At King's this week, we hosted a panel event focusing on careers in policy and campaigning. For more information on this career area, visit our sister blog: Peace, Politics and Policy.
All speakers saw internships as an essential stepping stone to secure permanent employment in this field. Jack Storry, Public Affairs Consultant at Grayling explained how he had volunteered extensively for his local MP whilst at university and completed a sandwich placement in the House of Commons before securing his first paid position as a Parliamentary Advisor with an MP. Simon from Westminster Advisors told how he had only one brief internship with a rival Public Affairs consultancy before securing his permanent position. Chloe, Advocacy and Policy Manager at The British Red Cross took a different route working up through the ranks from Admin Assistant with the welfare department of a local Government office. Having gained expertise over a number of years in social care policy she was able to move sideways to a policy role at The Red Cross, via a research role in a think tank.
Here are some policy internships currently being advertised on JobOnline that could help you on your way. Many are full time and so may not be logistically possible until the summer holidays or until you graduate, but with the general election around the corner it should be fairly straight forward to find volunteering, canvassing and campaigning opportunities to fit your uni schedule.
**The following information and links are correct at time of publication. If you are reviewing this post at a later date and these opportunities have expired, please check JobOnline for current opportunities.**
Policy and Research Internship - Nesta
Nesta is looking for an intern to assist with research and project coordination in our Policy & Research team, focusing on Public & Social Innovation (PSI). You will help deliver our programme of work in this area, which currently includes (among other things) projects focusing on supporting and scaling up social innovations; alternative finance, the collaborative economy and the maker space movement; evidence-based and experimental policy making; and innovation in public service procurement.
Policy and Research Intern - Action for Children
Research and policy support to enable Action for Children to effectively campaign to secure policy change for children and families in key policy priority areas.
Health Policy Intern - Incisive Health
As an intern at Incisive Health you will be exposed to many different aspects of specialist health consultancy.
Intern - Britain Thinks
To provide logistical support across the full range of our research projects and administrative support in the office.
Finally, training can be another way to gain valuable contacts and experience, campaign boot camp seems to have great feedback and a number of scholarships to cover course fees.
Campaign Boot Camp
Amazing training for early-stage campaigners wanting to learn to effectively campaign. Beginning with one week intensive residential, plus mentoring, events and further training.