Updated Apr 2015


IPPR's reputation as the leading progressive thinktank in the UK is built on the expertise and experience of its people. The IPPR staff includes people with a wide range of experience, working inside government and for national media and major non-governmental organisations, as well as leading academics and policy experts.

As well as employing the best staff at all levels, IPPR helps young people to get a start in the policy world through its internship and work experience programmes.


Director, IPPR Scotland

c.£60,000 plus benefits
One year fixed-term contract (renewable), full-time, based in Edinburgh

We are looking for a director to help establish IPPR Scotland. IPPR Scotland will conduct and publish research, hold events and engage in widespread dialogue on the issues that really matter for Scotland’s social, economic and political future. In all its work, it will be guided by the goals of social justice, democracy and sustainability.

The director will be responsible for setting the strategic goals and priorities of IPPR Scotland, and will lead and manage the office. They will play an integral role in developing stakeholder relationships throughout Scotland, maintaining IPPR Scotland’s profile and acting as its figurehead, and taking responsibility for all research outputs, events and media profile.

The ideal candidate will possess an excellent understanding of the political process in Scotland and the UK, with an awareness of a wide range of public policy issues. They will also need excellent communication skills, with the capacity to deal with people across all levels of government, politics, business, academia and the media. They will be an expert in policy-relevant research with a track record of innovative thinking, analysis and research, including the ability to write and edit in a succinct and accessible style; as well as a proven ability to fundraise from a variety of sources and build networks across the highest levels.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

To find out more and to make an application, please download an information pack and application form. Alternatively you can email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the job title or REF: DSCOT/APR.

Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org. Please do not send CVs.

In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9 am, Monday 18 May. Interviews will be held on Monday 1 June.



IPPR offers internship opportunities throughout the year. They are always advertised on this page.

Interns are valued by IPPR and are given a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities. Interns may be employed to work on research projects or work in the external affairs team. Internships are offered in London and Newcastle.

We seek to ensure our internships are open to a wide range of candidates and as part of our commitment to encourage diversity and opportunity all interns are paid the London Living Wage or its equivalent.

There are no internships available at this time.


Amelia Zollner IPPR/University College London Internship Award

The Amelia Zollner IPPR/UCL Internship Award was founded in 2007 in memory of 24-year-old UCL student Amelia Zollner, who tragically died in a cycling accident while working as an intern at IPPR.

The annual three-month London-based Amelia Zollner internship is reserved for current UCL students or recent UCL graduates as a stepping stone to working in policy or politics.

Work experience

Generally, IPPR is not able to offer work experience opportunities. The exceptions are the work experience schemes we have in place with specific educational institutions.

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