Are you looking for a short-term paid role in a think tank over the summer?

The independent think tank the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is seeking a summer intern to start on Monday 23 July. The intern would work 4 days a week for a period of 4 weeks, with the possibility of extension.

The role would primarily involve supporting our ‘Innovating for Ageing’ project, which seeks to find solutions to the problems facing vulnerable older consumers. There would also be opportunities to help support other pieces of work at ILC-UK, such as writing a blog for our website. You would also receive broader one-to-one career advice from Directors at the end of your internship.
This would be an excellent opportunity for anyone with an interest in policy making, social entrepreneurship or working in a think tank.

Salary: London Living Wage (£10.20 per hour).

Working hours: 4 days per week (28 hours) for a period of 4 weeks (Monday 23 July to Friday 17 August), with the possibility of extension.

Location: International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) office in Westminster, London.

Reports to: Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Application deadline: Sunday 15 July.

Interviews: Wednesday 18 July.

Start date: Monday 23 July.

How to apply: Send a 1 to 2 page CV to Jon Date, Head of External Affairs, at, ensuring that ‘Summer Intern’ appears in the email subject field. 


About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is the specialist think-tank on the impact of ageing on society.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

We are intergenerational and solutions focused in our approach, our work is evidence based 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, including our sell out “Future of Ageing” annual conference.
  •  Featuring in every UK national newspaper, in international publications, contributing to national TV and radio debates, and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

Candidate Specification

We are seeking a motivated individual to join us as a Summer Intern to support the Innovating for Ageing project, as well as other ad-hoc work to support ILC-UK.

The Innovating for Ageing project seeks to identify solutions to the growing problem of vulnerability in later life by bringing together experts, innovators and groups who work to support vulnerable consumers. For more information visit the Innovating for Ageing website:

The Summer Intern will work alongside the Head of External Affairs, Policy and Public Affairs Manager and Events and Office Manager on the Innovating for Ageing project. The successful candidate would be responsible for contacting start-ups and innovators to encourage them to apply for the Innovating for Ageing competition before the deadline on 12th August 2018, and could be instrumental in finding the next big innovation which could improve the lives of vulnerable older consumers.

The Summer Intern will also get other opportunities to support the wider work of the think tank, such as writing a blog for our website or ad hoc research tasks. You would also receive broader one-to-one career advice from Directors at the end of your internship.


  • Contacting start-ups and innovators over email and the phone to encourage them to apply for the Innovating for Ageing competition
  • Managing the spreadsheet of start-ups and innovators that have been contacted and their response
  • Desk research to find new start-ups and innovators to contact
  • Posting from the Innovating for Ageing Twitter account
  • Wider support for the Innovating for Ageing project – e.g. support organising an upcoming event and / or drafting copy for the website or mailing list
  • Other ad hoc tasks to support ILC-UK – e.g. writing a blog for our website, desk research, writing tasks and / or other logistics and admin support as required

Key Skills:


Strong administrative skills
Good interpersonal skills and telephone manner
Enthusiastic and pro-active
Ability to work under pressure, managing multiple tasks with competing deadlines
Good writing skills


Experience of using social media, in particular Twitter
Previous experience in an office environment
An interest in at least one of the following: working for a think tank, working with start-ups / innovators, issues to do with ageing / vulnerable consumers


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