Marketing & Social Media Interns – SÓN eWaste Project
(deadline: midnight on Saturday 1st  Feb 2020)

Working with SÓN

If you’re passionate about the arts and music, SÓN offers fulfilling internship roles combining training with vital early-career experience. We pride ourselves on nurturing our most vital asset – the people we work with – and should you come on board to join us, we will do the best we can for you, too.

SÓN enjoys a strong track-record of staff development, with recent interns now thriving at organisations such as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Grange Park Opera.

Who we are looking for

We are currently recruiting a select number of interns to work with us on a specific project: The SÓN eWaste Project. We are searching for talented, driven and committed people to support this evolving education project, to join the team as soon as possible.

This is a paid position in-line with the UoS Internships Programme and adhering to their vacancy policy. The rate of pay is £8.92 per hour for up to 40 hours of work during the appointment, which ends 31 March 2020. You will also be trained and offered solid guidance and support.

SÓN eWaste Project

This large-scale project has been devised as a response to the growing global concern about electrical and electronic waste. A performance-based education initiative, it fuses words, songs and imagery into a 20-minute, freshly-composed piece for 85 children, live electronics, percussion and small orchestra. Combining rap with children’s rounds, and stories from recycled robots to Bob the iPhone, the final performance will be showcased in early March 2020 as part of University of Southampton’s Science & Engineering Festival.

The completed final project, associated performances, and lasting legacy – including films, subsequent conference presentations and a mass of media content – will garner considerable interest across the environmental, education and arts sectors.

If you have the energy, vision and experience to help us – and 85 children – tell this story to the world, we would like to hear from you!

Who we are looking for

We’re searching for people to fulfil roles in marketing and associated areas.

Are you:

  • Well-versed in all aspects of current social media content: from creation and curation to sharing and planning?
  • Comfortable with these key platforms: twitter, facebook & instagram?
  • Blessed with a good eye for simple photography, video-editing and sharing?
  • Capable of writing good, short-style media copy: punchy posts which are on-point, observe our branding guidelines, and use pithy & powerful language?
  • Able to write (or contribute to) longer-form written content: eg blog posts and press releases?
  • Proactive, driven and happy to work in a flexible environment, during odd hours as appropriate, delivering impactful output within a clear time-frame?

Even if some of these areas are a bit sketchy for you, we can offer guidance to fill in the blanks – we’re looking for imagination, energy and commitment as much as skill and experience. Tell us about it when you apply

Timescale & How to Apply

If this sounds like you, please send us an email to by the closing date of midnight on Sat 1 Feb 2020

  • In the body of the email, tell us why this role is ideal for you, and you for it
  • Give us a taste of your writing style, a link to your social media profiles, and other insights as appropriate. Keep it SHORT, but give us enough to go on. How can you help us tell our story, and how you can share it widely?
  • If you have any experience in the following, please tell us – they aren’t prerequisites, but it’s useful to know: Buffer, Hootsuite, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite – and/or blogging, video-editing, web-development or coding in general.
  • Ensure everything is included in the body text of your email, avoid sending attachments and do not send a CV

Interviews, appointment and project length

Informal interviews will be held the week beginning Monday 3 Feb 2020. Successful candidates will be expected to begin their roles shortly after. Contract ends 31 March 2020.