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Content Experience and Storytelling Intern, Royal National Institute for Blind People, Flexible/ Remote

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the largest community of blind and partially sighted people in the UK, and one of the world’s leading sight loss charities. Everyday 250 people begin to lose their sight, and at RNIB we work towards creating a world where blind and partially sighted people’s lives are as happy, impactful and fulfilled as seeing people’s. We pride ourselves in inspiring and supporting people with sight loss to transform their communities and, ultimately, society as a whole. We offer a range of support, including practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, research, reading services and the products we offer in our online shop.

We have recently established a new Content Formats Project to analyse and assess the accessibility of different programme formats on TV. The first stage of this research project is to work closely with end users to determine their needs and expectations, in order to inform this and future research on Audio Description. 

Project details: 

We are seeking an enthusiastic intern to assist the Media and Culture team in the first stage of this project. With a focus on Audio Description and Enhanced Audio Description you will organise and moderate focus groups, and conduct research interviews with blind and partially sighted TV viewers. Assisted by the team, you will:

  • Organise and facilitate user testing, and draft reports summarising feedback gathered during these sessions.
  • Undertake the organisation and management of focus group sessions and user panels for research, feedback and pilots undertaken by the Media and Culture Team.
  • Gather data and prepare presentations as the project requires. 
  • Maintain thorough notes on the accessibility of products linked to delivery of media, leisure and arts services with the ability to collate and share information.
  • Contribute to team activity such as activity reporting and team meetings.

This internship is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Enhancing Audio Description II project (AH/V015583/1) led by Dr Mariana López and Dr Gavin Kearney.

We are looking for someone with: 

  • Experience in coordinating data gathering sessions, these could be focus group sessions, and/or interviews with research participants and panels for discussion (this can be in a voluntary role or as part of a university project).
  • Experience in writing research summaries, reports, and/or articles (this can be in a voluntary role or as part of a university project).
  • Experience in giving presentations.
  • Experience of recording and compiling data. 
  • Ability to interact with customers and colleagues in a sensitive and diplomatic manner, with a helpful and friendly disposition.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, adapting style to suit the audience.

What the intern can gain from this internship:

  • Experience in analysing different television formats to assess accessibility provision and needs through exploring television content and working with visually impaired people. 
  • Experience in leading focus groups and carrying out interviews.
  • Experience creating reports on the findings.  
  • Experience in the field of accessibility for television (Audio Description in particular)
  • The opportunity to have a lasting impact on the Enhancing Audio Description II project funded by the AHRC.

Application details

This post is brought to you by the Student Internship Bureau and is for a full time internship, starting on 27th June for 12 weeks, working 37 hours per week. RNIB office is based in London. You would be welcome to work in the office if this is convenient, but the work can be entirely remote if you live in another part of the UK.

The closing date is 26th May, with interviews expected to take place 9th June.  

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This internship is open to all students, including final year students of the University of York who will be based in and have the legal right to work in the UK for the duration of the internship. Continuing students must be registered with the University for the duration of the internship.

As this is a full-time internship it cannot be undertaken alongside courses of study or research that are active over the summer vacation period. If you are  registered on such a course and believe that your individual circumstances enable you to complete the internship on a full-time basis you should email with an email providing specific consent to undertake the internship on a full-time basis from your tutor/supervisor at the time of application. If no such email is received, your application will not be considered.
Please note that students studying on a student visa may not exceed 20 hours of paid work (including voluntary work) per week during term time. For postgraduate students, we consider term-time to include the summer vacation.  
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