326. Behavioural Insights Team, London, England

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others. 

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) started life inside No. 10 Downing Street as the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences. We are now a social purpose company, still partly owned by the UK Government, whose mission is to help organisations to design policies or interventions that can encourage, support and enable people to make better choices for themselves and society.

BIT has undertaken a lot of work in public health. We have had a long-term partnership with Public Health England that has produced several randomized trials that have influenced policy and been published in peer-reviewed journals. We have been directly involved in shaping policies relating to mental health, obesity and electronic cigarettes.

Summer Project:

We would like the intern to support our work on public health issues. We anticipate these will include obesity, mental health, and antimicrobial resistance, although we cannot confirm these topics yet. The intern would support our work by looking at the literature on the factors the drive behavior in these domains. They would work with us to try to develop innovative yet feasible options that can influence behaviors through government action. 

Responsibilities:

  1. Conducting literature reviews
  2. Developing policy options
  3. Attending meetings with government officials and other experts

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Awareness of the basic principles underpinning behavioral economics and/or have some knowledge of health psychology
  • An interest in what BIT does and enthusiasm about the power of government to improve outcomes for society
  • An ability to work with deadlines and write accurate, accessible prose