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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 four internship schemes at the IEA:

Summer Internship

– Sixth Form Internship

– Operations Internship

– General Academic Internship

Intern of the Year Award

Summer Internship

Each summer, the IEA welcomes up to 40 interns at a time from around the world for a packed programme of lectures, seminars, debates, discussions, events and social activities. If you are an undergraduate student or about to start university and you’re interested in ideas and debate, then this is the internship for you.

Interns will have the opportunity to meet IEA Staff, become great public speakers and, amongst other skills, will learn about media communications and engagement.

Our previous interns have ranged from gap year students to recent graduates. The thing they all have in common is a good attitude and the ability to have an intellectual discussion.

Sixth Form Internships

Do you have a passion for economics and a desire to widen your economics knowledge outside of the A-Level syllabus and gain an understanding of how an economic think tank functions?

You could be one of 35 sixth formers to take part in a dedicated week of work experience held in the Summer. You will take part in lectures and discussions with expert economists and a debate with your fellow interns. You will also hear from people from academia, politics and the Treasury about career opportunities and much more.

This year interns learned about topics including the implications of Brexit, Minimum Wages, international aid, the NHS, and immigration. Interns also got valuable advice on specific career paths in economics, advice for CVs and cover letters and heard from staff about their work in the IEA’s different departments from Research to Communications.

General Academic Internships

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 receive academic support and 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.

Operations Internships

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].

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.