Job Info
Salary: £10.85 per hour
Job Type: Full-time
Contract Type: 6-12 weeks
Closing Date:14 May 2021 09:00 am
Location: Central London / Working remotely
Benefits: Between 4 - 7 days of paid annual leave depending on length of internship.
Job Contact: Megan Bryan
Applications to:

Undergraduate Research Internship 2021

The Education Policy Institute is an independent, impartial and evidence-based research institute that aims to promote high quality education outcomes for all children and young people, regardless of social background.

We are looking for an undergraduate student in their penultimate or final year of study. The successful candidate will be undertaking a degree in a quantitative subject, have some research experience and an interest in education and/or public policy. You will join as a full-time research intern, working alongside experts in education and mental health policy and evidence. You will gain experience in producing high quality independent research and analysis.

As part of our talented, passionate and high-performing team you will:

  1. Learn about the operation and running of a research institute, including how it engages with government, parliamentarians, the media and wider public.
  2. Contribute to at least one of our forthcoming reports on either education or mental health through research and data analysis, as well as report writing.
  3. Conduct a short piece of research in your chosen area of education or mental health policy.
  4. Provide support to EPI’s role as an independent and expert commentator on education.
  5. Attend meetings with our partners to discuss collaborations, policy challenges and new ideas to improve standards in education and/or young people’s mental health.
  6. Contribute new and thoughtful ideas to our research programme and priorities.

This is a 6-12 week internship between the months of July to September; the exact start and end dates will be tailored to the successful candidate’s availability. We would be happy to look at flexible requirements on request. Interviews will take place on 26th and 27th May. This role pays the London Living Wage (£10.85 p/h).

We welcome applications from all under-represented communities and groups. As part of our commitment to increasing diversity within both our own workforce and the policy-making sector in general, we offer pre-application discussions to all candidates, including Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic candidates and all candidates with disabilities, who would like to speak to someone about the role in advance. Please contact for more details.

The Education Policy Institute recognises and wants to meet fully the aims and commitments set out in its equality policy. This includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010, and building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce in encouraging equality and diversity. We need your help and co-operation to do this, by filling out a short questionnaire at the end of the job application form. This questionnaire is entirely voluntary. Any information you do provide will stay confidential and will be stored securely. Only those monitoring job advertising and staff movement will have access to the data. Staff involved in sifting and interviewing for the post will not see your questionnaire. If you do not wish to complete the questionnaire, please click through the pages without submitting answers to reach the end of the application form.

To apply please complete the following application form. 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.



Felix, Undergraduate Research Intern 2018

“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.”


Ieuan, Undergraduate Research Intern 2017

“Whilst working at the EPI, I had the opportunity to contribute to a number of reports. In addition, I analysed numerous datasets, producing blog posts for publication to a tight deadline. As part of the internship I also planned and produced my own piece of research on rates of progression to higher education. The variety of research tasks was complemented by opportunities to attend events such as the launch of the OECD Education at a Glance 2017 report. The team at the EPI are very friendly and welcoming, offering expertise in all aspects of education policy. This summer internship developed my research skills in a practical way and increased my understanding of education policy in England. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in education to apply, it will be a beneficial experience.”


Ella, Undergraduate Research Intern 2016

“Working at the EPI was a real privilege. It allowed me to gain insight into research at the highest level, and hone my own analytical skills. The institute is with a warm and welcoming environment in which to work and learn and I could not speak of the internship more highly.”


Please contact if you have any queries, or call 020 7340 1160.

Applications close at 09.00am on 14th May. Please note that Smart Survey does not send an email confirmation of your application. If you reach the end of the application form you will see the following message ‘Your application has been received’ – this means we have your application and will be in touch to confirm whether you have been shortlisted for an interview. 

Interviews will take place on 26th and 27th May.