Welcome to the IEA’s Internships page. Here we explain our various internship programmes that we run throughout the year. Whatever kind of internship you undertake, you will be a part of the IEA family and be able to take part in the activities staged by the Institute. Interns also remain a strong part of the IEA network as alumni. We currently have five internship schemes at the IEA: Summer Internship (Application deadline: 31st March 2017)Sixth Form Internship (Application deadline: 31st March 2017)Operations Internship, General Academic Internship, EPICENTER Internship, and our Intern of the Year Award.

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You can apply to one of either of the following dates in 2017:

Tuesday 8th August – Friday 25th August

Tuesday 29th August – Friday 15th September

Each summer, the IEA welcomes nearly 80 interns from around the world for a packed programme of lectures, seminars, debates, discussions, events and social activities.

Each intern produces a supervised research project, chosen by themselves, and mentored by one of the IEA’s senior research staff. Research topics have been very eclectic – ranging from the effect on women of micro financing in Bangladesh to the role of merchant jurors in the adjudication of 18th century  commercial disputes!

Want to apply? If you are an undergraduate student and you’re interested in ideas, then this is the internship for you. The thing all of our previous interns have had in common is a good attitude and the ability to have an intellectual discussion.

You can apply for a summer internship by sending an up-to-date CV and a letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you would like an internship and your research topic interests to  [email protected]. Please also indicate which dates are best suited for you.

Please note that our internships are unpaid.

“Thank you for enabling this wonderful, inspiring internship programme! I was impressed by the vast variety of topics covered in talks, debates and discussions and feel that this internship has added great value to my personal development.”

“I know I will look back on my summer as one of the most memorable experiences of my life. It’s been absolutely rewarding to take part in debates and seminars on a wide array of issues. Thanks for the support that has made my summer intellectually stimulating and very entertaining  at the same time!”


You can apply to one of three dates in 2017:

Monday 10th July – Friday 14th July

Monday 17th July – Friday 21st July

Monday 24th July – Friday 28th July

We provide a dedicated week of work experience for 120 sixth formers in three groups held across the summer. The week includes lectures and discussions with expert economists. There’s the chance to hear from people from academia, politics and the Treasury about career opportunities and much more. And, at the end of the week, there’s a debate with your fellow interns. Whatever kind of internship you undertake you will be a part of the IEA family and be able to take part in the activities staged by the Institute. Interns also remain a strong part of the IEA network as alumni. To apply for this internship, please email us with a CV and a short letter stating that you are applying specifically for the sixth form internship, your preferred internship date from the list above, and why you would like to intern at the IEA. Send it to us at [email protected]


“I honestly enjoyed it so much and miss my whole time there! I will make sure to recommend it to anyone interested in economics.”

“I have truly found this to be an invaluable experience and I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to participate!”

“I would recommend it to anyone who has a passion for economics and an intellectual curiosity to learn more.”


These are open to those who are just finishing undergraduate studies or undertaking postgraduate studies. You can apply at any time for an unpaid internship which will run for an agreed period of time outside of the summer months.

We do not accept any academic interns between the 20th June and the 20th September. Internships normally last between 6 and 8 weeks and we request an absolute minimum of four weeks.

You will undertake your own research project on a topic of your choice and will be supported by an academic supervisor from our research team. You will also be able to attend regular events held at the IEA. However, the programme of lectures and discussions will not be as structured as the summer programme.


The IEA offers internship opportunities for hard working, committed individuals to join our Operations team. This internship is a temporary and voluntary position with flexible hours available for up to 3 months, subject to discussion, based at the IEA offices in Westminster.

Each successful candidate would be expected to carry out:

– Office support – such as manning the front desk, filing and helping process mailings;

– Research support for IEA staff as required – including drafting speeches, research for articles and database support;

– Blogging – you would have the opportunity to write for the IEA blog.

Candidates are expected to be hard-working team players with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office.

To apply for any of these internships, please send a CV and a short letter stating which type of internship you’d like to apply for and why you’d like to intern at the IEA. Send it to us at [email protected].


EPICENTER is a collaborative network of six leading free market think tanks in Europe. It seeks to inform the EU policy debate and promote the principles of a free society by bringing together the economic expertise of its members.

If you are interested in European issues, want to use the opportunity to engage in pan-European research and have the necessary basic knowledge about EU institutions, then this opportunity is definitely for you! Speaking additional European languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Lithuanian, or Swedish) would be an advantage.

You would be working with a multinational team based in six capitals of Europe + Brussels, deliver support for our research team, come up with new social media outreach methods and generally help out our staff by conducting meaningful work. Furthermore, you would have the opportunity to pursue your own research and get published on our blog.

Candidates interested in the opportunity should be able to commit for a minimum of 20 hours per week – ideally more – for a time span of at least one month. Please send your CV and a short cover letter outlining your area of interest in European policy making and EPICENTER itself to Adam Bartha at [email protected]. Please note that this internship opportunity is unpaid.

Intern of the Year Award


Our 2016 Intern of the Year Award is Dani Ball – a second year student at Brasenose College, University of Oxford and a Summer Intern at the IEA.

Dani was presented with the award by Vernon Hill – Founder and Chairman of Metro Bank – at the Intern of the Year award ceremony, hosted by Metro Bank, on September 14th, 2016.