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We empower our interns by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be effective and positive changemakers, committed to tackling future challenges in a complex and rapidly changing world.


Are you curious about career opportunities in a policy institute? Do you want to build the hands-on experience and exposure you need to get a competitive edge in today’s job market? Would you like to expand your knowledge of key issues in international affairs and learn new skills?

Whether you are a school leaver, still studying or a graduate, if you have an interest in global issues, then there is no better experience than an internship placement with us! Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous, and just world.

We seek to empower our interns by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be effective and positive changemakers, committed to tackling future challenges in a complex and rapidly changing world. We will give you the opportunity you need to learn and thrive, making contributions to high-impact projects during your time here.

Internships are available for the following teams: 

  • Environment and Society Centre
  • Africa Programme
  • UK in the World
  • Middle East and Africa Programme
  • Russia and Eurasia Programme
  • International Affairs Journal

What to expect from the Internship

An internship at Chatham House offers an invaluable learning experience through a six-month placement in one of our host teams. Shadowing and supporting colleagues, you will enjoy dedicated development time and opportunities to learn and improve skills. Your assigned mentor will support and guide you throughout the internship, suggesting training opportunities to help you in your development.

You will be part of a cohort of interns, and get to share your experiences together. You will gain direct exposure to the work of a leading international affairs institute and will have the opportunity to be part of and attend many of Chatham House’s workshops and other events. You will have lots of opportunities for development, including opportunities to meet with internationally respected experts at a variety of networking events and hear from industry experts.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to take part in volunteering activities across the House and social events with interns from other departments. You will gain insight into how a global think-tank works and leave your internship with some great connections and experience.

You will:

  • Benefit from direct involvement in projects across a wide range of topics and gain direct exposure to events development, administration and research support;
  • Gain experience in all aspects of project development and delivery, e.g. providing background research, writing up draft documents, taking detailed minutes at meetings, drafting and proofreading content, participating in external engagement;
  • Have opportunities to develop writing and communication skills including exposure to the research publications and editing process, gain experience as a rapporteur at meetings and learn how to write meeting summaries;
  • Develop insights into the work of a leading policy institute and understanding of critical international affairs issues;
  • Develop teamwork and collaboration skills to help convene high-level meetings, events, roundtables and workshops on topical issues of importance;
  • Learn to build targeted marketing campaigns and creative social media engagement;
  • Learn to draft engaging content for our audiences (newsletters, invites and social media posts);
  • Work alongside world-leading experts in international affairs and build connections.

Person Specification 

You will have/are:

  • An interest in Chatham House and what we do;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills;
  • Enthusiastic about learning and taking on all areas of a project or task, no matter how small;
  • Willingness to proactively take on new challenges;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage their time effectively;
  • Eager to learn and improve skills and knowledge through continuous personal development;
  • A team player, able to work with people at all levels;
  • Comfortable building rapport with colleagues.


As an intern you will enjoy access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • Opportunity to work closely with our diverse community of world-leading policy experts and make lifelong connections;
  • A unique learning and development programme tailored to your personal goals;
  • Networking with commentators, researchers and international policy-makers;
  • Access to our Library, online e-Library and at Chatham House;
  • Access to our events, online and at Chatham House;
  • Complimentary membership (subject to a performance evaluation).

To apply for this internship, you must be:

  • Residing in the UK for the duration of the internship;
  • In possession of a valid right to work in the UK, by the start and duration of the internship programme for the specified contract duration.
  • Aged 18 and over.
  • Available to start on Tuesday 10 September 2024 at Chatham House, for 6 months.

Salary: London Living Wage – currently £13.15 per hour.

Hours: Monday to Thursday (28 hours per week).

Location: Hybrid (Office/Home), 2 days in the office per week.

Application closing date: Sunday 7 July 2024 (Midnight, UK time). You will be notified of the status of your application within 4 weeks of the role closing.

We are an equal opportunity employer; we value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of protected characteristics. We encourage applications from all backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to improve your experience or support you or if you require a reasonable adjustment to help with your application, please get in touch with us on HR@chathamhouse.org.

Please avoid using AI for your application, we want to hear from you! We can tell the difference between a genuine answer and an AI-generated one. Using AI will run the risk of your application being disqualified.

The Job Description as outlined above will not be available once the closing date has passed. Please ensure you keep a copy for your own record.




About Chatham House

The mission of Chatham House is to be a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all. Chatham House was founded in 1920 and is based in St James’s Square, London.

The Chatham House Rule, famous for facilitating free speech and confidentiality at meetings, originated here.

Research is core to all Chatham House activities. We undertake independent and rigorous analysis with the aim of setting the agenda and shaping policy by encouraging new ideas and forward thinking in international affairs.

Chatham House is also home to the internationally renowned journal International Affairs and the magazine The World Today, each published six times a year.

Chatham House regularly hosts high-profile speakers from around the world in a packed programme of events and conferences as well as organizing and participating in a number of events and conferences elsewhere in the UK and overseas.

Our members encompass a diverse range of backgrounds and professions including academics, diplomats, the media, NGos, politicians, policy-makers, researchers and business people.In addition to our publications and events our researchers regularly provide commentary in the media and evidence to Parliamentary Committees.