Demos, the cross-party think tank, is launching a training scheme for two people keen to begin their career in public policy research and advocacy. The one-year scheme is open to career-switchers and people returning to the labour market as well as graduates and non-graduates at the start of their working lives.
Demos is a fantastic place to get your start in public policy. Former colleagues include MPs like Stella Creasy and Danny Kruger, writers and broadcasters like Sonia Sodha and Jamie Bartlett, as well as civil servants, social entrepreneurs, and charity leaders. Our goal is to find and develop the next generation of policy analysts and thinkers.
We are not like most Westminster think tanks. We are completely non-partisan in our approach: our way of working is to involve the public in policy discussions and decisions. We use unique methodologies to do this, and develop our own tech to underpin them. Based on Whitehall, we are an ambitious team of about 20, working together for real impact.
We work on a diverse range of issues from online anonymity to food poverty. Our flagship projects this year include:
- Renew Normal - the People’s Commission on Life After Covid
- The Good Web Project - articulating, measuring and advocating for a better Internet
- Tax Futures - a public deliberation on how best to fund the state
About the role
You will work on a series of projects over the course of the year, to get experience across our ways of working. One of you will be based within CASM, our technology hub, though you will work on other projects where needed.
You can expect to be involved across many of the methods below:
- Desk-based research methods
- Literature reviews
- Data analysis
- Qualitative research methods
- Focus groups
- Social media and big, online data analysis
- Deliberation events
- Quantitative research
- Polling, including survey design and data analysis
- Polis, an interactive opinion mapping tool pioneered in the UK by Demos
- Policy development
- Internal policy workshops
- Stakeholder roundtables
- Policy costing
- Project administration
- Arranging interviews
- Arranging events and roundtables
- Proofreading and quality control
- Impact - collaborating with the external affairs team on
- Launches and public relations
- Creating engaging content from research findings
This is a twelve-month programme. As we continue to grow, permanent posts may become available but there is no guarantee of permanent employment at the end of the scheme.
Demos is looking for ambitious and enthusiastic candidates keen to learn fast, try new things, and contribute to the charity’s work from project design and fundraising through research, to impact and political outreach. Curiosity, enthusiasm and strong organisational skills are critical. Essential attributes:
- ideas about how to improve life in the UK for our fellow citizens
- excellent verbal and written communication skills
- mathematical literacy: comfortable using and interpreting data
- intellectual curiosity and an analytical mindset
- willingness to work with colleagues and members of the public who disagree with you
We are working to improve the diversity of our team, and strongly encourage applicants from groups under-represented in Westminster to apply. That includes people with lived experience of disadvantage, including poverty, discrimination and disability.
While graduates are welcome to apply, this is not one of those graduate-only training schemes exclusively for people from prestigious universities. It is open to anyone who wants to get started in public policy.
How to apply
If you are interested in this position please apply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by
9am on Monday 24 August. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.
Please attach the following documents in pdf format to your email application:
- A letter (no more than one side of A4) setting out why you want to work at Demos and why you are suited to this role. In that letter, try to:
- Give an example of when you’ve taken direct ownership of a challenge and seen it to completion
- Demonstrate a real interest in public policy
- Highlight any experience you have undertaking research and any tools you have found helpful in doing that research
- Demonstrate an interest in the future of the Internet, if you want to be considered for the role at CASM.
- A short note (no longer than 500 words) setting out a proposal for a policy change to improve Britain after the Covid-19 crisis. You might want to look at www.renewnormal.co.uk for inspiration.
- Your CV
Terms and conditions
- Salary: £24,000 per annum
- Contract: Fixed term contract for 12 months
- Hours: 37.5 hours per week; 30 days’ holiday
- Reporting to: Director of Research / Director of CASM
- Location: Demos offices, London SW1
- Pension: 6% (after three months service)