Internship: Development Researcher (closed)

Internship: Development Researcher

  • 6-week placement
  • Pays London Living Wage (£10.55 per hour)
  • Starting September 2019

About the EEF

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement by improving the outcomes of 3-18 year-olds, particularly those facing disadvantage. Find out more at the EEF website.


The EEF supports schools, as well as early years and post-16 settings, by:

  • summarising the best available evidence in plain language for busy, time-poor teachers and senior leaders. Our Teaching and Learning Toolkit is now used by 70% of secondary schools.
  • generating new evidence of ‘what works’ to improve teaching and learning, funding independent evaluations of high-potential projects. We’ve tested over 200 high-potential programmes with over 1.3 million children and young people and our most promising programmes have enabled students to make +3 months of additional progress in a year.
  • supporting teachers and senior leaders across the country in using this evidence to achieve the maximum possible benefit for young people. We work in partnership with a network of 32 Research Schools across the country.

The EEF aims to work in partnership with other funders who share our commitment to offering the best possible educational opportunities to children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since 2011, over £30m has been gifted and pledged by a range of organisations to help extend the reach of work the EEF is funding. Find out more about our partnership work here.

The EEF is now undertaking a major new initiative to ensure that all schools are supported with access to the resources, training and support they need to improve teaching practice and pupil outcomes. This presents a fresh opportunity to engage new funders and re-engage existing partners. Find out more about our new initiative to support schools here.


This internship will help identify and prioritise potential co-funders to work in partnership with the EEF to increase the support we can provide to schools, particularly those serving areas of disadvantage. This is critical to the success of the EEF’s strategy to ensure more schools are able to apply evidence in ways which benefit their students. You will work closely with the Development Director, and in collaboration with other colleagues, to ensure we are exploring all opportunities, public and private, to grow our potential pool of partners.

Main tasks

  • Use a variety of sources to research, identify, and help prioritise potential co-funding prospects (both generally and in relation to specific funding opportunities), primarily trusts and foundations, corporates, and public bodies, as well as high net-worth individuals. This may include undertaking due diligence checks and producing research profiles.
  • Report on the EEF’s existing co-funder relationships, ensuring that our records are accurate and up-to-date, and that current key contacts (including decision makers such as trustees) and strategic priorities are recorded and all correct.
  • Support the Development Director in creating a data system which can be used to track progress with all potential co-funders and which integrates with the EEF’s communications systems.
  • Ensure understanding of and compliance with data protection, including GDPR, PECR and relevant fundraising legislation and guidelines
  • You may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required

Key skills-set

You should be able to:

  • investigate, analyze, and synthesize large quantities of data into a user-friendly and concise format
  • write well with an excellent eye for detail and experience of producing accurate written documents in a timely manner
  • use Excel/databases efficiently and effectively
  • work on your own initiative while managing internal relationships to a high standard
  • show a pro-active ‘can-do’ attitude and problem-solve effectively
  • take a tactful and ethical approach to fundraising tasks


Must be educated to A-level standard (or equivalent vocational experience in a relevant area).
Desirable: undergraduate degree (or equivalent vocational experience).

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and a one-side covering letter to outlining why you are interested in this position and how you meet the criteria above, drawing on specific examples.

Closing date: Monday 19 August

Recruitment timeline

Applications open Thursday 1 August to Monday 19 August 2019

Shortlisted interviews: Thursday 5 September (please keep this date free)

The EEF is committed to creating a diverse environment and ensuring that all qualified applicants receive equal consideration for employment.

Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor visas for applicants from outside of the EEA.

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