UCL European Institute


VACANCY: Research Intern (Brexit)

29 January 2020


The UCL European Institute is seeking to appoint a part-time Research Intern who will support our research programme and wider activities on Brexit. This will involve writing and commissioning blogs, contributing to larger research projects, assisting with event organisation and updating websites.

Location:London (flexible)
Contract Type:As and When
Hours:Part-time (10 hours per week, but will vary)
Salary:£11.12 / hour
Closes:14th February 2020

The European Institute is UCL's hub for research, collaboration and engagement on Europe. We exist to promote academic excellence in the study of Europe at UCL, working to provide a leading forum for intellectual debate and acting as liaison between the university and EU and UK policymaking communities. We offer a diverse programme of public events, provide expert analysis and commentary for media outlets and policymakers, coordinate and develop researcher networks, and support a wide range of researchers and Europe-focused research projects.

We have been highly active in commissioning and publishing research on Brexit, including videos, podcasts, blogs, policy briefings, research papers and books.  We also manage the UCL Brexit Hub and UCL Brexit Blog. The Research Intern would conduct ad hoc work to support all these activities. One particular early focus of the intern's work would be to support work on an academic workshop on Brexit taking place in the week of 9 March.

Person Specification


  • Strong undergraduate degree in relevant area, postgraduate experience preferred. 
  • Deep knowledge of European affairs and EU politics.
  • Deep knowledge of UK politics, policy and Brexit.
  • Experience conducting high quality research.  
  • Writing and/or copyediting experience.
  • Able to work flexibly and independently. 
  • Attentive to detail, organised, proactive and motivated.


  • Experience updating and editing websites. 
  • Experience with stakeholder mapping and engagement.
  • Experience with event organisation and logistics. 
  • Good knowledge of UCL departments and faculties. 
  • Understanding of the relationship between media and politics.
  • Fluent in at least one European language other than English.

Hours: approximately 10 hours per week, but this will vary from week to week depending on specific needs, projects and events. This is an As and When contract with flexible working patterns. The postholder will be required to work more hours in the first two months (February and March).

The postholder would start in mid/late February and work until August 2020. There is possibility for the renewal of contract at the end of this period.  

Pay: £11.12 / hour

To apply: please send a CV and a short cover letter to european.institute@ucl.ac.uk by Friday 14th February 2020 (23.59pm). We will be interviewing applicants on a rolling basis and early applications are welcome.