Internships

Summer Internships

Every year the IEA has 50 interns during the summer months, split into two groups who stay with us for 5 weeks each. We have had interns from all around the world who relocate to Westminster for our fun packed educational programme. It consists of lectures, seminars, debates, discussions, and of course beer and pizza nights! They also receive a tour of Parliament, and meet with MPs and Lords. During their time with us they all individually produce a supervised research project, chosen by themselves, and mentored by one of the senior research staff here at the IEA. Research topics have ranged from the effect of micro financing in Bangladesh on women to the role of merchant jurors in the adjudication of 18th century commercial disputes. So quite a broad range of topics! 

If you are interested in ideas and debate then this is the internship for you. Our previous interns have ranged from gap year students to recent graduates, but the thing they all have in common is a good attitude and the ability to have an intellectual discussion.

In 2015 you can participate between Monday 6th July to Friday 7th August or Monday 10th August to Friday 11th September.

Anyone wishing to apply for a summer internship should send an up-to-date CV and a short letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you would like an internship and your research topic interests to gtucker@iea.org.uk

Please also indicate which dates are best suited for you. 

Please note that our internships are unpaid. 

 
Operations internships
The IEA is often on the lookout for hard-working, committed individuals to take part in a full-time operational internship. This internship, which is made up of both operational and research tasks, is a full-time position over two months, working at the IEA offices in Westminster.
Tasks the successful candidate would be expected to carry out include:

  • Office support – such as manning the front desk, filing and helping process mailings;
  • Research support for IEA staff as required – including drafting speeches, research for articles and database support;
  • Blogging – you would have the opportunity to write for the IEA blog.

Candidates are expected to be hard-working team players with good knowledge of Microsoft Office. Candidates with strong free-market and liberal principles will be preferred.
 
To apply for an Operations Internship please email Clare Rusbridge.
 
General Academic Internships
 
These are for those who are interested in helping with the work of the IEA and gaining experience of work in a think tank while pursuing an academic research project of some kind, possibly with a publication in mind. Anyone who would like to undertake an academic internship but is unable to apply for the Summer programme can apply at any time for an unpaid internship that will run for an agreed period of time outside the Summer months. You will receive academic support and be able to attend the regular events held at the IEA but there will not be a dedicated programme of lectures as in the Summer.
 
Anyone wishing to apply for a summer internship should send an up-to-date CV and a short letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you would like an internship and your research topic interests to gtucker@iea.org.uk 
 

Sixth Form Internships

This is a dedicated week of work experience for up to 25 sixth formers during 22nd-26th June 2015. They will hear interesting lectures, take part in discussions with expert economists, visit Parliament, hear from people from academia, politics, and the Treasury about career opportunities, and much more. Then at the end of the week will take part in a debate with fellow sixth formers.

 

Anyone wishing to apply for a sixth form internship should send an up-to-date CV and a short letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you would like an internship to gtucker@iea.org.uk 

 
Whatever kind of internship you undertake you will be a part of the IEA family and be able to take part in the activities put on by the Institute. Interns also remain a strong part of the IEA network as alumni.

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