Vacancies and internships
The Internship Programme
Are you a recent graduate or postgraduate with 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
We acknowledge the valuable contribution that interns make to our work and are committed to providing them with a range of work experiences. While the Foundation is unable to pay interns, we do cover their work-related travel expenses and provide an additional daily allowance to cover transport costs (within London).
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.
Any questions? Contact Sue Roberts on 020 7582 3744 or firstname.lastname@example.org
"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, Intern Sept 2009 - Mar 2010
"My role has consisted of assisting in a variety of research projects, mainly around the area of youth crime. The work itself has been very interesting and enlightening. Discovering the difference between what the statistics say and the public perception of youth crime was particularly affecting, especially in shedding new light on the media's role as an agitator of the situation. The most enjoyable aspect of my intership has been two visits I made. The first was to Huntercombe Young Offenders Institution, where we met the staff and a group of offenders and were shown around the prison. This was definitely a great learning experience. The second was to Manchester, which had the biggest effect on me. We met a number of young men who had now moved away from a life of serious crime, despite living in very compromising circumstances. Their passion to change youth crime policy was very moving. We also met a mother whose story of her young son, who had been heavily involved in gang-related activities, was very powerful and a youth worker whose brother was one of the most notorious gangsters in Manchester. I have really enjoyed my time here at the Police Foundation. I have learnt a lot and experienced much more than I thought I would. The staff have also been so welcoming and I thank them for their kindness.
Andrew Morris, Intern July 2009