Summer Student

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Employment Type Full time
Location On site · London, City of, UK London
Salary £12.68 hourly rate, in line with the London Living Wage
Team Research
Seniority Junior
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 21st Jan 2024 GMT

Job Description

IFS offers several placements each summer to economics students who are interested in how microeconomics can be applied to public policy issues and who are considering a career in economic research. Applications are open for placements to take place in the summer of 2024.

Placements are intended to give a taste of research work at IFS similar to that done by newly-recruited permanent research staff. As such, the work is most likely to be appropriate for individuals currently studying for undergraduate or masters degrees, rather than more advanced students. During a six-week placement, a Summer Student might typically expect to work for an IFS research team on tasks such as reviewing existing literature, preparing and analysing data, and writing up research results.

We welcome applications from those in their penultimate year of an undergraduate degree with a strong economics component and from those who are in their final year and planning to start studying for a masters degree in economics. Suitable candidates will be selected on the basis of a short interview, which will take place at our offices in central London.

Undergraduates should be expecting to obtain a first-class degree. They should have a strong grasp of basic economic concepts, as well as the ability to apply these to practical policy issues. Much of IFS research involves the analysis of data, and applicants are therefore expected to have a high degree of numeracy. However, please note that familiarity with specific mathematical and statistical techniques and computer packages used in applied economics is not a prerequisite.

Any offer of employment is subject to the eligibility to work in the UK.

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More information about our selection process and interviews can be found here.

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