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Job description

Role: Communications and Social Media Intern

Reports to: Programme Director

Location: Predominantly home based, with some requirement to attend live events

Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Contract: Fixed term (6 months)

The Charity

The Economic Research Council, Britain’s oldest economics-based think tank, is dedicated to extending the reach of economic education, debate and leadership.

Formally launched in 1943, with its origins reaching back to 1932, the Economic Research Council (ERC) was founded as a response to the economic and principally monetary failures of the 1930s. Our members include leading economists, well-informed CEOs with a keen interest in the economy and passionate amateur economists from all walks of life. As a politically-neutral charity aimed at supporting education in economics (both through public lectures and funding for students), we arrange monthly events and produce a quarterly journal, as well as regular economic updates on our website.

The part the ERC seeks to play in the economic life of the nation is to be an agent for change, supporting economic education and wider accessibility. The activities of the Council are all intended to reflect and develop this role.


Main Responsibilities

We are looking for a Communications and Social Media Intern to support the Programme Director in the development and delivery of the digital marketing strategy. In particular monitoring, managing and creating content for social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and engaging regularly with our audience through posting on our website and creating newsletters.


Key Areas of Responsibility

Social Media

  • Produce engaging content to ensure the social media channels are up to date, relevant and interesting. Plan and implement online marketing campaigns that drive engagement, traffic, and event bookings/membership sign-ups across social media,
  • Maintain ERC’s social media communities, scheduling content monitoring and responding to social media activity, with an emphasis on growing our community and engaging with the public.
  • Create bespoke social media strategies for high profile events.
  • Live-tweet important events e.g. conferences, election results, budget announcements and PMQs
  • Audit and analyse social media strategy, creating weekly and monthly reports.
  • Create targeted content based on audience profiles.
  • Create ‘stat of the day’ and post to relevant social media accounts.


  • Build, edit, and send email communications including our Weekly Digest and recently launched 6th form newsletter.
  • Ensure all avenues of stakeholder engagement are communicated to all audiences.
  • Support live events through marketing.
  • Research and create ‘Chart of the Week’.


Key Skills and Experience

  • Proficient in social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, with experience of managing social media accounts, ideally for an organisation.
  • A strong understanding of economics alongside a passion for economic education.
  • Strong ability to write in a politically neutral tone, showing a keen eye for detail.
  • Self motivated, with an ability to prioritise tasks and manage your own time.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience of using software to create graphic content.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a brief cover letter, which outlines how you meet the specification to David Dike, Programme Director, at