Internships Calendar for Social Sciences & Public Policy 2023-24

We’ve all been there. You start looking for internships and before you know it, two hours have passed, you went into some kind of internet vortex and you only found one relevant thing – and its deadline just passed!  

It’s no surprise that the thing which students most often ask Careers Consultants about is what kinds of internships / work experience they can apply for. This is definitely the case for students wanting to work in politics, policy and the public sector as work experience opportunities are not always as numerous or as well advertised as those in the financial, legal and technology sectors (which are the kinds of internships you’ll find if you look at the usual sites such as TargetJobs or Bright Network).   

To try to make it easier to access information about policy, politics, public sector work experience opportunities, your SSPP Careers team (Claire Bowey, Emma Knox, Fiona Richardson and Beckie Barlow), have compiled a list some UK and global internships below.   

The idea is that you can bookmark these dates in your calendars for the year ahead so you know when the deadlines are likely to be.    

Two things for you to be aware of:   

1. The list here is not comprehensive! There are many, many more internship programmes and work experience opportunities out there. Think of this resource as one part of your research. To maximise your chances you will need to cast your net wider than this. You could have a look at:   

2. This list is based on crowdsourced information – these schemes may not run at the same times (or at all) in 2023-24. You therefore need to take responsibility for checking individual sites.   

If you are an international student you will also need to check carefully the visa requirements for each programme. For further support on this talk to the Visa & International Student Advice team 


The PSC (Public Sector Consultants)  |  Summer internships 

London, UK Opens September 


Asia House Fellowship12 month research project for people who will be PGT/PGR graduates by Oct2024

For those interested in researching an issue driving change in Asia and Middle East  

Remote | Expected to open October, closes January  


Bank of England Internships (including first year internships), insight days  

London, UK  | Some opening in Autumn others throughout the year   


Summer Internship Programme, (SIP) UK government (Civil Service)6-8 week summer internship for students in their final 2 years of an undergraduate degree

Open to all, they encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds, and all interns qualify for a ‘Fast Pass’ to an accelerated route to graduate recruitment | Application window appears to be 12 October – 9 November (tbc) 


Early Diversity Internship Programme, UK government (Civil Service) | 1 week spring internship for first year undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds 

London, UK  | Application window appears to be 12 October – 9 November (tbc)


World Bank internship | For current PGT/PGR students who can undertake an internship as part of their course  

Global   | Application window 1-31 October for winter internship, 1 December – 31 January for summer internship  


Chatham House  (Policy think tank ) | 3 month internship  

London, UK  | Opens January   


Wellcome Collection (Charity focusing on advancement of science) Summer internship for UGs  

London, UK  | Opens Feb  


Institute for Government  (Think tank working with governments ) | 12 month graduate internship

London, UK  | Applications usually open March for September start  


Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) (An internal think tank which sits within the MoD focusing on defence and security related strategic issues) | 6-8 week paid post graduate internship 

Applications usually open February for a summer start 


Centre for Global Development | Part-time summer Internship Programme, US nationals  

USA, remote | Usually opens March   


Kings Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme | Summer internship  for UG students

London, UK (some fellowships offered remotely)  | Usually opens March, closes April 


NATO Parliamentary Assembly Research Programme | Research programme for PGT and PGR graduates 

Brussels, Belgium | Opens Spring  


King’s Parliamentary Research Internship  | 6-9 month part-time internship for PhDs/Postdocs  

Opens Summer, closes August  

Rolling deadlines

APCO WorldwidePublic Affairs / Strategic Communications Internships  

Global  | Various opportunities 


Black Sea Trade & Development Bank  | Various internship opportunities   



Baringa  (Consultancy ) | Summer internship and graduate internships  

UK & Europe  


CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies)European government think tank   

Brussels, Belgium  | Various positions  


Civitas (Civil society think tank ) | 3-6 month graduate internships  

London, UK 


EU traineeships 3-6 month internships for PGTs and PGRs  

Europe  | Various deadlines