We’re hiring! Become our new Research and Events Intern

REPORTS TO Anna Odedun, Head of Knowledge
SALARY London living wage (£11.05 per hour)
CONTRACT 10 weeks
START DATE 15 August 2022 (although there is some flexibility for the right candidate)
LOCATION Flexible: working remotely or in our London based office

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Anna Odedun, anna@futureoflondon.org.uk.

Deadline is 5 August 2022.

About Future of London 

At its heart, Future of London is focused on building the next generation of city leaders. As a membership-led organisation, we share best practice and build skills, knowledge and connections amongst our cross-sector network of 5,000+ urban professionals, 600+ alumni and 500+ active organisations. Our mission is to help London’s current and future leaders navigate adversity and translate policy into the delivery of a more liveable world city: viable, functional, equitable and sustainable. For more information on our work, visit www.futureoflondon.org.uk.

Future of London’s small team works hard to deliver high-quality research, events and field trips, interwoven with our Leaders professional development programmes and the Diversity network. Our network relies on us to provide an independent platform for open and honest debate on a wide range of issues, bringing together cross-sector experience and perspectives.

We move fast, and offer a diverse, enjoyable and supportive workplace with opportunities for learning and personal development. With its large and increasingly influential network, supportive team and the chance to learn or hone a variety of broadly relevant skills, Future of London is the perfect place to contribute to the sector and start to really build your career.

Equality and inclusion is a fundamental part of what we do and value as an organisation and as a team. Across all our programmes we strive to help improve the diversity of the sector and ensure the needs of underrepresented groups are better understood by our profession. Through the recruitment of new team members we want our team to better represent Londoners.

This is a great role if you want to play a part in delivering an equitable, sustainable and viable London.

Main Purpose of the Job 

This year, Future of London is delivering an ambitious research and events programme, sharing successful approaches to tackling the affordable housing challenge in London, the UK and globally. We are also running programmes exploring Designing in diversity ,and Rethinking community engagement.

The Future of London knowledge programme delivers a wide variety of events responding to London’s key challenges and priorities. These include roundtables, workshops, webinars, conferences and site visits across London, engaging with hundreds of people from different disciplines and career levels in our  cross-sector network.

To help us deliver this research and events programme, we’re looking for a Knowledge Intern for 10 weeks, from w/c 15 August 2022 who is passionate about the built environment and who cares about how London and other cities can deliver fairer places for all and understands the importance of cross-sector collaboration in delivering this.

As a Knowledge Intern, you’ll be working with the Knowledge team and responsible for conducting research, writing up notes, constructing case studies and blog posts and contributing your ideas to our project report. You will also be working across the organisation supporting events – both online and face to face (including prep and follow-up).

Activities, Duties, and responsibilities 

Research projects
Affordable housing: Overcoming crisis through collaboration, Designing in diversity, Rethinking community engagement

  • Synthesing data gathered through Future of London’s network.
  • With senior members of the Knowledge team, conduct follow-up meetings with front-line practitioners and taking detailed notes.
  • Writing up these research findings into case studies, which have the potential to be used as blog posts and/or published in our project report.
  • Supporting the team in developing creative and innovative ways to communicate our research findings.

Including support at our annual Future of London conference on 5 October 2022

  • Prep: compiling event checklists and attendee lists, sending email confirmations/reminders, creating agendas and (where events are live) making badges and gathering materials/equipment.
  • On the day: helping the team with room/technical set up, staffing registration desks/monitoring registration questions, answering questions from delegates, taking photos/screenshots and notes.
  • Follow-up: Recording attendee status, entering event feedback data, updating the event tracker, sending event follow-up emails/materials, editing event videos and uploading them to FoL’s YouTube channel.

Other duties
Tasks will vary, but could include:

  • Transcribing event recordings and adding subtitles to videos before they’re published.
  • Ad hoc administration as required.

What we need from you


  • Essential: Educated to at least GCSE level (including English and Maths)
  • Desirable: An interest/qualification in the built environment


  • Experience working in a professional office environment
  • Demonstrable experience working effectively as part of a team and a friendly and energetic approach to supporting colleagues

 Skills and abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail for checking written documents and online content
  • Excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Office, database management and website updating/editing (preferably WordPress – training provided)
  • Demonstrable organisational skills; ability to prioritise tasks
  • Ability to follow instructions accurately, and to work quickly and effectively
  • Flexibility, ability to meet deadlines and calmness under pressure
  • Awareness of, and commitment to, diversity and equality matters
  • Respect for organisation and member/candidate confidentiality at all times
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with team members and stakeholders
  • Professional appearance and the ability to interact well with staff/stakeholders at all levels

 Training requirements

  • Appetite for learning and willingness to undertake relevant training

Training and support

  • In-house training provided as required for additional tasks including video editing, podcast recording and editing, website editing (WordPress/CRM).
  • A laptop, monitor, mouse and keyboard, plus any other reasonable desk equipment will be provided to support remote working.