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 are offering two, 12-week internships of 21 hrs/week with a stipend of £1700 (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.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 30th November 2015.
Interview Dates: w/c 7th December 2015.
Start date: mid-January 2016.

Research Internship

NLGN’s research is designed to set the terms of debate for the big conversations across local government and the public sector, fuelling creative and productive debates amongst our network. Our research internship is designed for candidates to gain experience of the think tank environment and contribute to applied research and policy-making. Through our extensive events programme, interns will also have the opportunity to network with key policy makers.

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.

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

Application details
To apply for the research internship, please submit a CV and cover letter (explaining how your skills and experience suit the role) to Sarah Stopforth ( by 9am on Monday 30th November.

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 a highly organised individual who is interested in events and external affairs.
This position will report directly to NLGN’s Network and Events Manager and will work closely with the whole external affairs team.

Skills and experience required:

  • Strong communications skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Good 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
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Skills and experience desirable:

  • Experience of events management
  • An interest in local government

Application details
To apply for the Events and External Affairs Internship, please submit a CV and a one-page covering letter which explains how your skills and experience suit the role to Rebecca Creamer ( by 9am on Monday 30th November.