Position Open – #OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern

#OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern (17/18) Position Open


#OTalk is a community that welcomes students alongside practitioners and academics, recognising the vital role students can play in bringing fresh knowledge, innovation and enthusiasm to the community.  

To foster this collaboration, in 2015 #OTalk introduced the position of Student Digital Leader.  This Intern role offers a student the opportunity to become involved in the running of #OTalk for 6-12 months whilst receiving mentoring in digital leadership from the team.

Being part of the #OTalk team allows you to be creative, innovate and work as part of team. As a Student Digital Leader Intern these are some of the activities you could be involved in and be responsible for during your internship:

OTalk Project.

As part of your internship we hope you would be able to contribute in an innovative way to the #OTalk community by undertaking some form of project. This will be agreed between yourself and the rest of the OTalk team after you join the team.

OTalk Blog – Transcript posting.

To support the team in posting blog transcripts on the blog posts within 48 hours of a chat and sharing this with the #OTalk community on the social media platforms.

OTalk Facebook.

To monitor the facebook page, replying to comments and ensuring blogs have been shared within other relevant pages and groups (e.g. 4OT groups and Student Occupational Therapy groups/pages)

OTalk Twitter – Promoting.

To regularly tweet from OTalk and personal accounts to promote the chats and other related activities.

OTalk Twitter – Follows.

To review follows on the OTalk Twitter account, block spam accounts and to follow back/create lists for the OTalk account.

OTalk Twitter – Hosting.

To host a minimum of one chat during the internship and to support an additional two chats with guest hosts (Training will be provided – more can be hosted as desired).

Promoting OTalk.

To take and create opportunities to promote #OTalk and the benefits of professional social media use within university populations and regional/geographical networks.

OTalk Experience Summary.

Along with the OTalk crew,  write up an account of the experience of interning for publication.  This can be done in a range of ways and we are open to finding new and creative ways to share this experience Our first intern Kelly did this by displaying a poster at #COT2016 and our second Kirstie wrote a piece with Kelly for OTNews.

OTalk Development.

Engagement in online team meetings to review chat effectiveness, suggest future development and feedback on the relevance of OTalk for students.

Interns ideally need to be:

  • Excellent communicators
  • Familiar with the use of twitter
  • Familiar with the use of gmail, google calendars and google drive
  • Familiar with the use of skype
  • Familiar with wordpress blog editing dashboard
  • Able to create PDFs of transcripts and certificates
  • Available on Tuesday nights between 8pm – 9pm at least once a month
  • Available for 30 minutes on Thursday or Fridays to post chat transcript
  • Able to access the Internet and have a laptop/smartphone that will enable blog editing and twitter/Facebook access.
  • Passionate about the occupational therapy profession
  • Promoters of the positive application of social networking for professional development
  • Responsible and professional in their use of social media (social media accounts of applicants will be reviewed as part of the application process)
  • Engaging with CPD on a regular basis

Training to use the relevant software will be provided so please still apply if you meet most of the outline above.

If you are interested in this position please send the following information to otalk.occhat@gmail.com:

  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words demonstrating your suitability for the internship.
  • A Biography of between 100-200 words (that includes your name and university, and a link to your LinkedIn profile) [Write this as if you are introducing yourself to the OTalk Community on the blog].
  • Your skype username.
  • The name and e-mail of a referee who can be contacted if you are invited to interview.

Please direct any queries to the our email or DM us on Twitter at @OTalk_

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 28th November at 23:59.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a skype interview in December and will be in post by January 2018.




#OTalk 2nd December 2014 – 2015 Volunteer Planning

Is it really December already?

Well, with only one month to go until 2015 the #OTalk team thought it was time to entice our community into making their New Year’s Resolutions to volunteer to host an #OTalk.

Join us on 2nd December to help us make plans for 2015.

2014 saw the introduction of our Journal (Media) Club on the first Tuesday of each month. Whilst this is set to continue we have decided not to restrict it to a set schedule but to enable Journal (Media) options on any Tuesday. So, have you read an article you want to discuss, seen a film that has given you great insight into the experiences of potential clients or read a novel that made you take a step back from how you have always seen things? If so, book a date with the team and aim to write a short blog post introducing your media to the #OTalk community.

We have also seen great success with chats that have coincided with awareness days/weeks. Is there an awareness subject you are particularly passionate about, or one we’ve covered that we could take a new angle on? If so let us know. Here is a UK calendar for some inspiration. We are happy to talk to our MDT chat counterparts if you think of a topic it would be useful to have a wider perspective on.

Clarissa would like to run the models series again so if you think you can help with this then do contact us. If anyone has a burning passion for applying particular frames of reference in practice too then do get in touch.

If you’ve conducted any research or audit that you’d like to share the findings of then #OTalk is a great way to share that evidence far and wide.

And we always welcome anyone who just has an interest or passion in learning more about a topic to step forward. You don’t have to be an expert to run an #OTalk – some of the chats I’ve found most fun and informative are the ones when we’ve just been exploring a topic that is pretty new to all of us.

If you’d like to volunteer but you can’t be there on Tuesday never fear – just e-mail the team on otalk.occhat@gmail.com with your idea and some potential dates and we’ll be in contact.

I’m unable to be there tomorrow but I’ve booked in two chats for January so I hope you’ll forgive me.


Post chat update:

#OTalk Participants

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the chat, we have lots of ideas and offers. Don’t forget that you can email us anytime to suggest or offer to host a chat.

The Numbers

612,692 Impressions
267 Tweets
37 Participants

The online version of the transcript of the chat can be found here. 

Here is a PDF version of the transcript: #OTalk – 2 Dec 2014