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Internships

The Centre for Policy Studies is delighted to support the careers of people interested in learning more about think tanks through our paid internship programme.

The majority of our internships are for Research Interns, who work closely with all staff and departments but primarily focus their work with our in-house research team and policy heads. To ensure interns get a good, all-round experience and maximise their time with us, our Research Internships last for six months and usually begin in April and October. 

From time to time, other departments may advertise internships for shorter periods, according to need.

There are no current internship vacancies at the Centre for Policy Studies. We are not able to keep speculative applications on file so please check this page and our social media accounts for advertised vacancies before applying.


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