Intern opportunity: research assistant

Corsham Institute (Ci) is a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to empower people and build trust in our technology-driven world.

We undertake a variety of work, from community and education and training projects to high-profile research and thought leadership.For example, we are currently working with the Corsham community on a project focused on digital rights and responsibilities ahead of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); and planning a programme of work with multiple partners to explore what the Government’s Digital Charter should mean for individuals. You can read more about our current activities and some of our recent blogs here.  

Following the successful launch of our intern programme in January 2018, we are now looking for more enthusiastic people with an interest in all things digital who might be interested in joining our team for six months as a paid intern. We have one immediate vacancy to fill, reporting to the Director of Policy and Advocacy and working across a number of current projects, including supporting our successful Countering Violent Extremism programme (more here). We are also looking for suitable candidates to start later in the year in one or possibly two other roles. All roles will require candidates who have a background in research or policy, a demonstrable interest in the world of technology and its impact on society, and who can develop high quality analysis and evidence to support our priority projects.


The role

Reporting into a member of the Ci Senior Leadership team, Ci interns support research, analysis and evidence-gathering across our programmes of work and develop Ci contributions to policy debates on digital technologies and society. 

You will be responsible for:

  • Providing desk research support across our programmes and projects, including preparing factual material for policy position papers
  • Compiling and managing current evidence and reference sources, and distilling the most important facts for our work
  • Providing background research around policy issues and research opportunities relevant to Ci’s activities
  • Helping to prepare evidence submissions for select committees, government consultations, etc.
  • Monitoring reports and publications on digital issues to identify new angles or to commission content and potential contributors for our Observatory for a Connected Society (see more here)
  • Scanning events to identify opportunities for the Ci team to attend and speak


  • Able to read and synthesise large amounts of information quickly
  • Demonstrated interest in technology policy and/or education and skills delivery
  • Great personal communication and particularly strong writing skills
  • Experience in different research methods and processes
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office, Slack
  • Committed to the values and goals of Ci
  • Organised, with excellent presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Enthused by challenges, motivated to solve problems and adapt to a changing environment
  • Independent, willing to take the initiative

Ci is based in Corsham, Wiltshire, and Central London. Our interns are based in our London office, near Old Street, where the Director of Policy is primarily based. The posts are offered for 6 months, part time (25 hours per week). The successful applicant will receive the London Living Wage of £10.20 per hour. Some travel to Corsham will be expected, and costs for this will be reimbursed.


About Ci 

At Ci, we want everyone to benefit from the opportunities technology brings, while being empowered to understand and manage the risks.

We work directly with people and communities to build trust and confidence in the technology and data-driven services they use every day. We inform, educate and communicate, putting digital capability and awareness at the heart of lifelong learning so that everyone can keep up with, and benefit from, technological advances. We test our thinking and pilot new approaches through our community-based programmes.

We use the insight, research and evidence from our programmes to advocate on behalf of individuals and communities. We provide thought leadership and tested, practical solutions to influence policymakers, businesses and service providers on the importance of building public trust in technology and data. We work with them to put the citizen at the heart of ethical, transparent decisions about the application of technology, the underlying infrastructure and the design of data-driven services.


To Apply

To apply, please get in touch with Maeve Walsh, Director of Policy and Advocacy, via by 5pm on Friday 11 May. Please include: 

  • a CV
  • a covering letter outlining your experience and your suitability for the role. Please indicate when you would be available to start at Ci, if successful in your application. 
  • a statement of no more than 500 words on why Ci’s work is important to you.