, to attend training and conferences relevant to the post and to conduct research in various areas of the project, planning and organising local projects, e-learning activities, to liaise with relevant stakeholders, assist with dissemination etc.
If you want experience on both sides of the organisation you can request this and we will do our best to tailor your experience to your needs.
“My time at IARS was an unforgettable experience. I gained valuable skills, received incredible support and grew in confidence, awareness and empathy. I will always treasure my time at IARS and have already begun to build on the things I learned there in my professional and academic endeavors.”
Research / Project interns
Regarding local projects this volunteering opportunity is open to anyone who wishes to build up their CV or who are interested in:
- Assist in the development and evaluation of local projects. (You’ll learn how to develop and evaluate local projects in the community)
- Support transmitting the project‘s scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility (You’ll learn how to approach relevant stakeholders and how to create your own network)
- Ensuring that there are appropriate resources for the project.
- NVivo for qualitative data analysis
- Use and continually develop leadership skills
- Attend conferences and training as required to maintain proficiency
- Learn how to use research oriented software like Otter.ai to generate rich notes for meetings, interviews, lectures, and other important voice conversations.
- You’ll have the opportunity to work and create opportunities for BAME communities
- Maintaining the legacy of the project by dissemination of information through social media, campaigns, blogs etc.
Regarding the research activities you will be assisting in initial research drafts, employing mixed methods research approaches, compiling, formatting, analysing qualitative and quantitative data, managing surveys, conducting stakeholder mapping, assisting in semi-structured interviews, conducting systematic literature reviews, and conducting impact assessment and project evaluations.
Learning outcomes from the research and policy internship
- Learn and understand how to conduct user-led action research through mixed methods research,
- Learn how to design and develop research projects and to inform policies,
- Learn how to effectively communicate research findings in publications and in public relations,
- Learn how to review and evaluate projects and revise and format published works,
- Learn how to prioritise demanding workloads and work efficiently in a busy office environment.
My time at IARS was amazing. There I learned written and communication skills through writing blog posts and reaching out to potential speakers at the annual conference.
You will assist in our communication activities, including promoting and leading on the 99% campaign, drafting and publishing social media posts, blogs, newsletters and assisting with our CRM database and mailing system, and managing and publishing surveys. You will be asked to write, proofread and design reports and blog posts. You will also be asked to assist in event planning and management if required.
Training available from the comms department
- Data protection: you will receive training on GDPR and you will be assessed to make sure you are able to handle data in a safe manner.
- Online project management: you will receive training to operate Trello for Project Management, Arsana and Airtable
- G Suite we work with G Suite and can provide access to G Suite webinars. A basic level of experience with google docs/ drive is needed to be able to work productively with Trello.
- Design: you will receive training on Canva, which is an online design software. This is a very intuitive tool to design visually appealing social media posts, reports, leaflets and other promotional materials. You will have access to a PRO business account.
- Flowcharts- diagrams Draw.io is standalone, web-based drawing software specially useful for flowcharts and diagrams.
- Copywriting: you will be provided with relevant material to make sure you can write confidently. Your line manager will give you feedback from time to time.
- Social media management tools you will have access to a social media management tool and you will acquire basic skills to improve reach and engagement of social media posts. We have premium access to Hootsuite.
- Data management: you will receive training on a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software called CiviCRM. This is an open source CRM that is very popular within the charity sector. CiviCRM is designed specifically for charities, and used by smaller charities like the Merton Music Foundation, medium-sized charities like Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and huge organisations like Amnesty International and the New York State Senate. CRM is a sought after skill that will definitely boost your CV. It is also free to download and free of monthly subscriptions so you might use it for your own projects in the future.
- Data mapping. CiviCRM integrates with a few open source modules that allow you to map your data using postcode information. Once you have a clear understanding of CiviCRM and its basic functions you will be able to develop this skill.
- Video production. We are subscribed to VideoScribe and Toonly for video production and animation as well as other video editing software.
- FFdiaporama and Flashback Pro for video editing.
- Time management . We use Twine for time and volunteer management.
I really feel that this little organization allowed me to not only work in fields that I am passionate about but also work with a great team that is friendly and joyful.
Is this placement accredited?
This is not an accredited apprenticeship . However, we strive to support you during your IARS journey and recognise your efforts and milestones achieved. Your line manager will sit down with you from time to time (depending on your working days) and discuss your performance and provide you with a document for your reference. This is also the time for you to raise any concerns you have about your placement. We are here to support you, if you feel you need help. Also we are happy to endorse your skills in recommendation letters and on social media (LinKedin, etc) once your placement is over.
In addition you will receive the following accreditation for your placement:
- IARS Certification of completion
- CPD certificates in relation to the training that you undertook during your placement.
Fun, educational, eye opening.
Diversity and social life at IARS
We are committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, ethnic background, nationality, colour, gender, trans-gender status, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief. We therefore welcome applications from all segments of the community. 63% of the team is female, 27% has a disability, 23% is LGBTQ, 23% is Muslim, 20% Christian, 3% Jewish and 34 % Atheist or Agnostic. No ethnicity reaches 30%, in a nutshell, we are a diverse team!
In pre-covid times we organised social events at our offices and at the local pub. The last Wednesday of every month we have a staff/interns gathering to get to know each other. At IARS we work hard and sometimes it is nice to be able to relax and get to know each other in a different way.
You can learn more about the organisation history and governance structure here.
If you would like to take part please contact Maija Linnala, our User Engagement Leader. email@example.com.
The internships are unpaid, however we cover food and transport cost up to 15 pounds a day. There are paid opportunities at IARS from time to time. We are proud to report that in the last 2 years 60% of our job vacancies were filled by former interns.
‘’I really enjoyed my time and the work that I was involved in. Your praise towards my work really helped boost my confidence (at a time, when I needed it the most), and for that, I will always be grateful to you for providing me with that opportunity.’’