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Theos Internships: Research Assistant

  • Role

    Research Assistant

  • Time Period

    6 Months

  • Hours

    37.5 Hours Per Week

  • Location


  • Pay

    London Living Wage

Theos offers 6 month long, full time, paid internships for a Research Assistant, based at our Westminster offices. Research Assistants help the Theos team with current research projects – writing, editing and analysing data, sometimes carrying out interviews, – and managing our social media output.

Research Assistants should have a relevant undergraduate degree and be able to demonstrate research experience (preferably both primary and secondary, including field work).

All applicants must have legal rights to work in the UK before they apply for the role. Please do not apply if you do not already have full legal rights to work here. Theos cannot offer sponsorship or any support for obtaining visas. Please note that we are also unable to provide accommodation or cover travel expenses. It is the responsibility of the Research Assistant to find and fund these.

We are now recruiting for internships starting February 2019.  Please email a CV and cover letter explaining your reasons for applying, by 10am on 13th December, to   Interviews will be on 9th January 2019.

We receive hundreds of applications every year and keep all CVs on file, but we cannot respond individually unless you have been shortlisted. 

See the full job description here.

What do past Research Assistants say?

‘Working at Theos has been formative, and the experience will go with me for the rest of my life. The work is subtle and stimulating and the team is incredibly talented and person–focused. The opportunity to support and contribute to Theos’ output – and work in such a team – is invaluable for anyone looking to experience the intersection of public discourse, journalism, and academia. I thoroughly recommend applying, and in any way developing a relationship with this fantastic organisation.’
— Joseph

‘Learning on the ground, discussing issues, meeting Theos connections, gaining exposure to ideas and issues I’d never considered – the experience gave language and reasoned perspectives to my intuitive feelings about the place of faith in society.’
— Gillian

‘I liked how helpful and supportive the team were in helping me get the most out of my internship.  It helped me see how many different ways practical elements of Christian theology are being applied in wider society and made me aware of lots of great initiatives.’
— Clare

‘The chance to write has been excellent. The internship is a good introduction to office life in a pleasant and supportive atmosphere.’
— Hannah

‘The responsibility given and autonomous ‘owning’ of projects/pieces is encouraged. This is really something that sets Theos apart from other organisations. I especially appreciated the convivial, ‘open’ feel to the office, where conversations can be had and ideas discussed freely across desks.  I’ve come to respect hugely the open–mindedness and balance with which Theos approaches highly contentious topics, ideas and news.’
– Henry

Where do Research Assistants go after leaving Theos?

Further study, academic research
Church of England
The Centre for Theology and Community
Catholic Parliamentary Internship
Bible Society
Environmental Activism

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