Policy Research Assistant Intern (Voluntary).

Type: Volutary

Hours: Flexible

Location: Remote

Deadline: 4th February 2022

Policy Research Assistant Intern (Voluntary)

The Learning Foundation is a registered charity. The whole team work remotely from their homes around the UK. We run the Digital Poverty Alliance, launched in 2021, supported by Curry’s and the IET, which aims to end digital poverty in the UK. We are bringing together charities, corporates and government to address the underlying issues stopping families gaining full access to digital services such as education and health and safety.

We are seeking a Policy and Research Assistant volunteer to help us meet this aim. As this is a voluntary role there are no fixed hours or responsibilities. However, you will play a key role in the Foundation and its projects, and have the opportunity to be fully integrated within the team and attend team meetings if that works for you. In return for your time, we will give you the chance to learn new skills and to be coached by the COO and other senior staff members. It is a fantastic way to gain an insight and experience within a charity working with high profile partners, and looking to create meaningful social change. It is also a flexible role, for example around studies or other commitments.

The opportunity will include:

Policy research

  • Ad hoc policy research working with our CEO, COO, Strategy Director and others, including looking at the work of different government departments, helping locate the right contacts, and taking forward defined actions around policy mapping.
  • Note taking at policy meetings, analysing actions and proactively offering support.

Events and Communications

  • Assisting the team in arrangements for events, including those taking place at Parliament. These could include supporting speaker liaison, invitee lists, logistics and other elements.
  • Potentially supporting e-communications including sending newsletters, writing blogs, etc.


  • Ad hoc to support team with “overflow” of admin at busy times.

You will be working across the team, which uses agile methodology to ensure that everyone can contribute their best. What we most want to see is someone who will “get stuck in” and pitch in to support the team, and also be willing to bring their ideas – and not be afraid to share those. You will have weekly 1:1 meetings with the Chief Operating Officer.

This role will be home-based, but there might be opportunities to join meetings or events in London at times. This will not be essential, so if that won’t work for you, that’s not a problem. We are hoping for someone to start asap.

To apply please send your CV and a covering note to Elizabeth Anderson, Chief Operating Officer at elizabeth@digitalpovertyalliance.org by 4th February 2022.

We will be interviewing as applications come in, so may appoint before the closing date.