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Research Intern

Are you ready to rummage through a range of facts? If so, check out this amazing research opportunity with Quite Interesting Ltd to join them for their next series of the long-running BBC2 comedy panel show QI based entirely on the letter ‘R’. Now, doesn’t that sound riveting…

Quite Interesting Ltd is an independent research and production company which produces iconic books and shows including QI, the hit podcast No Such Thing As A Fish and BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity.

QI aims to uncover information which is both fascinating and would work well on a comedy programme. For example, research for the ‘P’ series uncovered the facts that honey bees do a Mexican wave to warn off predators, one of the ways for palaeontologists to tell the difference between a rock and a fossil is to lick it and that the first artificial ice rinks were made with pig fat instead of ice. The show is designed to entertain the audience while being brilliantly informative on the little questions littered across humanity’s history, science and society.

The company is looking for a Research Intern to join them for six months. This is a unique experience for anyone interested in researching and writing for television, as they will join the QI research team and be a part of the creation of the scripts for the next series; from initial ideas to watching the scripts being recorded live in the studio. Each series of QI is themed around a letter and the next series is all about the letter ‘R’.

The successful candidate will join the next series of the BBC 2 television programme and be mentored through the process. They will develop their research and writing skills, learn about the QI style and gain valuable experience on a fast-paced prime time television programme.

Please note this is a behind-the-scenes role based with the QI research team.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to research the Quite Interesting Way and the process of taking this information to the finished episode
  • How to verify information and scripts to the standards required
  • How to express information as simply and effectively as possible
  • How to put together a script for a comedy panel programme
  • How to work with a research team and wider production team on a busy television programme schedule
  • How to contribute to the research and scripts for Series ‘R’ of QI
  • How to research interesting facts relating to the letter ‘R’
  • How to brainstorm ideas that would work well on a comedy panel programme and content for social media
  • How to work with scriptwriters on the programme’s scripts
  • Shadowing on the TV recordings in the studio and assisting members of the production team

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a small team
  • Research & writing skills
  • Ideally, candidates will be curious about the world around them and enjoy discovering interesting facts

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • A-Levels or a demonstrated interest in researching interesting facts

TO APPLY

  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • This traineeship is only open to candidates from a BAME or lower socio-economic background
  • Do not contact the company directly