Digital and Tech Policy Summer Internship
Please note: This is a fixed term internship, starting on 19 July 2021 and ending 18 September 2021.
An Information Webinar and Q&A with the manager will be held on 18 June 2021. Please find details to register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-and-tech-policy-summer-graduate-scheme-webinar-tickets-158397157161
Please note: you must complete the attached Supporting Statement Template and upload this as part of your application, under the 'Supporting Information' section
About the job
This role will work over summer 2021 to produce evidence-based proposals on WMCA digital and tech policy. Proposals will be informed by the Mayor’s manifesto, and developed further based on international comparisons, option generation and appraisal, and discussion with key stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
What will you be doing?
- Develop an evidence-based proposal for the Mayor of the West Midlands on a specific area of digital and tech policy related to a specific mayoral pledge and present this in a final pitch.
- Produce a clear problem statement, backed by evidence from the region
- Study international examples of how this proposal has been taken forward elsewhere, and synthesise into a presentation
- To develop a set of options for the proposal in the West Midlands
- To develop a final proposal, and pitch to senior WMCA stakeholders
You will be either a current university student or a recent graduate looking to complete an internship in policy development. You will have excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise your work and self-motivate yourself.
You will have an understanding of digital and tech policy and able to research and disseminate large amounts of information and analyse and interpret data. You will also be great at communicating your information – through written reports and verbal presentation to a range of audiences.
About the team
The Strategy and Economy directorate brings stakeholders in the region together around shared strategic ambitions to ensure that we are always more than the sum of our parts. The Directorate develops and supports the WMCA Corporate Strategy, and develops policy and programmes focussed on economic development, devolution, culture, digital, and other areas where the WMCA has an enabling and influencing role. The Directorate engages with Government, think tanks, universities, and others to make sure our voice is heard, and supports new and emerging policy thinking. The Directorate also hosts the Office for Data Analytics and Energy Capital, a regional public-private partnership.
Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.
We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.
Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As we undergo a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.
We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us. We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves.
If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.
We are designing our organisation of the future and planning a new, flexible approach to the way we use our office space. This approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time and using our office space to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. We will continue to use digital technology for meetings, collaboration and communications - bringing teams together virtually wherever they’re working, saving time and spending on travel.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance.
We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.