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New Job Opportunity: Research Intern

1 Year Internship

Project Summary

USE-IT! is a UIA project funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The project’s aim is to address poverty and underemployment that has led to increased social, economic and environmental isolation in Birmingham and Sandwell’s most deprived wards: Ladywood, Soho and Sandwell.

The aim of the project is to identify, utilise and develop existing social, cultural and educational micro and macro asset within the wards such as the Midland Met Hospital, Icknield Port Loop, existing local social enterprise and local universities to create sustainable solutions to reducing inequalities within Birmingham and Sandwell. The project is developing new and innovative mechanisms that unlock the potential of these deprived communities and connect them to the resources and opportunities needed to escape poverty.

By creating the conditions for local residents to engage with their community, the anticipated outcome of this project will see an increase in employment prospects, particularly in Social Enterprises and in the reaccreditation of migrant professionals accessing NHS jobs. Upcoming business opportunities will be transferred to grassroots organisations and community businesses to stimulate the local economy and invest in the neighbourhood.

The Role:

The USE IT Project Intern will work closely with the USE IT team at Health Exchange to provide support, research, analysis and content on community assets and finance.

This will involve working with project partners and engaging with local organisations in order to produce clear and concise analysis and recommendations on existing assets within the community, best practice, successful examples of USE IT testing and research on diverse forms of finance, schemes or investment.

We are looking for someone who is pro-active and passionate about projects and initiatives designed to address systemic and challenging opportunities. The successful candidate will be able to lead their own desk research, be autonomous, organised and able to work independently as well as in a team. They will also be willing to learn and understand more about social finance


  • To conduct and provide both primary and secondary research on existing community assets, needs and opportunities
  • To provide analysis and recommendations of best practice and potential forms of social finance, schemes or investment opportunities
  • To support the rest of the team in identifying potential health and social care market opportunities
  • To present research findings in various formats
  • To engage and network with local organisations and other USE IT Project partners in collating data and research
  • To report regularly to the line manager and meet any deadlines set
  • To contribute meaningfully to group discussions and external meetings
  • To support the growth of the SOHO network, which underpins all of the USE IT Project
  • To be a representative of the project at all times
  • To represent Health Exchange and commit to all policies and procedures

Required Education, Skills and Qualifications

  • Must have completed their undergraduate degree or be in final year
  • Degree in any subject, however, an understanding of current health and social care context is preferred
  • Understanding of social enterprise or social finance desirable
  • Excellent research and written skills essential
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills essential
  • IT and Microsoft skills essential
  • Must be willing to travel around project area (Smethwick, Ladywood and Soho)
  • Successful candidates will be subject to a DBS check and references

For more information please contact Neha Garg @ 0121 663 0007

Job Types: Full-time, Internship

Salary: £16,087.50 /year


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