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 (Application deadline: 30th March 2018), Sixth Form Internship (Application deadline: 30th March 2018), General Internship, and EPICENTER Internship.

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DATES: Summer 2018

  • Tuesday 7th August – Friday 24th August; OR

  • Tuesday 28th August – Friday 14th

AIMED AT: Undergraduate students

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP: 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 with guidance from senior IEA research staff. Research topics have been very eclectic – ranging from the effect on women of microfinancing in Bangladesh to the role of merchant jurors in the adjudication of 18th century commercial disputes!

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter to Christiana Stewart-Lockhart at [email protected], explaining why you would like an internship, your research topic interest and which dates are best suited for you.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 30th March 2018


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!”


DATES: Summer 2018

  • Monday 9th July – Friday 13th July

  • Monday 16th July – Friday 20th July

  • Monday 23rd July – Friday 27th July

AIMED AT: Sixth Form/A Level Students

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP: 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 in academia and politics about career opportunities and much more. And, at the end of the week, there’ll be a debate with your fellow interns.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter to Christiana Stewart-Lockhart at [email protected], explaining why you would like to take part at the Sixth Form Internship and which dates are best suited for you.



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.”


DATES: We accept applications throughout the year. Q1 2018 internship places are now filled.

AIMED AT: Undergraduate and postgraduate students

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP: We are always looking for hard working and committed individuals to join the IEA for an internship. This 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. Candidates are expected to be team players with good knowledge of Microsoft Office. Responsibilities will include:

  • Research support: such as producing briefings, drafting speeches, supporting current research projects;

  • Office support: such as manning the front desk, filling and helping process mailings;

  • Blogging: you will have the opportunity to write and contribute to the IEA Blog.

HOW TO APPLY:To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter to Sam Collins at [email protected], explaining why you would like to intern at the IEA. Internships for Q2 2018 will be considered in w/c 22nd January 2018. Any applicants seeking an internship with the IEA for April – July 2018 must have their application sent in before Friday January 19th 2018.


DATES: We accept applications throughout the year

AIMED AT: Undergraduate and postgraduate students

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP: EPICENTER is a collaborative network of eight 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, Polish, Danish, or Swedish) would be an advantage.
You would be working with a multinational team based in eight 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 six weeks.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter to Adam Bartha at [email protected], outlining your area of interest in European policy making and EPICENTER itself. Please note that this internship opportunity is unpaid.


Our 2017 joint Intern of the Year Award winners were:

Briana Chui, a Master’s student of Philosophy and Public Policy at LSE and EPICENTER Intern at the IEA.

Rhal Ssan, a third year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student at Warwick University and Summer Intern at the IEA.

Briana, who lives in the United States, received her award at home while Rhal was presented with his 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, 2017.