New opportunity: Research Internship

A fantastic opportunity to join the Social Market Foundation - Britain's leading cross-party think tank - in a role supporting our research team. Applications close on Wednesday 8 December at midday.

We are currently recruiting for a Research Intern to start in January 2022. This is a paid position. The SMF runs a research internship programme designed to provide an opportunity to gain invaluable experience in a public policy environment. SMF internships are well known for their high quality and their emphasis on providing interns with a solid grounding in public policy research methods.

During your internship, you will be an integral member of the research team, contributing to SMF policy projects. We will give you the opportunity to gain experience in all the main areas of our work, from brainstorming and engaging in policy discussions, to research and analysis, and to policy development and communications. Our current projects span long-termism in business, employment, income and savings, and healthcare.

How to apply

  • Download the job description here.
  • Applications should be sent to with the header “Research Internship”. Please carefully read the application process outlined in the job description.
  • Applicants are also asked to complete and return a diversity monitoring form with their applications. This is optional and can be downloaded here.


  • The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 8th December. Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 13 December. Candidates for interview will be asked to complete a short written task in advance which will be discussed during the interview.

The SMF is an equal opportunities employer and all our jobs are open to anyone, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from people whose backgrounds are poorly represented in Westminster-based institutions and employers.


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