General Information

Chatham House’s internship programme is designed to provide experience that is relevant to future careers in international affairs. It offers mentoring opportunities and formal training to students coming to the end of their university education or those at an early stage of their working lives.

Internship programmes last up to 3 months and are available mainly within the institute’s research departments but also in some non-research department such as Communications, Publishing and External Relations. Although internships are unpaid, they are designed to support and foster career development, and are offered on a flexible basis so that, for example, students can fit their internship around studies, part-time work, and other commitments.

Internship Benefits

Interns can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of Chatham House as a world-leading think-tank including opportunities to:

  • Attend research seminars, workshops and discussion groups hosted by our regional and thematic research departments. 
  • Attend some events in the members events programme addressed by international leaders, UK politicians, diplomats, academics, business leaders, journalists and other experts. 
  • Attend conferences on a range of emerging issues critical to business and policy interests. 
  • Access the library and information service, including complimentary research enquiry service and the free loan of up to 10 books at any one time. 
  • Produce meeting summaries to develop writing and editing skills. 

Additional benefits include:

  • Participation in a 2 day structured training course, including learning styles, effective communications, presentation and leadership skills. 
  • Appointed mentor from the host department / programme throughout the internship. 
  • Scheduled review meetings (at least two during the internship) to discuss progress and development; and on completion of the internship a written review of their progression will be given to each intern. 
  • Access to the Under 35s Forum, a programme of events and networking opportunities focused towards the next generation of the institute’s membership. 
  • Complimentary copies of our magazine The World Today and our journal International Affairs
  • Entitlement to a free lunch at Chatham House. 
  • Travel reimbursement for London Zones 1-6, for the days worked. 
  • 12 months access to Chatham House individual membership benefits upon completion of internship. 
  • Certificate signed by the director of Chatham House on successful completion of Internship. 

Application Procedure

Internships are advertised on the Chatham House website when they become available. Applications should be emailed to the contact person/department advertising the position and send:

  • A full curriculum vitae. 
  • A covering letter including a brief description of why you want to do an internship at Chatham House. 
  • Two letters of reference, with at least one from a faculty member, and contact details of referees. 

All applications received are considered by the department / programme advertising the internship and a small number of applicants will be interviewed prior to the successful individual being offered the internship. Please note that we do not accept speculative applications, but only those related to an advertised position.

If applying from abroad, applicants should ensure that they have met the necessary visa requirements for the UK, prior to submitting their applications. Applications from individual who do not have the appropriate visa will not be accepted. Please note Chatham House is unable to act as a work sponsor or provide visa support for applicants.

There is no limit on the number of internships a person can apply for. If applicants are unsuccessful, they are encouraged to apply for other suitable opportunities when they become available.