Opportunity: Internship with Creative Carbon Scotland

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Creative Carbon Scotland is seeking a University of Glasgow student to join us for a paid research internship focusing on adaptation to climate change impacts, and implications for the cultural sector.

Creative Carbon Scotland has been working since 2011 to support arts and cultural organisations to reduce their environmental impact, and to explore the ways in which they can contribute to a sustainable future. We are now at an exciting time of development around the next stage in addressing climate change: adaptation to the projected impacts of rising temperatures. To kick-start this development, we are looking to host a internship focused specifically on implications for the visual arts sector.

The research will form the foundation of our ongoing work on adaptation, and the beginning of our programme of support for all cultural organisations across Scotland. For this initial stage, the internship is co-hosted with Festivals Edinburgh (the strategic umbrella organisation for the Edinburgh Festivals).

This internship is hosted with the University of Glasgow through the Santander SME Internship scheme, and is only open to 4th/5th year undergraduates or postgraduate students at the University of Glasgow.

Main Purpose Of Job

  • To undertake a research into the implications of climate change impacts for visual arts organisations in Edinburgh and across Scotland.
  • To help develop a programme of advice on adaptation to the impacts of climate change, specifically for arts and cultural organisations.


  • Carrying out initial secondary research (25%) on:
    • International city-scale adaptation programmes, and progress in Edinburgh to date.
    • Existing approaches for city-scale adaptation programmes that include cultural organisations (like museums, galleries and festivals).
    • Likely climate change impacts for Edinburgh.
  • Identifying key cultural stakeholders for climate change adaptation in Edinburgh. (5%)
  • Undertaking interviews with key stakeholders on opinions and actions towards climate adaptation. (25%)
  • Producing a written report of research findings, with recommendations for climate adaptation actions for the partners, and further research required (25%)
  • Disseminating report findings (10%) through:
    • executive summaries for key, partners, stakeholders and participants;
    • resource publishing on the Creative Carbon Scotland website
    • news blog and associated social media using the Creative Carbon Scotland online platforms.
  • Attending and contributing to related meetings and events as they arise, to further develop this area of work, e.g. Edinburgh Adapts meetings; Green Arts Conference.  (5%)
Working for Creative Carbon Scotland

Duration and Hours: This is a 280-hour internship, working out to approximately 2 days per week, over a 20 week period. Timings and dates for the role are flexible, but would ideally begin in early September 2018.

Salary: This role is a paid at an hourly rate of £8.75 per hour. Creative Carbon Scotland is proud to be a Living Wage Employer.

Working Pattern And Flexibility: This role requires a mix of online and in-person research, and is only nominally based in the Creative Carbon Scotland, with the majority of work able to be undertaken at distance. However the intern will be expected to attend a weekly meeting in Edinburgh (the times of which can be flexible to term-time schedules).

How to Apply

Deadline for Applications: 19 July 2018, via the University of Glasgow Careers Service, reference ID NZ26W

Start Date: Likely w/c 3 September 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact the University of Glasgow Careers Service (careers@glasgow.ac.uk or 0141 330 5647). Their advisors can also provide advice on completing an application, and how to highlight your suitability for the role.

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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