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The Centre for Policy Studies offers a range of unpaid internships to support its operations, events, and research activities. As these roles are unpaid, there is flexibility in the length of the internship and working arrangements. 

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. 

Operations Internship

The Centre for Policy Studies is offering an unpaid internship to support its operations and events.

We require an enthusiastic and committed Operations Intern. Interns will fulfil a range of roles, gaining an in-depth insight into the workings of the organisation. As part of the team, you will play a vital role in ensuring that our high-profile events programme is prepared and executed to a high standard.

Duties will include: helping to organise events and conferences, identifying and researching potential supporters, and assisting with event management. We have a major project under way on China-Britain relations, so a knowledge of this area would be a significant advantage.

The ideal intern would have: 
• An interest in politics and policy
• An interest in/understanding of fundraising and event management 
• Good communication, writing and research skills
• An interest in China and China-Britain relations
• A positive attitude and strong attention to detail

Closing Date: 4 March 2018

Application Details: Please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] with the words “OPERATIONS INTERNSHIP” in the subject line. Applications should be marked for the attention of Declan Pang.

Please note internships for Summer 2018 (May to September) will be advertised in March.

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