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Crest Advisory are offering six-month paid internships to bright, committed individuals



Equality, diversity and inclusion

Crest offers an internship programme for bright, committed individuals who have an interest in crime and justice and who want to learn more about the sector. Crest is an equal opportunities employer - we aim to offer opportunities to those currently underrepresented in crime and justice policy, so we are keen to hear from disabled people, ethnically diverse people and people from lower socio-economic groups.

Who we are

We’re a purpose-driven team of experts dedicated to improving justice, policing and public safety.

We do this through:

  • Our in-house think tank which does the hard thinking on crime and justice reform, publishing robust and independent research in timely, accessible reports.

  • Our consulting practice which quantifies complex problems, devises strategies and transforms services for clients across policing, the criminal justice system, and local or central government.

  • Our inquiries and reviews practice which provides specialist support to public inquiries and independent reviews examining incidents and issues across justice, public safety, health and social care, sport and other sectors.

Our team identifies and helps solve complex problems arising from crime, vulnerability and other social harms. We’re subject matter experts, and many of us have previously worked at the organisations and in the sectors we now serve. We bring expertise, real-world experience and a powerful sense of purpose to our mission - to make communities safer.

What we are looking for

The internship would suit someone who wants to gain experience working across our practices - insights, consulting and inquiries/reviews. All internships involve a range of qualitative and quantitative research and analysis and communications skills, however we take a person-centred approach and will lean on your strengths, and help develop those areas you are interested in. 

The internship would suit someone who:

  • Is looking to start their career in crime and justice policy research, consultancy and/or communications

  • Enjoys working in a fun and fast paced environment

  • Is keen to work hard

  • Someone who has a strong interest in crime and justice

Am I eligible to apply?

  • You must be over 18 years old or over at the time the internship starts. There is no upper age limit

  • You’ll need to have grade C (4) or above in Maths and English GCSE

  • Our internship welcomes applications from school leavers and people who do not have a degree

Day-to-day responsibilities

You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks and projects at Crest, supported by your line manager, colleagues and project teams. Below are example tasks that you could contribute to during the internship:

  • The development of presentation decks for projects

  • Conducting analysis and visualisations (e.g. graphs) of datasets 

  • Managing relationships and communications with various stakeholders

  • Supporting with literature reviews and conducting research

  • Understanding project objectives and designing surveys to collect data for research purposes

  • Drafting (with colleagues) high-quality briefings and/or materials for publication such as reports or blogs

  • Support teams with ongoing operations, administration, and team-building activities

Why work for us

  • London Living Wage (£13.15/hour, £27,352 pro rata up to 40 hours a week. Flexible working patterns will be considered)

  • 25 days annual leave pro rata + bank holidays

  • Interesting projects with exposure to high-profile crime and justice issues

  • Support from day 1 to build your understanding of the crime and justice space

  • Regular feedback and mentoring from senior policy professionals

  • Learning and development opportunities including training courses to build technical and business skills

  • Diverse and inclusive culture: you’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs

Permanent opportunities

On completion of the internship there are often opportunities for permanent roles, depending on business needs. Crest is committed to creating permanent opportunities and supporting development of staff internally. 30% of all current permanent staff at Crest joined via an internship in the last 4 years and are now in various roles throughout the organisation. 

James joined as an Intern in August 2019 and is now a Senior Manager overseeing projects such as leading an assessment of police force areas’ readiness to deliver the Serious Violence Duty, and evaluations of Violence Reduction Units’ response to serious violence. 

Nishat joined as an Intern in October 2020 and is now a Senior Analyst, designing complex analysis on the night time economy, and serious violence in England and Wales, also supporting the analytical skill development of others in the team. 

Issy joined as an Intern in September 2022 and is now an Analyst working on an analysis of youth justice services in the UK, and an evaluation of a digital evidence sharing pilot.

How to apply

We don’t want to see a CV. Please apply via this Google Forms link as well as sharing a short blog (max 500 words) or a video submission (up to 5 minutes in length) reflecting on the findings from the Crime Survey in England and Wales: year ending December 2023. More details are available in the link above. 

Please also write a skills summary in bullet points (max 200 words), highlighting your abilities in and experience demonstrating skills of relevance to the work of Crest. The day-to-day responsibilities highlight the skills we are hoping to see - these include:

  • Verbal and written communication skills

    • Verbal e.g. experience working as part of a team or presenting to other people

    • Written e.g. writing emails, completing an essay, or presenting research you have completed in written form

  • Attention to detail e.g. proofreading your written work or the work of others

  • Organisation skills and ability to prioritise tasks e.g. planning events, managing different demands on your time (for example working whilst doing coursework/exams)

  • An understanding of and a passion for Crest Advisory's remit

  • Confirm you have Maths & English GCSE Grade C (4) or above (with detail of any further study if relevant)

  • A keen interest in working with people and creating working environments where individuals thrive

  • Ability to deal with confidential information and to approach situations with sensitivity and diplomacy

  • A ‘can do’ attitude with a problem-solving approach

Alternative application formats

We are committed to making the application process accessible. If you would like to discuss suggestions for alternative formats, or have any questions about the recruitment process in general please contact us at 

Note that all applications will be anonymised before being processed.

The deadline for applications is Monday 15th July at 9am. Applications will be short-listed between 15th-19th July, with interviews w/c 22st July. Start dates will be flexible August-early September. We look forward to hearing from you.

Equal opportunity monitoring

Crest Advisory is committed to the development of positive policies to promote equal opportunity in employment. Crest therefore encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability, trade union membership or non-membership, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, gender identity and expression, marriage/civil partnership, age, record of arrest or conviction, or family responsibility. We particularly invite those individuals with lived experience of crime or the criminal justice system to apply. 

To ensure that our equal opportunity policy is effective, we carry out monitoring of job applicants.  Monitoring is recommended by; the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Confederation of British Industry. The selection process for our positions focuses only on your ability and potential for the job. Any equal opportunity monitoring information provided will be kept completely separate from your role application and will be used to compile anonymous statistical information only. 

Should you not wish to answer these questions you are able to skip them using the next button on the application form to progress through to the role application. 


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