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Would you like to be an Institute for Government intern?

Find out more about the IfG’s internship programme and the application process in this special advice session and Q&A.

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Do you ever wonder how major policy decisions are made in government? Are you curious about what could be done to improve the state of public services? Would you like to know more about the people and procedures behind the big events in Parliament? Do you want to learn more about public finances, public bodies or devolution? And have you been thinking about how a general election might impact how government works?

The Institute for Government’s 12-month paid graduate internship programme is an outstanding opportunity to join our team and make a real contribution to our work in making government more effective. IfG interns are involved with our busy programme of research projects, help to put together publications and run our popular events. At the same time they gain valuable experience and practical skills which are of real value for careers in a variety of sectors.

Former interns have moved into roles at other think tanks, joined the civil service, started postgraduate study, or begun working for political parties, consultancy firms, media organisations or charities.

Applications for our 2023-2024 research internship programme are now open. Find out more and apply here. 

At this online information session, current interns from across the Institute for Government’s research teams reflected on their experience. They spoke about the type of projects you could be involved with as an intern, discussed what it is like working at a think tank and at the Institute for Government, and shared some tips and advice for the application process, and answered questions. 

At the IfG, we’re committed to supporting greater diversity and inclusion within our workforce, and to fostering an environment in which everyone feels welcome, supported and valued.

We welcome applications from anyone who is interested in government and how to make it more effective, and particularly encourage those who belong to groups currently underrepresented in the think-tank sector to apply. This includes but is not limited to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, disabled candidates, and candidates from low-income backgrounds.


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