Internship programme

The Institute for Government regularly runs a paid internship programme on a six-month recruitment cycle. We take on a new group of interns to join our Research and Learning team every spring and autumn. Vacancies are advertised here.

Interns are treated as full members of staff and are encouraged to get involved in a wide range of social and professional activities at the Institute for Government. Interns are usually allocated to work on one or two research projects, with a single named line manager as well as a researcher ‘buddy’ to provide more informal support and advice.

The precise nature of internships varies according to the needs of projects, but past interns have found themselves carrying out literature reviews, conducting interviews with MPs and civil servants, organising events, undertaking statistical analysis and co-authoring reports, blogs and other publications. Interns also help out with other organisational and administrative tasks.

In return, we provide the opportunity for excellent experience in a well-respected institution at the heart of Westminster with close connections to government and all the major political parties. Past interns have gone on to work in the civil service, Parliament, other think tanks, polling companies and elsewhere.

Comments from past interns