Vacancies and internships 

Research Assistant

Salary: 25K pa, depending on skills and experience

Full time post (applications to work part time will be considered)

Fixed term contract: December 2016 - December 2018

Closing date: 28 October 2016 

We are seeking a research assistant to help deliver a 22 month project focused on the policing of fraud. Candidates should have a post-graduate qualification or equivalent research experience and be familiar with analysing quantitative and qualitative data. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to other projects on UK policing policy and practice, as well as on wider crime reduction issues.

Job description (PDF)

Application form (Word)

Equal opportunities monitoring form (Word)

The Internship Programme

Are you a recent graduate or postgraduate (or with equivalent experience) and have a specific interest in policing and criminal justice? If so, you may be interested in our internship programme.

Through our programme we aim to provide interns with an insight into the world of an independent think tank. Interns will assist Police Foundation staff by undertaking a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Assisting with policy influencing work (e.g. responding to consultations or summarising policy developments)
  • Writing up meeting/conference/seminar notes
  • Conducting literature reviews and web-based research
  • Assisting with the organisation of events
  • Monitoring the news and/or social media to inform current policy work
  • Administrative tasks

Interns will be paid the London Living Wage for the duration of their internship. 

We can only take one intern at a time. Internships will usually run for a minimum of 12 weeks and for a minimum of three days a week, although we are willing to consider other arrangements for exceptional candidates. We do not currently have a vacancy, however candidates are welcome to apply at any time if they wish to be considered for a future post. Applicants should complete the application form below and return it together with a copy of their CV.

Find out more

Application form

Equal opportunities monitoring form

Any questions? Contact Sue Roberts on 020 3752 5630 or email us


"The Police Foundation’s internship provided me with an invaluable opportunity to gain experience working in a think tank. I applied for the position coming out of a masters in philosophy and public policy, and I was able to both participate as an important member of a research team and also engage in my own research project that combined my interests in philosophy and criminology. The Police Foundation was very flexible, and really aimed to ensure that I was given an excellent learning opportunity. I believe that the experience I gained in the organisation will be a valuable asset in my future career."

Ryan Workman

"I graduated from Manchester University in the summer of 2013 and began my internship with the Police Foundation in October. I found the experience both challenging and rewarding and thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Foundation. I applied what I learnt whilst at university as well as developing new skills through contributing to a number of different research projects spanning from policy to practice. I also had the opportunity to attend high profile events such as the Foundation’s Annual Conference and the Oxford Policing Policy Forum.

Following my three month internship I was given the opportunity to stay on as an Assistant Researcher. This was extremely gratifying and gave me the chance to develop the skills I had learnt and take on greater responsibility within the organisation. As part of my new role, I was given the chance to respond to a Home Affairs Committee enquiry on behalf of the Foundation and write a briefing on Mental Health and Policing, a project which I have thoroughly enjoyed and has become quite dear to my heart.

My time with the Police Foundation has been invaluable and has helped me to secure a position at Victim Support, where I worked as an Anti-Social Behaviour Caseworker, and on the inaugural cohort of Frontline, a fast-track, graduate programme for Children’s Social Work."

Rachel Haynes

"As a recent graduate, an internship with the Police Foundation was the perfect opportunity for me to gain work experience and develop my understanding of the criminal justice system in a practical setting. The Foundation's internship programme provided numerous opportunities to contribute to different tasks and learn new skills. My main role during my internship was to produce a briefing paper on migrant communities and the police. I was also able to contribute to a number of other projects including doing background research for the organisation's response to a government consultation on public order, conducting literature reviews into organised crime and the riots and representing the Foundation at numerous conferences and events. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Foundation. The experience has been more valuable than I had expected, with the experience and skills I gained allowing me to successfully compete in a competitive job market."

Andrew Wright

"As a criminology and sociology student the opportunity to apply my knowledge through working at the Police Foundation was amazing. My work consisted of writing briefings, assisting with independent research and providing administrative support for both the director and the senior researcher. My experience at the Foundation was thoroughly enriching and without it I doubt that I would have been able to secure employment in one of the most challenging job markets in decades. I am now preparing to start a career as a probation officer."

Michael Hagan