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Centre for Cities is an independent, non-partisan research and policy institute. Committed to helping Britain’s cities improve their economic performance, the Centre produces practical research and policy advice for city leaders, Whitehall and employers.

We are looking for an intern to work specifically on the Centre’s flagship annual publication, Cities Outlook. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone seeking a first step in the world of policy and research.

The postholder would gain in-depth experience of a range of research duties through supporting the Centre’s core research team. Specific tasks for interns include: qualitative and quantitative research on aspects of the economies of UK cities and towns and desk-based research into economic conditions, trends and strategies in a number of UK and international cities.

Job Duties/Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake quantitative and qualitative research;
  • Conduct literature reviews, policy reviews and other background research as required by the team;
  • Support the Centre’s research programme and deliver small scale research projects as needed;
  • Provide administrative and research support as required, including arranging meetings, site visits and events.

Essential skills:

  • Experience in managing and manipulating large data sets;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel;
  • Strong communication skills, including written, verbal and presentation skills;
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including the ability to understand a large body of literature, draw out the key issues and apply them to the Centre’s research programme;
  • The ability to work well in a team.

Desirable Skills:

  • Knowledge of economic, social and/or public policy;
  • Knowledge of STATA and GIS software;
  • Knowledge of NOMIS and other government datasets.


  • Economics or other related degree (2.1 and above).

Contract: Full time, 4 months (October 2017 – January 2018)

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:59pm on Wednesday 13th September 2017