ILC-UK is the leading think-tank on ageing and demographic change. We have over 15 years’ experience of producing ground breaking research, policy analysis and debate.

Presenting current and futures research on economic policy, families and community, health and social care, migration and integration, transport and planning, work and wellbeing. Issue and impact driven – we aim to improve public policy and practice both at the national and international level. We are solutions focussed and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:
*Producing over 35 reports.
*Holding over 50 high level events and conferences in conjunction with No 10 Downing Street, members of the Royal Family, Ministers and celebrities.
*Featuring in every UK national newspaper and international publications, contributing to national TV and Radio debates and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

We have a long history of recruiting research interns at our central Westminster offices and are looking for a bright and enthusiastic intern who is keen to develop a career at the heart of public policy.

You will gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of research and policy as well as the opportunity to develop your own impactful solutions to share at high profile public events and with the media. From day one, you will be able to develop your own research ideas, produce articles and blogs and liaise with clients from across the political, corporate, academic and third sector.

Many of our recent interns (five out of seven) have continued their employment with the ILC-UK after their initial placement and this represents a great opportunity to work with a small, dynamic and friendly team in the heart of Westminster.

You must have excellent research and writing skills, with a high level of attention to detail. Being adept in interpreting and using data, allied to either a good knowledge of current economic and/or public policy debates, would be advantageous. Candidates should have high standards of written and spoken English, and an ability to write for both academic and lay audiences.

You must have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint). We are looking for someone who has a flexible attitude, who is comfortable working in a small team and who is able to adapt to new tasks with ease and work in a fast-paced environment.
We are open to applications from recent graduates, or individuals looking for experience in a policy environment.

Key skills and Competencies

Essential: Able to support the research team with a range of research activities, including:
1. Writing accurately and succinctly for a range of audiences.
2. Policy analysis and developing recommendations.
3. Information and evidence gathering (including undertaking literature reviews).
4. Strong analysis of official statistics and other data using Excel.
5. Ability to present research, liaise with clients and disseminate findings.
6. Understanding of UK public policy environment and influencing process.
7. Ability to work independently in a highly-pressured environment and to tight deadlines in a small team.

Send a (maximum) two page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Director of Research and Strategy at ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.
If selected for interview you will be asked to produce a short sample of your written work.

Hours - 5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible for the right candidate)

Application deadline - 27th February

Duration of contract - 6 months with strong potential for an ongoing formal position (all of our last three interns went on to fulltime positions)

Interview date - 14-20th March

Salary - £9.75 p/h London Living Wage

Start date - ASAP

Place of Work - Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to notify unsuccessful applicants. If you have not been notified of the outcome of your application within four weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.


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Previous ILC-UK Research (1) has shown how household spending steadily falls as we get older.

Today’s “Family Spending” (2) evidence from ONS, shows a similar trend, with households headed by a person aged 75 and over spending substantially less than their younger counterparts.[1]

Research finds that although 9 in 10 65-79 year olds live in under occupied houses, there could be a retirement housing gap of 160,000 houses by 2030 if Government fails to focus on last time buyers

We need a Research Fellow with excellent analytical ability and strong writing skills who has a passion for, and understanding of, UK public policy.

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ILC-UK are looking for a bright and enthusiastic intern who is keen to develop a career at the heart of public policy.

An ILC-UK report, to be released in January has calculated the impact DB deficits have had on wages between 2000 - 2015.