Internships

An internship at Chatham House offers an invaluable learning experience through a six-month placement in one of our teams.

Applications for 2023 internships are closed. 

Applications for 2024 internships will open later this year. We advertise internships on an annual basis. Keep an eye on this page for more information and application dates. For more information, eligibility criteria and application details, please see the section on how to apply.

A Chatham House internship is your chance to work with our community of world-leading policy experts and make lifelong connections. If you are passionate about international affairs and looking for a career in the sector, we want to hear from you.

Former interns have gone on to play instrumental roles in governments, NGOs, academic institutions, international organizations and think tanks.

Join us and learn about shaping policies, influencing debates and creating real change.

This internship is one of the best things that has happened in my life… it helped me to narrow down what I really want to do as a career.

Eliane De Sousa, Intern

Internships in numbers

What is involved?

Our internships last for six months, and we offer from 8-12 internships each year.

Interns benefit from direct involvement in projects across a wide range of topics, while supporting operations, events and social media engagement.
 
Working closely with a host team, you will enjoy dedicated development time and opportunities to improve skills like public speaking and event chairing. Your assigned mentor will support and guide you throughout the internship, suggesting training opportunities and helping you define your professional and career goals.

Benefits

As an intern you will enjoy access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • A London Living Wage;
  • A unique learning and development programme tailored to your personal goals;
  • Networking with commentators, researchers and international policy-makers;
  • Access to our eLibrary including over 2,000 journals;
  • Access to our events, online and at Chatham House;
  • Complimentary  membership (subject to a performance evaluation).

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Who can apply?

To apply for an internship you must be:

  • Residing in the UK;
  • In possession of the right to work in the UK, by the start of the internship programme;
  • Aged 18 or over;
  • Able to commit to a six month part-time or full-time internship.

Please note we are unable to sponsor visas for interns.

You can apply if you are a school leaver, still studying or a graduate. You do not have to have a degree or set experience to apply. We care about your passion, skills and potential.

We are committed to building diverse and inclusive teams to apply new ideas and fresh perspectives to our work. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

How to apply

Internships are listed as part of our current opportunities when applications are open.

You will be notified via email of the outcome of your application. It can take up to six weeks from the closing date for us to contact you. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. We will advise of any pre-interview preparation required. 

Please note we do not accept speculative applications or applications by email.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact our HR team

Supporters

Our current internship supporters include:

  • Pavel Molchanov
  • Chatham House Annual Fund

If you are interested in supporting an internship please contact the Academy team.