TRINITY will re-open for applications during the summer of 2017.

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TRINITY is the Term-time Research INternship (In The Year). TRINITY involves offering students the chance to undertake paid, term-time internships. Each TRINITY internship runs for the equivalent of one working day per week during Terms One and Two (twenty days in total) and each intern will be paid a little over £1,500.

TRINITY roles can be extremely varied. Duties may involve anything from arranging research groups to collecting, transcribing, and coding data to proof-reading manuscripts to undertaking literature reviews and more besides. Successful candidates will work for a range of supervisors over the course of their internship, so you will need to be quick to adapt to new tasks, willing to use your own initiative, good at working without supervision, and attentive to detail.

TRINITY offers you the chance to gain paid experience working as a research assistant under the supervision of LAEL staff-members, which can only look fantastic on your CV. And if you’re thinking about going into postgraduate study, this is a superb introduction into advanced research which will look equally good on an MA/MSc application. (Also… £1,500!?)

We have five TRINITY places available for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Who can apply?

This year, one TRINITY placement is funded by LAEL. Any student can apply for this role, as long as you fulfill the following criteria:

  • You have not already undertaken a TRINITY placement in a previous academic year/round
  • In the 2016-2017 academic year, you must be a second, third, or fourth year undergraduate (or equivalent) who is majoring or minoring in linguistics and/or English language at Lancaster University. For instance…
    • If you are a student who was in Year One during the 2015-2016 academic year and you have successfully progressed into Year Two for 2016-2017, then you are eligible to apply
    • If you are a student who was in Year Two or Three during the 2015-2016 academic year, whether you are retaking that year or you have successfully progressed into Year Three or Four, you are eligible to apply

In addition to that, we have funding for a further four internships reserved for widening-participation students. To qualify for an internship under the widening-participation scheme you must fulfill the criteria above, as well as one of the following:

  • Your parents did not attend a higher education institution (except as a mature student)
  • You are a care leaver, or someone cared for you other than your parents
  • You received free school meals
  • You received a 16-19 bursary
  • You receive a government maintenance grant at university
  • You have a disability
  • You are a mature student
  • Immediately before coming to university, you lived in a low participation neighbourhood. Your postcode should be in quintile 1 or 2 on the POLAR3 index on this website to qualify. Lots of postcodes meet this criterion so it’s worth checking!

How do I apply?

You should complete the TRINITY application form and then email it to Claire Hardaker using your official Lancaster email account – no printing or posting required. Submissions from non-Lancaster accounts will be disregarded and your first application is final. We will not accept updates or corrections, so don’t let the simplicity of the form lure you into treating it carelessly.

What is the closing date?

Midnight (GMT), Friday 23rd September 2016. You are, of course, welcome to apply sooner. Note that the GMT time and datestamp on your email will be taken as the final time and date of submission.

When will I find out if I got it?

Once all the forms are in, a panel of academics will sit down with a large supply of caffeine, sift the applications down to a shortlist, and then painstakingly match the best candidate(s) to the job description. This isn’t usually a quick process, but we try to complete it as quickly as possible before the internships begin to give the successful candidate(s) the chance to make any necessary alterations to their term-time arrangements. In the event of a tie, or a split in the panel, we may call students in for an interview. Once the decisions are made, we typically email the outcomes one week after the closing date.

I applied for SPRINT. Can I also apply for TRINITY?

Yes. As long as you fulfill the criteria, you are allowed up to a maximum of one SPRINT and one TRINITY placement. Applying for one does not in any way disqualify you from applying for the other, and if you do try for both, success or otherwise in your application for one will have no influence on the outcome of applying for the other. Similarly, if you apply for a placement but do not achieve it, you are very welcome to apply again in the next round.

What did past TRINITY students think of the experience?

Well, this is TRINITY’s first year, so not much yet, but this section will be filled in time!

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I have other questions…

If you have a query and, after careful research, you can’t find the answer, then email Claire Hardaker. Remember not to email with questions that have obvious or easily-found answers – this won’t convey a particularly favourable impression of your research skills!