Research Internship

We are seeking to appoint an intern for six months to join our team based in Brighton, engaged in research on employment policy and human resource management.

The Institute

The Institute for Employment Studies is an independent centre for research and consultancy in employment, education and human resources. We work closely with governments, professional bodies and employers, on projects that try to support sustained improvements in public policy and employer practice. The emphasis in all of our work is on applied research and related consultancy. Our values infuse our work. We strive for excellence, to be collaborative, and to bring curiosity to what we do. We work with integrity and treat people respectfully and with compassion. 

The role

Research Intern

IES Research Intern(s) have the opportunity to contribute to various aspects of the Institute’s activities, including:

■       creating and maintaining databases

■       assisting research staff to set up and carry out interviews and discussion groups

■       helping to undertake literature and data reviews

■       cleaning, coding and analysing quantitative and qualitative data

■       contributing to the development of project proposals and research designs

■       supporting the dissemination of research findings

■       generally contributing to the work of the Institute.

What we are looking for

The post would suit someone with a demonstrable interest in applied social research and human resource management, employment or labour markets. The successful candidate is likely to have a degree in an economic or social science discipline and good self-organisational skills but requires relevant work experience to support their entry into the sector.

What we can offer you

The internship will be full time, subject to a six month contract, and based at the Institute’s head office in central Brighton. However, most of our team works in a hybrid way and we are happy to consider applications from across the UK. We would expect the postholder to be prepared to travel to Brighton for group meetings on occasion. The intern will be paid £18,018 based on the norm for a living wage and will have an opportunity to gain significant experience in applied research and evaluation on employment and related issues.

We offer a tailored, researcher development programme and an opportunity to expand your knowledge through working with our expert, multi-disciplinary staff. IES offers a friendly and supportive workplace culture – in person and virtually – and has an active social committee. Brighton and the surrounding areas offer a superb location in which to live (if you did want to move here) with easy access to the sea, countryside, and plenty of culture and nightlife. Brighton is close to Gatwick airport (30 mins), London (1 hour) and France (2.5 hours).

The Institute for Employment Studies is an Investor in People and a registered charity (no. 258390). IES seeks to be an equal opportunities employer.

How to apply

For full details of the role, please download the job description, Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and standard IES application form below. CVs will not be consideredPlease return a completed form to: or post to Careers, IES, City Gate, 185 Dyke Road, Brighton BN3 1TL (Telephone: 01273 763456)

Closing date for applications: midday, Monday 11 July 2022

The Institute for Employment Studies is actively seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all under-represented communities and groups. We are particularly keen to attract candidates from ethnic minority groups given their under-representation within applied social research. We are a Disability Confident Employer and are happy to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the individual requirements of candidates with disabilities.

Because of the nature of our work, appointments will be subject to a report from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or Disclosure Scotland.

Legal note

The Institute for Employment Studies:

  • is a registered charity (no. 258390)
  • seeks to be an equal opportunities employer
  • is an Investor in People