Internship Scheme

NLGN is an independent think tank and collaborative network of leading edge local authorities and dynamic private sector thinkers. We connect members of the network to each other through our high level events programme and creative research work.

We offer two, 12-week internships of 21 hrs/week with a stipend of £1650 (equivalent to the minimum wage). There is some flexibility with regards to working hours, but ideally interns would work three consecutive days a week, from 10am – 5pm.


Research Internship

NLGN’s research is designed to set the terms of debate for the big conversations across the local public sector, fuelling creative and productive debates amongst our network. Our internship lies within the research programme and is designed for candidates to gain experience of the think-tank environment and contribute to applied research and policy-making.

Ideally, we are looking for graduates with a background in or demonstrable aptitude for policy research and an interest in contributing to innovative policy solutions. Our internships are primarily research based and give a unique and valuable insight into policy making and rigorous research methodologies.

By interning at NLGN candidates will get an opportunity to work on ground-breaking policy topics and shape opinions in the public policy world. Through our extensive events programme, interns will also have the opportunity to network with key policy makers.

Skills and Experience required:

  • A strong academic background and preferably a masters degree
  • Knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Ability to work independently and in a fast paced environment
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Keen to help develop innovative public policy ideas and promote local democratic engagement
  • An interest in local government

Events and External Affairs Internship

This internship will give candidates valuable and practical insight into events management, communications, marketing and exposure to public policy and stakeholder engagement. This post will suit highly organised individual who is interested in events and externals affairs.

This position will report directly to NLGN’s Networks and Events Manager and will work closely with the whole external affairs team.

Skills and experience required:

  • Strong communications skills
  • Excellent IT skills – including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Demonstrable ability to work independently and as part of a small team
  • Able to learn and apply new skills quickly
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Skills and experience desirable:

  • Experience of contact database management and general data management
  • Experience of events management