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The CPS is one of the UK's leading free-market think-tanks, founded in 1974 by Margaret Thatcher and Sir Keith Joseph. The Centre exists to promote the principles of free markets and a free society. It also operates the CapX website, which acts as a platform for the best thinking on politics and economics.

The Centre for Policy Studies offers a range of  internships to support its operations, events, and research activities. 

The closing date should be taken as a guide as the CPS will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis. We may appoint before the closing date if a suitable candidate is found. Due to expected high level of applications we may only be able to contact shortlisted candidates. 

Research Internship - SUMMER 2018

The Centre for Policy Studies internship programme is taking applications for Research Interns throughout the 2018 summer period. These internships are paid at the minimum wage and usually last for four weeks.

We are aiming to recruit interns for the following dates (inclusive):

  • 16 April to 25 May
  • 28 May to 22 June
  • 25 June to 20 July
  • 23 July to 24 August
  • 28 August to 21 September

The primary role on the research interns will be to support the Senior and Junior researchers in researching and drafting our regular publications, reports, and pamphlets. Interns can also expect to support the work of the events and fundraising teams, as well as provide support at CPS-hosted events that might take place during the intern’s time with the CPS and provide administrative support where required.

Duties will include:

  • analysing data
  • undertaking research into a variety of areas of public policy
  • creating briefing notes for Senior and Junior researchers
  • administrative duties, e.g. answering the telephone, as required
  • assisting with the wider work of the CPS

We encourage research interns to develop their knowledge in their areas of interest and interns regularly contribute to the CPS blog and CapX website.

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • An interest in British politics and policy
  • An interest in/understanding of economics
  • Experience of quantitative research
  • Good communication, writing, and research skills
  • A positive attitude and strong attention to detail
  • An understanding of/sympathy to free-market economics

Closing Date: 13 April 2018.

Application Details: Please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] with the words “RESEARCH INTERNSHIP” in the subject line. Applications should be marked for the attention of Emma Revell. Please make clear in your cover letter which date(s) you are applying for.

The Centre for Policy Studies provides a wonderfully intimate experience, as interns build strong relationships with people at all levels of the organisation.  Interns are fully immersed in a uniquely research focused environment which provides opportunities for them to take on responsibility and express their views.   Unlike other think tanks, an intern’s time day-to-day is devoted to high quality research and the promotion of innovative ideas.  This forms a brilliant learning environment for intelligent young people to strive toward building a more liberated world.

 - James Walker, Economic Research Intern Summer 2017, from Perth, Australia

(James' internship was supported by the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation)

Interning with the Centre for Policy Studies was a truly enriching experience. The internship provided me with an essential introduction to the working of the think tank sector. The support and guidance provided by the people of the organisation helped me to develop my research and analysis skills. Working at CPS was a unique opportunity, especially since I had the chance to work on projects which looked at diverse, pertinent policy issues ranging from the university tuition fees to the impact of artificial intelligence on the UK’s labour market. The opportunity to do independent research on subjects of interest and to contribute to the organisation through blogs helped me develop my critical thinking and written communication skills. What made the internship truly worthwhile for me were the people at the organisation who were all friendly, encouraging and approachable. I would recommend working with this organisation to anyone who is keen on learning more about the sector and is interested in working in the field of policy and policy research.

 - Shruti Dayal, Economic Research Intern Summer 2017 and University of Warwick graduate