The CPS is one of the UK’s oldest and most influential 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.



We are always on the lookout for talented young people with a clear affinity for our values and aims, and who show a genuine interest in our core policy areas. We therefore welcome internship applications from university students, gap year students and recent graduates on a running basis.

If you are interested in interning at the CPS, please email your application to: [email protected]

Please ensure that your CV is no longer than two pages and that you state your availability in your cover letter. You should also provide 600-800 words in answer to one of the following questions:

  1. How can tax reform boost economic growth?
  2. Is an ageing population the UK’s most intractable policy challenge?
  3. What can the government do to fix Britain’s housing market?

We pay successful applicants according to national minimum wage rates and we would ideally like you to spend between four and twelve weeks with us.

The goal of this internship is for you to gain an understanding of the workings of a think tank while developing and expanding your skill set; and for us to benefit from your diligence and enthusiasm in completing a variety of tasks.

Your responsibilities may include: assisting on research papers, collating and analysing data, contributing articles to CapX, helping out at events and assisting the operations team.

Our internship programme is highly competitive and we receive a high volume of applications. We regret that we are therefore unable to respond to unsuccessful candidates.