£9.50 per hour plus £1.15 holiday pay
Advertising End Date
05 Jun 2022

Role & Department Overview

A fantastic internship opportunity has arisen to make a difference by measuring the impact of tourism on the environment and evaluating data sources to develop sustainable tourism indicators with Global Tourism Solutions.

This paid internship will be working with a small tourism research company researching the availability and quality of data to help develop their sustainable tourism reports. 

Global Tourism Solutions (UK) main area of business is providing local area tourism volume and value statistics through a model called STEAM. They also carry out survey and research work and are expanding their services to include measuring the sustainability of tourism. Traditionally the measurement of tourism has been concerned with measuring its volume and value – how many visitors there are and how much they spend. There are now increased concerns about the sustainability of tourism and measuring its impact on the local environment, residents, and the climate.

After a pilot with Snowdonia National Park, additional research is now needed into the availability and quality of data across the UK. Global Tourism Solutions (GTS) hope to extend the sustainability reporting to their other clients, such as other National Parks and local authorities, offering a range of indicators which can be selected from according to local needs and interests. The research will allow GTS to develop a suite of indicators to measure sustainability of tourism at a local level. 

Reduced energy or CO2e emissions:   

GTS is working with the UK National Parks, who in their 2021 Climate Emergency Response Statement committed to reducing their CO2 emissions to zero by 2045. The work carried out as part of the internship will be used for future reports. The reports will give National Parks and local authorities the information they need to assess what action needs to be taken to reduce the impact of tourism, including energy use and carbon emissions.

This project is managed by the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund to promote Low Carbon Innovation in the Region. 

Please note that this opportunity is only available to current students of Lancaster University.  
Start Date: 20th June 2022
End Date: 23rd October 2022
Total Hours: 140
Work Pattern: Flexible to fit the intern and the company

Job Description

During this internship, the student will be required to: 

  • Investigate the availability of data sets for a given list of sustainability indicators (e.g. distance travelled by visitors, use of locally sourced food etc).  
  • For each indicator produce a list of possible data sources.
  • Assess the availability of the data, any costs, frequency of data production, robustness of methodology, geographical coverage, and any other pertinent information.  

Person Specification

  • Experience at conducting research.
  • Able to create reports and deliver presentations.
  • Comfortable working with numerical data, analysing it and drawing conclusions from it.
  • Be inquisitive; able to problem solve and think outside the box.
Ideal candidates will be students studying for a relevant degree which may include human geography, environmental science or marketing. 

Working in this role will help develop the following skills and experience:

  • Analysing
  • Collaboration
  • Curiosity
  • Flexibility
  • Multi-tasking
  • Organisation
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Problem Solving
  • Research
  • Self-motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication

You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, this role is only open to individuals living in the UK.

Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however, hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand. 
Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers.