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Urban Technologies Research Intern

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The Basics

  • £18,000 annual salary (pro-rata for the duration of the internship)
  • 3 Months
  • Central London
  • Full time
  • 25 day’s annual leave (pro-rata 8 days)
  • Download the full job description (pdf format) here.

So what's it about?

Future Cities Catapult exists to make an impact on cities and the industry for advanced urban services. But to make that impact we need to have a picture of where the industry is going and how cities are changing. That means having getting a grip on the technologies that are transforming life in our cities in the future. And it means getting insight into the impact that technologies are having today.
 
You will help us to capture a state of the art understanding of emerging technologies and how they might affect the urban landscape. You will help us build a picture of the standards developing around the world as these technologies are developed, refined and adopted for city services. You will help us to build a repository of evidence that shows everyone in this space what technology will do for their cities.
 
You will join the Strategy, Markets and Standards team, but you will work across our Cities Lab, interacting with our technologists, data scientists, economists and designers with a passion for cities. By the end of your time with us, you will have scanned the horizon for technologies that are going to transform our cities, and you will have helped us to articulate a vision for how cities might change in 1 year, 5 years and 20 years time.
 

What will you be doing?

The intern will be researching emerging technologies, and their implications for cities. This work will support the tech scanning process that is due to commence this summer, as well as the development of a repository of evidence on the impact of new technologies on cities. The intern will also support standards scanning work.
Main Responsibilities:
  • Maintain and extend our technology scan database, capturing intelligence on developments in technologies that will have implications for cities.
  • Researching, developing and implementing methodologies for analysing and prioritizing these technologies.
  • Scanning the global landscape of technology and policy standards to create an up to date picture of what standards are being developed and adopted in the urban technology space.
  • Building an evidence base of how new urban technologies are impacting cities.

What will be the first year outcomes?

Some outcomes of the project could include:
  • An updated tech horizon scan with improved methodology and visualisation
  • A report on standards development linked to new technologies
  • A collection of case studies on the impact of new technologies in various cities 

What kind of person are we looking for?

Essential requirements:
  • A passion for technology and cities
  • A minimum of bachelor’s degree in a scientific or engineering related discipline
  • High quality communication skills - confident writer, presenter and collaborator.
  • Facility with a variety of research methods (academia, think tanks, design etc).
  • Subject matter expertise in cities.
Desirable:
  • A masters degree (or better) in a scientific or engineering related discipline
  • Educational qualifications or work experience in a commercial or economics-related field.

Want to apply?

Send your CV with covering letter via our application portal. In your cover letter tell us why you’re right for the job.

In need of a little more information? Take a look at the JD here

Or why not have a read through our testimonial from Bin, who was on our internship programme last summer and is now an employee here at the Catapult. You can read about Bin's story here
 
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