Networks Researcher Intern with Creative North

Creative North are searching for a keen graduate to join their team as a Networks Researcher working on both creative networking and festival management for their annual festival, XpoNorth.

Location: Inverness, with the potential for some home working
£7.85 per hour. Part-time, 20 hours per week for 12 weeks
Immediate start

As a Networks Researcher you will be involved in to main projects:

Creative Networking
First the successful intern will work on with developing and uncovering networks of creative individuals, businesses, organisations and groups in the Highlands and Islands that have an interest in or are working within the Screen & Broadcast, Animation and Gaming sectors. The culmination would be a comprehensive database on Microsoft Excel that feeds into our existing MailChimp import functionality and formatting.

The role will require good investigative skills to research and find the people, organisations and networks across all the Highland regions who are creatively working or developing ideas and projects.

XpoNorth: Festival Management
The second main project the intern will be involved in is to assist in managing two areas of Creative North’s annual Creative Industries Festival, XpoNorth, during the run up and over the two day event in June.

The intern will focus on registration and volunteers for the festival. The intern will manage scanning equipment and oversee the scanning procedures (full training will be given) to allow Creative North to collate data and statistics on the festival audience. The intern will also assist with briefing, guiding, looking after their wellbeing of and ensuring roles and scanning responsibilities are being carried out effectively by all volunteers (approx. 10-15 individuals).


• Research & identify organisations, businesses and individuals working within the creative sector.
• Contact those identified to find out more information, contact details and key person(s).
• Create database on Excel, in conjunction with existing MailChimp list formatting, to record data.

For XpoNorth:
• Coordinating collation of scanning data from all venues to present on Excel. Manage the scanning equipment and volunteers carrying out the scanning to ensure smooth running.
• Pre print delegate passes & file alphabetically.
• Fill delegate bags and store with delegate passes to be given out together.
• Manage the Registration desk and assist on the day delegate registration online.
• Assist in managing the volunteer staff from induction throughout the festival.

(This role is on a self-employed basis. Please note that you will be invoicing Adopt an Intern as a freelance/consultant. This is a very simple, uncomplicated process. You will also be advised to register as self-employed with HMRC if you are not already registered. Please note, students in Scotland on a Tier 4 Visa are not permitted to be self-employed and therefore will not be considered for this role.)


The successful intern will have a strong understand of life in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and ideally be a full-time resident of the area. A background in communications, marketing, research and/or evens management would be advantageous. You will have excellent IT skills and in particular, knowledge of Microsoft Excel and MailChimp integration. A good understanding of newsletter delivery systems will be required. You will be proficient and comfortable with new technology and social media.

Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate ideas and information clearly and accurately, editorially and technically both verbally and in writing are essential for this role. You will be an outgoing people person, confident communicator with excellent social and interpersonal skills and not afraid to cold call and talk to people. You will have robust and comprehensive research skills including keeping thorough notes, accurate databases and clear paper trails. A high level of commitment, confidence and patience are required

As well as the essential requirements above the following skills are desirable:
• Able to use own initiative, be resourceful, self-motivated, manage time effectively and work autonomously as well as part of a team that work remotely from each other.
• Ability to maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, set backs or when dealing with provocative situations.
• Able to work accurately and to tight deadlines; work effectively under pressure, respond flexibly to changing demands, be thorough and methodical; analytical with a keen attention to detail.
• Have strong planning and organisation skills to manage multiple projects.
• Be aware of the professional creative industries infrastructure in the Highlands and Islands.
• Knowledge of some or all, and a passion for the film, television, music, fashion/crafts, writing/publishing industries and their developments.
• Adhere to the XpoNorth & ScreenHI Health and Safety policy and apply safe working practice to all situations in delivering this contract.

Creative North recognise that these skills take time and experience to develop and are keen to support this development throughout the internship.


This is a re-advertisement. Closing date for applications is Friday 27 March 2015, 1pm

Interviews take place on 31 March and potentially one other day depending on availability. 

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated. 

This Adopt an Intern funded internship has been made possible through the financial support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with match funding from the Scottish Government.  It is part of a "Business Growth Programme" supporting the third sector, micro businesses and SMEs and contributes to our wider focus of boosting economic stability by investing in graduates.  These are paid, meaningful, capacity-building internships, with monitored outcomes.



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