Future Thought Leaders’ Programme (undergraduate).

Undergraduate Internship Programme.

AIMED AT: Undergraduate students

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP: Every summer, the IEA welcomes students from around the world for a packed programme of lectures, seminars, debates, discussions, and social activities. Participants will also participate in workshops on career and professional development, come up with policy proposals, and participate in a research project to present at the end of the 3 weeks.


“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!”


The IEA Future Thought Leaders’ Programme (Undergraduate) is a three-week summer internship with a focus on economics and public policy. Interns participate in a series of lectures delivered by experts, addressing pressing current issues such as globalisation, inequality, solutions to combat climate change, inflation, the housing crisis, political realignment, and the regulation of digital markets.

In addition, the IEA delivers professional development sessions led by industry professionals, offering insights into careers in finance, academia, think-tanks, journalism, and more. During the programme, interns undertake a research project, with support from staff with relevant expertise, and prepare for a policy challenge debate which takes place on the final day.

Former interns have pursued varied career paths, and the IEA extends continuous support to its alumni, emphasising not only guidance but also fostering networking opportunities. Alumni are regularly invited to invitations to private receptions, IEA book club discussions and policy panel events.

This programme not only introduces undergraduate students to the world of politics, but also opens the door for a longer-term internship in the Institute, as well as cultivating lasting connections in a community devoted to shaping the future of economics and public policy.


Applications for the August 2024 programme are open

HOW TO APPLY: To submit your application, please upload your CV and a cover letter directed to Ms. Clara Morrissey. In your cover letter, kindly articulate your reasons for wanting to participate. Click here to submit your application.

If you’ve submitted the form, we have your application. Due to high volume, we cannot respond to individual status updates.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications close 23:59 GMT on 31st March 2024.

COST: The programme is free, but participants will need to cover their own travel, food, and accommodation. There is a student opportunity fund available if required.