Spring 2018 Internship Programme
Research and Learning

Institute for Government

Salary £18,000 per annum equivalent
Westminster, London


The Institute for Government is currently inviting applications for our spring 2018 internship programme starting in March 2018.

What we are looking for

We are looking to take on a number of interns in March 2018 to work across the research and learning team. The precise nature of each internship will vary according to the needs of projects, but past interns have found themselves carrying out literature reviews, conducting interviews with MPs and civil servants, organising events, undertaking data collection and analysis, presenting research findings to colleagues, writing blogs and contributing to published reports. Interns are also required to help out with some administrative and other tasks.

Applicants should be confident and reliable graduates with:

  • An excellent academic record,
  • A degree/predicted grade of 2:1 or above, or international equivalent,
  • Knowledge of or strong interest in government in the UK and elsewhere,
  • Strong analytical, organisational and communication (both written/verbal) skills,
  • Commitment to the values and mission of the Institute for Government.

Applicants should be available to work on a full-time basis. Internships are offered for three months in the first instance. There is the potential to extend – normally to a maximum of six months – subject to strong performance.

Our offer to you

We offer you the opportunity to:

  • become a full member of the research and learning team in a highly-respected institution at the heart of Westminster with close connections to government and all political parties;
  • take a fresh, evidence-based look at a range of issues, to improve the Institute’s understanding of problems facing government, and to help develop innovative solutions to these problems;
  • work with other Institute staff and external partners to deliver the Institute’s research and learning programme;
  • work on projects combining traditional research with practitioner and expert workshops and stimulating public and private events;
  • contribute to high quality publications, presentations and events.

Our application process has three stages:

About you: Here we ask you for some personal details. This information will only become visible to the Institute if you are shortlisted. All applications are assessed blind by multiple reviewers.

Multiple choice test: Here we ask you to complete a multiple choice test, and the test is formed of four parts, each comprising four questions:

  • Numerical reasoning
  • Data interpretation
  • Word definition
  • Verbal reasoning

We would like you to complete as much of the test as possible in 20 minutes. Once you start the test a timer will count down in the top right corner of the screen. You will still be able to fill in answers after the timer reaches zero, but when we look at your answers we will be able to see the total time you took and taking more than 20 minutes will affect your score.

Short answer questions: Here we ask you to complete four questions about your education, employment experience, motivation for applying to the Institute, and why you believe yourself to be a suitable candidate. Each section has a 250 word limit. Once you have completed all these questions you will see a page with all your answers and have the opportunity to amend these before finally submitting your application.

For further information about the internship programme please download the full information pack available here: https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/job/spring-2018-internship-programme

Closing date: Wednesday 24th January 2018, 13:00.