Internship Scheme

NLGN is an independent think tank and collaborative network of around 50 organisations from the public and private sector united by a belief in innovation and creativity. We connect members of the network to each other through our events programme and research work.

We offer 12-week internships of 21 hrs/week at London Living Wage in each area. There is some flexibility with regards to working hours, but ideally interns would work 3 consecutive days a week, from 10am – 5pm.


The external affairs team looks for candidates eager to ensure NLGN is leading the most forward-thinking conversations in the sector through its events and communications programme. This varied and dynamic 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 with a passion for events and communications, and a desire to improve public services more broadly.

Currently we are not looking for an Events and External Affairs Intern.


NLGN’s research sets the terms of debate for the big conversations across local government and the public sector. This 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 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 master’s degree
  • Knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Ability to work on different tasks and in a fast-paced environment
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Keen to help develop innovative public policy ideas
  • Interest in local government


Closing date for applications: Friday 25th May 2018
Interview Dates: Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th June 2018
Start date: Monday 2nd July 2018
To apply for the research internship, please submit a CV and cover letter (explaining how your skills and experience suit the role) to Dr Pawda Tjoa at


“Interning at NLGN with the Events & External Affairs team is an engaging opportunity to learn all functions of a growing non-profit organization: creating content for conferences, supporting the uniquely impactful Innovation Exchanges, coordinating press for research and report launches, and membership recruitment. The team supports your professional development, and you’re empowered to have ownership & creative control over your work, which is unique for a part-time internship.” – Ellie, Events and External Affairs Intern, 2017

“Interning within the research team at NLGN was a brilliant experience! From the off, I was given responsibilities such as organising and facilitating interviews, conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis and joining research trips across the country. I was supported throughout these tasks with regular reviews, and always felt able to ask for help! Aside from gaining new skills, this also meant feeling immediately integrated into the team. Research staff work closely alongside the Events & External Affairs team, which also meant learning about the business side of Think Tanks – and I was able to meet some brilliant local government officers in the process.” – Clare, Research Intern, 2017


Sanmeet joined NLGN in April 2018 as a Events and External Affairs Intern. She previously studied History at UCL, graduating in 2016. Sanmeet has also worked as a fundraiser for a national education charity. Alongside her work at NLGN, she volunteers part-time at a women’s domestic violence charity to support their policy and public affairs work. Sanmeet is also a writer and her work has been published in various online publications for writers of colour.
Erica joined NLGN in April 2018 as a Research Intern, supporting the Thought Leadership Team. Erica holds an MSc Comparative Politics from LSE, which she obtained in 2017. Since graduating, she has worked as a researcher for Centre for London, where she currently works part time. Prior to studying at LSE, Erica lived in the Netherlands and graduated from the Faculty of Social Science, Maastricht University. At Maastricht, Erica majored in Political Culture in Europe.