Updated Jul 2016


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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.

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Senior economic analyst

£36,176–£42,562 per annum plus benefits (dependent upon experience)
Permanent, full time (37.5 hours per week), based in London

IPPR is seeking to recruit a senior economic analyst with a track record as an economist; a good understanding of government and the public policy-making process; and excellent quantitative skills. The successful candidate will help shape the work of IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice, a two-year research programme to be launched this autumn. The remit of the Commission is broad, covering industrial policy, macroeconomic frameworks, and reform of the tax system, and there will be the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of economic policy as the work programme develops.

The senior economic analyst’s key responsibilities will include:

  • designing and leading quantitative economic research projects
  • working with colleagues across IPPR to provide analytical expertise as they develop their research methodologies
  • helping to communicate IPPR’s work on the economy via engagement with policymakers and other stakeholders, publication of blogs, and media appearances.

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of economic policy, with the ability to link data analysis to current policy debates. They will have several years of work experience in a policy or research environment, and will be comfortable using a range of advanced quantitative/econometric methods, both in Excel and at least one type of statistical software. Additionally, they will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a commitment to the values and ethos of IPPR.

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.

Please download an information pack and application form, or email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the job title or REF: SEA/JUL. Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org.

To complete your application, please also fill out our equal opportunities monitoring form.

Please do not send CVs.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am, Wednesday 17 August 2016.
Interviews will be held on 30 August 2016.

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IPPR offers internship opportunities throughout the year, and 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.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and we particularly welcome applications from sections of the community that are currently under-represented at IPPR, including disabled, black and minority ethnic candidates.

We embrace flexible working practices and endeavour to accommodate requests for flexible working where possible. This would be discussed at interview stage for those who wanted to work part time.

Research internship

£18,380 per annum pro rata
Full time (37.5 hours per week), based in London
Fixed term contract: 3 months (with the possibility of further extension)

IPPR is looking for an intern to support the work of the Public Services team. They will be responsible for co-ordinating a range of seminars and events; assisting with general administration; and supporting research projects on health and education policy.

Job duties

  • Assisting with administrative and logistical aspects of events planning.
  • Collating invitations lists, drafting invitations, sending out invites and monitoring responses.
  • Updating the public services team contacts database.
  • Providing onsite support for events held at external venues.
  • Conducting research on health and education policy (including conducting literature reviews, interviewing experts, and summarising policy documents).
  • Writing briefing papers.

Skills and experience

  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to organise and assist with events
  • Excellent IT skills, including experience of using Microsoft Office (in particular Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Attention to detail
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work effectively in a team and independently
  • Ability to use own initiative and contribute new ideas
  • An interest in UK public policy and politics and a commitment to IPPR’s values.

The intern will be based in the IPPR office in central London, starting late August or early September 2016.

For please download an information pack and application form, email intern@ippr.org quoting the job title, or send an A4 SAE to Recruitment, IPPR, 4th Floor, 14 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6DF.

To complete your application, please also fill out our equal opportunities monitoring form.

Please do not send in CVs.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm Friday 29 July 2016. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 15 August 2016.

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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