The Policy Internship Scheme

The Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for doctoral students funded by the UK Research Councils to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. For full details please follow the below link.

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Innovation Caucus PhD intern Opportunities

Applications are invited from highly motivated PhD candidates to undertake a three-month internship to gather and assess evidence to identify new opportunities for project priorities related to the next generation services theme under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The successful intern will work closely with the Innovation Caucus, which is an initiative funded by Innovate UK and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), (both of which are part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Some key aims of the Innovation Caucus are to support innovation-led growth and promote greater engagement between the social sciences and businesses.

Person specification

The intern will need to have:

  • the ability to work with academics and engage with academic debates to identify insights and make connections across research and policy domains
  • a broad understanding of the social sciences, and appreciation of how the social sciences can contribute to the economy and society via the Industrial Strategy
  • an interest in how social science disciplines can be applied to generate insights for businesses and innovation.

It is also desirable that the candidate will have:

  • a working understanding of the “service sector” and/or “AI and data technologies” would be an advantage
  • the ability to synthesize research findings into outputs for non-academic audiences, eg using infographics
  • excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a client-focused role. 

Dates of internship

  • Closing date - 12 noon on 14 June 2019
  • Aimed start date - 1 July 2019
  • The internship will need to be completed by 30 September 2019


There is scope to accommodate flexible working arrangements, although the intern will be expected to attend meetings in London (and potentially in Swindon and Sheffield) on an ad hoc basis.

Full details and how to apply

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