DV seeks SocMed intern for short-term fun or longer-term relationship. GSH req’d.


DigVentures Social Media & Community Manager Internship 

Start date: Early to mid-September (flexible for the right person)

Two months minimum commitment

Location: Flexible, with initial London meeting and others via Skype or in person as needed.

Does working with an innovative business pushing the boundaries of archaeology sound like fun?

We’re looking for a smart and proactive Social Media and Community Manager Intern who communicates effectively and loves archaeology. In return for your time and effort, we’ll invest our time and support in your skills and development. And we’re serious about making this work for you, too – read more about our last intern, and feel free to get in touch with her to ask about the opportunity. We have a 100% success rate in graduating our interns into paid employment, and we’re committed to doing our best to maintain our record!

The Social Media Community Manager is responsible for actively engaging DigVentures customers and influencers within social media channels. But what does that corporate gobbledegook actually mean?

We are a young company, growing fast. More about that later. What’s most important is that our foundations are built on our communities; our constituents are built into the DNA of what we do. Without our peeps, we don’t exist. So, keeping up those relationships, and actively sharing DigVentures news, views and content is essential to our success. We need someone really exceptional to help with this important aspect of our work. Someone who gets us, what we do, and where we’re heading.

The gig includes:

Social media. Day-to-day management and development of editorial content on social media platforms, including tweets, posts and discussions. This will be to a 40/ 30/ 30 ratio: 40% original content, 30% re-posted news items and links, and 30% interactive conversations. We utilise HootSuite for scheduling and will provide training in how to use this service.

DigVentures website. Uploading content to the website and managing daily updates. Content will include blogs produced by DV staff, photos from our archives (including updating the Flickr page), topical news of the day, testimonials, and comments on current topics and discussions. This site is our window to the world, so it’s got to be ace.

Newsletter.  We send out a newsletters chock full of good DV stuff. You will help compile topics, draft copy and source images.

Analytics. We’ll be looking for weekly social media monitoring reports with all the standard metrics, and will provide clear goals and targets. Training will be provided on how to do this and use our existing tools.


• Archaeology degree or equivalent experience preferred. You can still be in school, have worked in commercial archaeology, be a member of a local society, etc. The most important thing is that you are tuned in to important archaeological news, are familiar with the terminology, and are passionate and inquisitive about all things archaeological.

• Extensive knowledge of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Blogs. Do you have your own blog? If so, please include links.

• Familiar with WordPress blogging platform.

• Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication skills.

• Strong grasp of social media best practices.

• High level of professionalism, and ability to understand and respond appropriately to different audiences.

• Excellent judgment in dealing with customers, the media and others on sensitive or proprietary issues.

• Knowledge of applications, including Windows, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

• Do you have any marketing experience or proficiencies that would be relevant to this post (eg. social media monitoring tools)? If so, please include details.


DigVentures Ltd is committed to providing seed capital and building audiences for archaeology projects worldwide. Our first project, Flag Fen Lives, was the world’s first crowdfunded and crowdsourced archaeological excavation. This year we have gone on to build on our success with two Dirty Weekends of archaeology on the Thames Foreshore alongside The Thames Discovery Programme, as well as a two week archaeological fieldschool  at Leiston Abbey, in Suffolk. Our website can tell you everything you want to know about our work, so we won’t waste time here with loads of details. But do your homework, because we’ll be interested to hear your thoughts.

You’ll spend your time with DigVentures building content, interacting with our growing communities, and helping us take them to the next level. Your job will be to help us blow the doors off in reaching people and letting them know about our amazing archaeological opportunities. DigVentures is all about being radically open, collaborative, and in front of innovations and trends that can be applied to archaeology. We’re dragging it into the 21st century, kicking and screaming.

Our team is spread out, with some working remotely. You’ll be expected to set your own goals and meet them each and every week. We don’t count hours or tell you when to work, but we do expect you to get your agreed-upon tasks done.


Send a CV and a short covering letter (300 words max) detailing why you want to work with DigVentures, any relevant experience you have with social media and WordPress, and answering the question: ‘What do you do for fun?’ to polly@digventures.com and info@digventures.com. Please send to us by 12:00 on Wednesday, 28th August 2013.

Please note, this internship is primarily about producing written content, so it’s really important that you write well and enjoy communicating your ideas through words. Forget what you know about the standard way to write covering letters, and use this as an opportunity to flex your writing muscles and let us get to know you.


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Written by Polly Heffer

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