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Project Research Officers (Interns) - Government Office for Science

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 2 July 2018 - 15 July 2018

About the job

The Government Office for Science (GOS) is looking for enthusiastic and talented individuals to join our team as graduate interns. GOS interns work on a wide range of important, high-profile science and policy issues, and play an essential role in helping GOS to meet its objectives.

Number of posts 17
Salary £25,550 - £30,411
Grade Executive Officer
Contract type Internship
Length of employment 6 Months
Business area Business and Science - Government Office for Science
Type of role Policy/Science
Working pattern Full-time
Location City of Westminster, London, SW1H 0ET

GOS supports the Government Chief Scientific Adviser to ensure that government policies and decisions are informed by the best possible evidence and advice. These internships provide an excellent opportunity to play a key role in diverse, fast-moving, and collaborative work across government.

Interns will gain experience and understanding of working in the Civil Service and how scientific evidence supports decision making in government. Previous interns have found jobs across the Civil Service (including within GOS); in the private sector; and in organisations such as the Royal Society following their internships. Interns may have the opportunity to work flexibly between teams, as the departments' work and priorities develop quickly. These positions are fixed-term, full-time appointments for a period of six months, with the possibility of extension. Flexible working arrangements will be available with line manager approval.

Staff are encouraged to take advantage of developmental and mentoring schemes, as well as five learning and development days and three volunteering days annually.

Key responsibilities

GOS interns have the opportunity to lead on diverse pieces of work to support teams in meeting their objectives, and carry out a variety of activities, including:

  • High quality desk research, including taking responsibility for identifying novel and cutting-edge evidence
  • Communicating and connecting with a range of stakeholders, including senior civil servants; the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Scientific Advisers in other government departments; the academic research community; NGOs; private businesses and think tanks
  • Collecting and analysing data and information and presenting this in impactful ways; using both written documents/visual techniques and verbally
  • Rapidly responding to urgent requests on high profile issues and working flexibly across teams on priorities that may change at short notice
  • Helping to arrange and prepare papers for meetings (including those of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser), ensuring the key conclusions of those meetings are captured and followed up, and providing general support for colleagues at busy times.

About BEIS

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is a new department at the heart of the government’s agenda, with a vision of an economy that works for everyone. We are responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government’s relationship with business; we work to tackle climate change and ensure that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. Our role is vital to lead the government’s vision in a context of momentous change, responding to both the short-term domestic impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and working to define the next stage.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

Please visit GOV.UK: Project Research Officers (Interns) - Government Office for Science for more information.


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