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.


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.

We are currently not recruiting for this position.


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.

We are currently not recruiting for this position.


“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 with the Events and External Affairs team at NLGN gave me a great insight into how a busy think-tank works. The role was very varied and allowed me to develop a number of key skills which have been hugely beneficial in helping me to progress onto my next role. From helping to manage a busy inbox to researching future event topics – each day felt different and exciting! The team was extremely supportive and I felt like a regular member of staff from day one, which is rare for an internship!” – Sanmeet, Events and External Affairs Intern, 2018

“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


Jake joined NLGN as a Research Intern in January 2019. Prior to this, he worked as a Research Assistant for social and digital inclusion charity Good Things Foundation. Jake as a BA in Sociology with First-Class Honours from Manchester Metropolitan University, and also holds a Masters degree with Distinction in Social Research from the University of Leeds. With the latter, his research dissertation explored urban regeneration and technological change in Salford, Greater Manchester, and how it is that such transformation impacts local communities. Image to be uploaded