Internship UX / Participatory Designer


Media co-op has a 6 week paid internship for a UX / Participatory Designer

media co-op are a multi award winning digital agency established in 2004. We work with charities and the third sector* to produce films, animations, websites and digital media that strive to make a positive difference.

We believe that digital has huge potential to do good in the world and we want to make it easier and more affordable for the third sector* and charities to use digital in their work … and we need someone to help us do that better.

Thing is … for many of the people and organisations we work with are busy delivering vital services and digital is an unfamiliar world for them. So we need a fun and participatory process for making designing websites and software. We need someone to help us design a production process that fits us and the organisations we work with.

Interested? … you’ll understand the digital production processes, you can communicate, and you’ll have a genuine interest in the third sector*. Familiarity with Agile and UX processes would be beneficial. Even better if you also have some coding knowledge (but okay if you don’t).

You will be researching production processes (including our own) and discovering people’s digital dislikes. You’ll be finding tools and methods that make projects accessible to people who find digital difficult. We want to make this internship a great opportunity for someone who wants to take on a interesting and exciting project which will benefit all of us including the people we work with.

To be eligible to apply you need to be Unemployed, between 18 – 30 years old and hold a relevant qualification (HND or above). You need to apply for this post via your Jobcentre Plus Advisor. The internship is organised through SCVO’s Digital Internships programme. The reference number is: BDG/5142. Closing date for applications: 9 March 2015. 

To apply for an internship:

  • You need to speak to your Jobcentre Plus Advisor who can check your eligibility and give you an Eligibility Referral form. The reference number is: BDG/5142

* Third sector are community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and can include individual volunteers.

UX / Participatory Designer: full job description

  • Media Co-op
  • £8/hour
Hours p/w
  • 35
Times of Attendance
  • Flexible Mon – Fri between 9:30-5:30 pm
  • Glasgow
Job Description
  • Analyse the processes of producing a digital media project – from the company and client viewpoint
  • Research methods and tools for gathering and presenting key information throughout the process of digital media projects
  • Draw up initial ideas for a process and test these with in-house staff, freelancers and selected clients
  • Design a flexible process for client/company engagement from start to finish, illustrated through three hypothetical case studies related to the work/client base of media co-op
  • Test the final process with staff and work with the team to integrate proposed new systems and processes with the existing systems in media co-op
Additional information
  • media co-op is adapting from a film production company to a digital media company, with a diverse client base, and is especially keen to meet a dynamic UX/participatory digital designer who is as committed as we are to using their skills to enhance the work of third sector organisations.
Additional Skills
  • Research and analysis
  • Experience in designing and testing new processes
  • Opportunity to play with User Experience / Participatory models and tools in the design of flexible new participatory processes / systems for an organisation and via real life case studies
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Presentation skills
  • Deeper understanding of third sector organisations
Person Specification


  1. Understanding of the basic concepts and methods of UX, participatory digital design and project management processes
  2. Good written and verbal communication skills
  3. Genuine interest in and commitment to the third sector (charities, social enterprises, etc)


  1. Familiarity with Git and Code Management Systems such as Github
  2. Familiarity with CSS3, HTML5 and Javascript
  3. Well organised and methodical approach to work
  4. Good team working skills
Organisational Information
  • media co-op is an award-winning social enterprise, founded in 2004 on a strong set of ethical principles to produce impactful, editorially sound and creatively ambitious films on different platforms for organisations doing good. The organisation has, over the past 10 years, developed to offer a range of digital media products and services to the third and public sectors and is currently expanding its expertise and assets in this area. Current clients include: NHS Education, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Recovery Network, Unity Enterprise, Scotmid Co-operative, Women’s Support Project and Glasgow Life.
How To Apply
  • Please contact your local Jobcentre Plus Personal Advisor who will check eligibility