Internship Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Internship

Each year, EPI employs at least one undergraduate research intern to contribute to one or more of our forthcoming reports, and to conduct a short piece of research of their own.  This internship scheme is for students in their penultimate year of study on an undergraduate programme, who may have some research experience, ideally be studying a quantitative subject and have an interest in education and/or public policy. The internship typically lasts six – 12 weeks between July and September with the exact start and end dates being tailored to the successful candidate(s).

Candidates who perform exceptionally during their internship placement at EPI may be offered a permanent role as a researcher upon completion of their undergraduate course.

Applications for summer 2020 are now open and will close at 09:00am on Monday 23rd March 2020. Applications received outside of the application time frame will not be considered.

Party Conference and Events Internship

To support EPI’s programme of events at each of the three main political party conferences in September and October, we run a party conference and events internship scheme. This internship scheme is aimed at those with a keen interest in policy and policy making and some experience of event organisation. During the internship the successful candidate will provide support to the conference programme by writing and handling invitations, managing logistics and working with the communications team to effectively market the event. The internship typically lasts 10 – 12 weeks from mid- July to the end of September.

Applications for summer 2019 are now closed. Applications for summer 2020 will open in March 2020. Applications received outside of the application time frame will not be considered.

Nuffield Research Placement

EPI is delighted to be working with the Nuffield Foundation to host a sixth form student for a four to six-week placement over the summer holidays. This scheme prioritises students from low-income families and families with no history of Higher Education. For more information, and to apply, please visit:


“I found my internship at EPI useful and enjoyable, as it allowed me to use and improve the quantitiave skills I had learnt in my physics degree, as well as learn about, and hopefully influence, public policy. I worked on data analysis for a report, which meant that I got to learn about the policy area (both in terms of the specifics and the broader area) and improve my statistical programming skills (and get my name on a publication!).

“There were also opportunities to attend events outside of the day-to-day work which I really enjoyed – attending a select committee session, working at a conference on secondary education reforms, and even attending the Think Tank of the Year awards.”

Felix, Undergraduate Research Intern 2018

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at EPI as the Conference and Events Intern. I felt very welcomed by staff at all levels from the outset. My weekly meetings with the Head of Fundraising and Events allowed me to work independently, while providing structure. The nature of the work means you are busy and juggling many different speakers, events and emails, but the Communications and External Engagement Team were very supportive and willing to help.

“It was an exciting chance to learn about the education sector and be in contact with MPs, academics and partners. I feel that I was given lots of responsibility, which I really enjoyed and meant that at the end I was very proud of the conference schedules EPI ran. As a growing and ever-relevant organisation, I would highly recommend working at EPI and personally had a wonderful summer as an intern.”

Isobel, Conference and Events Intern 2018

“My experience with the Education Policy Institute has been incredible and extremely rewarding. The placement allowed me to grow my research skills and techniques and I found it hugely rewarding to contribute to a piece of actual scientific research on such topical issues such as access to child and adolescent mental health services.

“The team really included me and gave so many numerous opportunities – I am hugely grateful and thankful for their advice and support throughout my time here”.

Alex, Nuffield Research Intern 2018

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