Campaigns & Policy Intern

Full time, 3 months, London Living Wage.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 3rd September.

Unlock Democracy campaigns for a vibrant, inclusive democracy that puts power in the hands of the people. We are a grassroots organisation, owned and run by our members. We are seeking an enthusiastic graduate with a passion for politics and familiarity with the UK political environment to join our team.

The successful candidate will have good research and writing skills to assist with the important task of developing our policies. As part of the role you will undertake research on a wide range of policy areas relating to our campaigns. This is a particularly exciting time to join our team, as our ‘Democratic Brexit’ campaign is swinging into full motion. We want to grow as a campaigning force and you will contribute by helping us to build a strong evidence and policy base so we can fulfill that mission.

You will get the chance to develop a wide range of skills, and as part of a small and agile team you will also have the opportunity to support the development of our campaigns and membership. If you have some policy and research experience and a passion for political change then we would love to hear from you.


As the Campaigns & Policy Intern, you will:

  • Undertake desk research in a wide range of policy areas, which will include analysing reports, government white papers, and debates in parliament
  • Produce clear and concise briefings
  • Write blogs for Unlock Democracy’s website
  • Lead on daily media and political monitoring
  • Support our engagement with parliamentarians, including updating our database of political contacts, profiling MPs and peers, and organising meetings
  • Create campaigns related content, such as website copy, supporter emails, and social media posts
  • Support on some administrative tasks, including data entry and responding to supporter and members’ queries


All candidates will be recent graduates with some experience of policy and research (quantitative research skills are not required for this role). This experience doesn’t need to come from paid work, and can be from voluntary experience. Some experience of using social media and blogging would also be welcomed, but isn't essential.

You must also:

  • Passionate about politics and the aims and values of Unlock Democracy
  • Excellent research and writing skills, with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy in your written work
  • Experience of writing for a variety of audiences
  • Experience of analysing research and / or policy documents and providing summaries
  • Familiarity with the UK political environment and processes
  • Knowledge of constitutional and democratic reform issues would be a help but is not essential
  • Strong communication skills, with a good telephone manner being beneficial
  • Experience of using social media, including ability to produce visual content
  • Proactive and independent worker, who can meet deadlines and prioritise tasks as well as mucking in to help the team
  • Comfortable using IT (particularly Excel and Word) and able to learn new skills quickly


To apply, download and complete the application form and send it to along with our diversity monitoring form. We will not accept CVs or covering letters.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 3rd September.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 11th September.

When completing your application please also refer to our guidance notes.