The ILC-UK is an independent, research led, think tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and demographic change. Based in the heart of Westminster, much of our work is directed at the highest levels of government in London, Europe and Internationally.

Our policy and research remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We are looking to recruit an intern who can join part of our growing team in addressing some of the key demographic challenges of today.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach, and, as a result, we are looking to grow our team.  We are currently seeking an intern to learn and contribute to our work and gain experience and understanding of our policy, research and events activities.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and eager intern who is willing to embrace all aspects of the organisation. In return, you will gain valuable experience on a range of assignments: from supporting colleagues in the delivery of a project or high profile event, to independently managing the delivery of key research; you will have real responsibility from week one. Many of our interns 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 a good knowledge of current economic, health and 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 should have a good understanding and interest in the work that the ILC-UK undertakes and this should be reflected in your covering letter (

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

  1. Essential: Able to support the research team with a range of research activities, including:
    • Information and evidence gathering.
    • Undertaking literature reviews.
    • Strong analysis of official statistics and other data using Excel.
    • Report writing.
    • Referencing, formatting and dissemination
  2. Essential: Provide research assistance on briefings for team members attending meetings and events.
  3. Essential: Develop and produce blogs for the ILC-UK website.
  4. Essential: Provide communications support, including drafting press releases and writing occasional articles for magazines.
  5. Essential: Understanding of UK policy environment and influencing process.
  6. Essential: Ability to work independently in a highly-pressured environment and to tight deadlines in a small team.
  7. Essential: Strong written and oral communication skills.
  8. Desirable: Interest or experience of working on longevity, demographic or ageing issues in the field of research or policy.
  9. Desirable: Experience or interest in the dissemination of research and presentation of results.

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.

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

Application deadline
Midnight, Sunday 27th March 2016

Duration of contract
6 months with strong potential for an ongoing formal position.

Interview date
Week commencing Monday 18th April 2016

London Living Wage: £9.40 per hour

Start date
As soon as possible

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

Please click on the below link to review the Job Description for this position.


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