Chatham House open day: Thinking about a career in a think-tank?

Join us at our open day event to find out what makes Chatham House a great place to work. You will discover more about the work we do, have the chance to ask questions and meet our diverse teams.

Special event, Webinar
18 January 2022 — 4:30PM TO 6:30PM

Interested in a career in a think-tank? We are now looking to recruit the next cohort of interns for the Molchanov Sustainability Internship Programme. This interactive event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the internship programme as well as discover more about the work we do and what it’s like to work at a world-leading think-tank. You will hear from our staff about their work and current and past interns will share insights about the internship programme, from the application process and interviews, to what a typical day in the life of an intern includes.

Who can attend?

We welcome all students and young professionals who are passionate about international affairs and social, economic and environmental sustainability and are seeking to learn more about what a career at a policy institute such as Chatham House looks like.

What’s involved?

  • Expand your knowledge of key issues in international affairs.
  • Discover more about Chatham House’s work.
  • Hear from staff and interns about what it’s like to work in a policy institute.
  • Find out about our internship programme and hear from current and past interns about their experience.
  • Learn how you can engage with Chatham House and our activities.


Tuesday 18 January (GMT)

Welcome and opening remarks

Alis Martin, Internships and Outreach Manager


Session 1: Discover more about Chatham House

Driven by our long-standing vision for a better world, Chatham House’s mission and values underpin three ambitious goals for our second century: sustainable and equitable growth, peaceful and thriving societies and accountable and inclusive governance.

We pursue our mission through dialogue, analysis and solutions-based ideas and by empowering the next generation to build a better world. This session will provide more insights about Chatham House and our work.

George Berry, Intern, International Security Programme

Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, Conflict, Science and Transformation; Director, International Security Programme 




Session 2: Thinking about a career in a think-tank?

Our research is global and our researchers tackle a range of specific topics and issues within international affairs. We are now looking to recruit the next cohort of interns to join us in the spring.

Interns benefit from direct involvement in projects across a wide range of topics, while supporting operations, events and social media engagement. This session will provide an opportunity to discover more about the work we do as well as meet the teams you could join if you choose to embark on a career with us.

Chanu Peiris, Assistant Director, International Law Programme

Alice Billon-Galland, Research Fellow, Europe Programme
Cynthia Liao, Schwarzman Academy Fellow, Africa Programme
Ghassan Essalehi, Communications Manager, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Henry Throp, Research Assistant, Sustainability Accelerator






Session 3: In conversation with Chatham House interns

In our final session, Alis Martin will chair a conversation with the current cohort of Chatham House interns.

They will discuss what an internship at Chatham House is like and give practical advice based on their experience for how to select the right programme, write a successful application and prepare for an interview.

This session will also highlight other ways young people can engage with Chatham House.

The session will be followed by an extended Q&A session where attendees can ask anything of the current interns or Alis about the internship programme. 

Alis Martin, Internships and Outreach Manager

George Berry, intern, International Security Programme
Kayla Arnold, intern, Global Health Programme
Arpana Giritharan, intern, Environment and Society Programme
Ani Martirossian, former intern, Academy for Leadership in International Affairs
Zoe Kamangira, former intern, Communications and Publishing
Otobong Mmah, former intern, Africa Programme




Closing remarks