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Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

We make sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

We also oversee the universal postal service, which means Royal Mail must deliver and collect letters six days a week, and parcels five days a week, at an affordable and uniform price throughout the UK.

We look after the airwaves used by wireless devices like cordless phones, walkie talkies and even some car keys and doorbells.

We also help to make sure people don’t get scammed and are protected from bad practices. This is particularly important for vulnerable or older people.

Our duties come from Parliament. Our priority is to look after you, and we sometimes do this by promoting competition among companies we regulate.

We provide advice and information to thousands of people each year, through our website and call centre. We register complaints from people and businesses, which helps us to take action against firms when they let their customers down. Parliament has not given us powers to resolve people’s complaints about their broadband, home phone or mobile phone. Instead, these can be considered by alternative ‘dispute resolution’ services.

We also help to make sure people across the UK are satisfied with what they see and hear on TV and radio, and that programmes reflect the audiences they serve. We consider every complaint we receive from viewers and listeners. Often, we investigate further and we sometimes find broadcasters in breach of our rules.

We are independent, and funded by fees paid to us by the companies we regulate.


Team Overview

Are you interested in learning how we apply economics to regulate the UK communications sectors?

Our eight week summer internship programme is aimed at economics students interested in gaining first hand insight into the work of an applied economist or data analytics economist.

Ofcom exists to make communications work for everyone. We regulate the TV, radio and video-on-demand sectors (including the BBC), broadband, mobiles, post, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. In terms of the way we work, at Ofcom our culture is shaped by four important corporate values: excellence, agility, collaboration and empowerment.

We have two separate roles available on our summer internship programme:

  1. Economist:

As an intern economist, you will contribute rigorous economic analysis to help inform real decision making on live projects. Prior to joining the scheme interns are given the opportunity to express their preferences on our current available projects. Projects are allocated to interns based on these interests and their skill sets so that they get the most out of the programme. Previous interns have worked across the breadth of industries regulated by Ofcom. This has seen interns contribute to the economic thinking and analysis in market reviews which are central to regulating the core UK internet infrastructure, and assist in the auction design of the UK 4G and 5G spectrum auctions.

  1. Data analytics economist:

As an intern data analytics economist, you will be involved in analysing data using tools such as econometrics and machine learning, to help inform real decision making on live projects. Past interns have conducted econometric analysis to investigate the potential impact of mobile mergers on quality outcomes, and used frontier data analytics techniques such as network analysis and machine learning to study the nature and impact of online disinformation (fake news). Examples of potential future work that you might get involved with include looking at consumer experiences online to assess the existence, prevalence and potential consequences of harmful content, and assessing how the airwaves – over which wireless devices operate – are used around the UK to inform future policy.

Interns, in either role, are invited to attend a series of internal seminars and trainings, which give insight into the economic work conducted across Ofcom. Interns will also be invited to lectures delivered by external speakers from academia and industry which focus on current economic questions.

In the past, successful interns have been fast tracked to Ofcom’s economist graduate scheme assessment centre following their time on the internship. We now offer both an economist and data analytics economist stream on our graduate scheme. We look for strong economic skills and a passion for competition and regulation economics as well as an ability to display the Ofcom values.


How the scheme works

Successful applicants will be aligned to either our London or Edinburgh offices for eight weeks during July and August 2021. We ask that candidates identify an office preference when applying. Last year, we ran a fully virtual internship as a result of Covid-19, and interns were able to work successfully at home for the duration of the scheme. We encourage applicants who may prefer a virtual internship for summer 2021 to still apply.

All interns will be paid a salary equivalent to the level of the London Living Wage.


At a minimum, applicants should be in the penultimate or final year of undergraduate or postgraduate studies or equivalent.


For our each of our streams:

  1. Economist stream: At least 50% of the course content should be sat in economics.
  2. Data analytics economist stream: Some of the course content should be sat in economics, and you should have a basic understanding of quantitative tools in the fields of econometrics, artificial intelligence or machine learning and relevant analytical software (for example, Stata, Python or R).

Further Information

To apply, please submit your CV and a response to each the following questions:

If applying for our economist internship please answer questions 1 – 4, and if applying for our data analytics economist internship, please answer questions 1- 5. 

  1. How would you explain what Ofcom does to a friend who has never heard of Ofcom? (100 words max)
  2. What interests you about the Economist intern scheme at Ofcom? (150 words max)
  3. What are your own values, and how do you think they fit with Ofcom’s corporate values? (200 words max)
  4. What economic skills do you bring to this internship that make you a suited candidate? (economist intern and data analytics intern to answer) (200 words max)
  5. What data analytic skills do you bring to this internship that make you a suited candidate? (data analytics intern only to answer) (200 words max)

On successful review of your online application, you will be invited to take part in an interview via video platform.

Our recruitment team will be on hand throughout the process to answer any questions you may have via ofcom.grads@ofcom.org.uk – please add INTERNSHIP to the front of your subject header text.

Diversity and Inclusion

Ofcom is a forward-thinking, inclusive employer and recognises the value of diversity to truly “make communications work for everyone”. We welcome applications from suitably qualified applicants whatever their background, especially women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as they are currently under-represented in our workforce. As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee to interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential selection criteria.

We have an agile working model allowing us to have a location-neutral approach to filling our roles. We also support flexible ways of working, wherever possible. Our colleagues are free to move around all our offices, enabling them to work alongside and collaborate with other teams and groups. These initiatives help Ofcom colleagues to work flexibly in way that supports them.

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