The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is a free market think tank in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1955, its stated mission is “to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.”
It has several internships available for international students, including South Africans who wish to apply.
The IEA is often on the lookout for hard-working, committed individuals to take part in a full-time operational internship. This internship, which is made up of both operational and research tasks, is a full-time position over two months, working at the IEA offices in Westminster.
Tasks the successful candidate would be expected to carry out include:
- Office support – such as manning the front desk, filing and helping process mailings;
- Research support for IEA staff as required – including drafting speeches, research for articles and database support;
- Blogging – you would have the opportunity to write for the IEA blog.
Candidates are expected to be hard-working team players with good knowledge of Microsoft Office. Candidates with strong free-market and liberal principles will be preferred.
To apply for an Operations Internship please email Clare Rusbridge at email@example.com.
The IEA also has a programme of academic internships. These are for those who are interested in helping with the work of the IEA and gaining experience of work in a think tank while pursuing an academic research project of some kind, possibly with a publication in mind. The research that you do will be supervised by an academic mentor, either from the IEA’s own staff or from someone in its academic network.
There are two types of academic internship:
These internships run from six to eight weeks during the Summer (Early July to Early September). Interns pursue a specific area of research and are supervised by an expert in their field. Enquiries and applications can be made at any time from October to May 31st. There may be limited funding and a stipend for some but not all of these positions. The Summer Interns are expected as part of their position to attend a weekly lecture or presentation put on as part of an academic programme for them (normally at the IEA) and to deliver a presentation at some stage on their own research.
Anyone wishing to apply for an academic internship should send a letter (email or hard copy) along with an up-to-date CV and a short (500 words) description of their possible project or research interests, to Steve Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Academic Internships
Anyone who would like to undertake an academic internship but is unable to apply for the Summer programme can apply at any time for an unpaid internship that will run for an agreed period of time outside the Summer months. You will receive academic support and be able to attend the regular events held at the IEA but there will not be a dedicated programme of lectures as in the Summer.
Anyone wishing to apply for an academic internship should send a letter (email or hard copy) along with an up-to-date CV and a short (500 words) description of their possible project or research interests, to Steve Davies.
Whatever kind of internship you undertake you will be a part of the IEA community and be able to take part in the activities put on by the Institute. Interns also remain a strong part of the IEA network as alumni.