Do you have a great idea for a project? Is there a concept you want to share? Would you like to work with us?
Or are you simply curious about what we do?

We want to meet you, hear what you are working on and share ideas. Our team champions collaboration and open innovation with organizations, large and small, which strive for excellence. There are many ways to engage with us. These range from work experience to large-scale competitions and project collaborations.

If you would like to contact us, please send us an e-mail

You can also hear about our latest developments by following @arupforesight on Twitter.

We are currently looking for two Foresight, Research and Innovation Interns in London (September 2017 start), see details below.

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Competitions

Competitions are a great way to get people thinking about the future. We frequently organize and participate in competitions about the future of the built environment. Participants can range from school children and students to technical experts and designers. Existing and forthcoming competitions will be communicated on our website and social media. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you would like to be informed about upcoming competitions. Please contact us if you would like us to design and deliver a competition for or with you.

Collaborations

We believe in open innovation, sharing knowledge, and collaborating with other organizations. We want to work with individuals and teams that are best-in-class within their field, or that view our sector from a radically new perspective. We believe in sharing complementary skills across Arup and with our partners. Collaborations vary in nature. They include shared thought-leadership within an industry, joint ventures, innovation projects and foresight workshops that bring people together from a broad range of disciplines. Please contact us if you have an idea for a collaboration, or if you would like to explore how we could work together.

Vacancies

Current or upcoming vacancies within the team are advertised below. Our team is currently represented in Arup offices in London, Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Melbourne. We offer a limited number of short-term and full-time 9-month paid internships for graduates. We also offer summer work-experience places for students. If you are interested in working for us, please check the vacancies section below or subscribe to our newsletter for updates on future opportunities.

Current Vacancies:

Foresight + Research + Innovation (FRI) 2 Full-time 12-month Paid Internships, London

We are excited to recruit two new interns to work with Arup’s Foresight + Research + Innovation (FRI) team in London. The internships are due to commence early September 2017 and continue for a minimum of nine months and maximum of one year. Please find background details and requirements for application below:

Arup Foresight, Research and Innovation (FRI) FRI is a multi-disciplinary team with representatives in Arup’s offices in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, Berlin, Melbourne and Brisbane. As part of the Arup University, the FRI team carries out research into trends and issues affecting the built environment and society as a whole. FRI also conducts and designs workshops, explores trends and creates future scenarios. The team also developed the Drivers of Change initiative: www.driversofchange.com and research.arup.com. The team encourages foresight, research and innovation capability across Arup and conducts research into future tools and methods for design. In addition, FRI has responsibility for managing Arup’s corporate R&D activities. This involves the development of the global research strategy, the management of relationships with strategic partners and the dissemination of research outcomes.

All candidates will need to have EU citizenship or the relevant permit to work and reside in the UK BEFORE applying for the internship.

Requirements

  • Competence in desktop and other forms of research, including picture research and an interest in Futures, horizon scanning and sustainability.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English with some writing experience. (Though not a requirement, proofreading skills would be advantageous.)
  • Sound video, visual design and graphics skills and a thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign, Illustrator).
  • Experience of developing content for websites and of writing concise copy as well as a good knowledge of social networks such as Twitter, Facebook etc.
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • Though not a requirement, video and WordPress website editing skills would be useful.

Tasks

The interns will be working close with either Foresight or Research part of FRI and will help prepare publications and bid applications, assist with the organisation of workshops and co-design materials and other presentations. The interns will also be expected to contribute material to the various digital platforms curated by the team and help monitor how the sites are being used. He/she will also help capture research case studies and support the publication of the new corporate research strategy. From time to time the interns will be required to design printed material such as posters, leaflets as well as presentations. They will occasionally provide assistance with exhibitions, public events and talks. Updating databases in Excel are also part of the intern’s day-to-day tasks as well as keeping our meeting space, library and stationery cupboard tidy.

Basic salary

Salary will be in the region of £20,000 per annum, including public holidays.

Hours of work

Like other Arup staff, the intern will be expected to work for 37.5 hours per week. There is no entitlement to payment for overtime, but if the intern is asked to work overtime, he/she may arrange time off in lieu.

Holidays

22 days per annum (pro rated).

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this internship, please send a full CV with a cover letter by email to foresight@arup.com. In addition, please compose a 500 word text on a topic of your choice that reflects your interest in the future of the built environment. Architecture and design students wishing to send samples of their work should please zip attached files and limit them to a maximum of 10Mbs. The deadline for receiving applications is the 16th of June 2017 and telephone interviews with shortlisted candidates will be arranged later that month.