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Intern – Policy

Reporting to: Principal – Policy
Team: Policy
Contract type: University Placement - Fixed Term for 12 months
Salary: £15000 per annum subject to review in line with future increases to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage
Location: Brighton
Closing date: 9 February 2020

About us

TPR is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional growing workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.

Our successful internship programme offers rewarding opportunities across key business areas. Whichever role you choose, your time at TPR help you stand out in a tough graduate employment market. You will have the chance to put your academic experience into practice and develop your skills, which will be invaluable for your return to university and the career you choose.


How can we help ensure people have the retirement they expect? Should employers pay more for their workers’ pensions, even if it means cutting into their profits? What does it mean to run a pension scheme well? If these sorts of questions interest you, then an internship with the Policy team might be for you.

The Policy team work with our internal experts, external stakeholders like the CBI and TUC, and government departments to:

  • understand the issues and the evidence base – what do pension schemes need to do better?
  • identify realistic options – what can we do to solve the problems?
  • influence government and the pensions industry to make changes to the law and do things differently

The role will help someone who is interested in the civil service as a career to build their understanding of policy-making and government


The Policy Intern will support other members of the team to deliver on current policy priorities. Responsibilities are likely to include:

  • research topics and write high-quality briefings for senior colleagues
  • input into policy development life cycle, helping to build an evidence base and/or develop policy options
  • support the design and delivery of workshops, consultation events and meetings with internal experts and external stakeholders
  • maintain robust team records and processes to ensure that policy papers and briefings are produced in a timely fashion and deadlines met
  • contribute towards the delivery of policy projects and provide logistical and administrative support for colleagues in the Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice Directorate

Essential Criteria

  • a student in penultimate year of study, or undertaking a degree requiring a year-long placement
  • someone studying government, politics or similar at HE level and/or
  • ability to find, assimilate and present complex information
  • provide support to turn ideas into real-life solutions
  • understanding of Data Protection Act/Freedom of Information principles
  • knowledge of standard Office IT software applications

Person specification

  • ability to prioritise and use initiative
  • communication skills at all levels
  • negotiation skills
  • attention to detail and accuracy
  • personable and a team player
  • excellent customer service

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £15,000, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements    
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

TPR is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BME) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email