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 £1600 (equivalent to the minimum wage).

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.

A key project for autumn 2014 is on local government and housing. We will be considering how new models of partnership between councils, housing associations and health can deliver social value and better outcomes in health and social care. We welcome applications from candidates with experience or a strong interest in this area.

By interning at NLGN candidates will get an opportunity to work on ground-breaking policy topics and shape opinions in the public policy world.

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

Skills and experience desirable:

  • An interest in, or experience of, housing policy

Application details:
To apply for the research internship, please submit a CV and cover letter to Claire Mansfield (research@nlgn.org.uk) by 5pm on Tuesday 26th August.
Interview Dates: End of w/c 8th September
Start date: 29th September

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 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

    To apply for the Events and External Affairs Internship, please submit a CV and covering letter reflecting your relevant skills and experience for the role to Rebecca Creamer (externalaffairs@nlgn.org.uk) by 5pm Wednesday 20th August.

    Interview Dates: Week Commencing 26th August
    Start date: 15th September