Chatham House open day 2021

Join our fun, interactive event for the chance to meet world-leading experts on international affairs and learn about careers in the charity and not-for-profit sector.

Special event
21 April 2021 — 4:00PM TO 6:30PM


Chatham House is a world famous think tank. Our ideas help answer the big questions that are shaping our world, addressing issues like climate change, fake news and conflict. 

Who can attend?

Our Virtual Open Day is open to all students. It’s a fantastic opportunity if you’re studying topics like politics, international relations, international security, history or economics.

Students will be able to interact with world-leading experts on international affairs and gain an insight into careers within charity and not-for-profit sector as a whole.

The experience - what’s involved?

  • Expand your knowledge of key issues in international affairs;

  • Learn what a policy institute (or ‘think tank’) is and what it’s like to work in one;

  • Meet the researchers and hear about their career paths;

  • Find out about internship opportunities and how to apply;

  • Find out how you can stay in touch with Chatham House and our activities.


Wednesday 21 April (BST)

Welcome and opening remarks


Session 1: The world in 2021: Global trends shaping the world

The world after COVID-19 is unlikely to return to the world that was. As history has shown, choices made during crises can shape the world for decades to come. What will remain critical is the need for collective action to build economies that deliver inclusive economic growth, prosperity, and safety for all.

  • What are the trends that will shape the next normal?

  • How will they affect the direction of the global economy and recovery?

  • How will businesses adjust and societies thrive?

  • The world after COVID-19 must be more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.




Session 2: Career insights from Chatham House

Chatham House staff members will share their personal insights into day-to-day think tank life and career pathways. From thinking about big policy issues, producing cutting-edge research and analysis, influencing policy makers to fundraising through our membership and other external relations activities, this session will give you a taster of what working in a think tank is actually like.

  • What is it really like to work at Chatham House?

  • How do you get your foot in the door and how do you succeed once you are through?




Session 3: Jobs, fellowship and internship opportunities: Developing skills for the future

You will have the opportunity to engage with the HR team and ask questions about upcoming opportunities.

  • Are you interested in gaining some work experience as an intern?

  • Are you planning your next career move?

  • Internship vs entry-level position: what are the expectations?

  • How can you maximize your transferrable skills and how can you demonstrate them?

  • How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd?