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It’s that time of year again: the ASI is looking for two new employees, to start in September 2015, and stay for 4-9 months.

Our current crop—Sophie and Nick—are not quite finished (they are staying for the Summer before they go to Edinburgh and Cambridge respectively). But we are opening applications nice and early to make it easy for everyone to plan their gap years.

The crucial requirements are that you:

  • Are on a gap year; you must be 18-20
  • Are open-minded, inquisitive, friendly, intellectually curious, eager to learn and interested in policy
  • Know and have an opinion on the ASI’s perspective and what it does
  • Have a broadly liberal perspective on the world

Your duties will include:

  • Organising lunches and dinners
  • Keeping the database up-to-date
  • Managing the blog
  • Reviewing and editing ASI publications
  • Selling ASI merchandise
  • Doing secretarial work for the directors
  • Logging RSVPs for events
  • Meeting a wide range of interesting & important people
  • Learning about social & political science
  • Socialising with the staff
  • Carrying out self-directed research
  • Writing blog posts
  • Setting up and cleaning up after events
  • Mailing out publications to subscribers

The role pays the National Minimum Wage. All applicants will interview with President Madsen Pirie and Deputy Director Sam Bowman at the Adam Smith Institute offices in Westminster during the summer.

Please send a CV and cover letter of around 500 words to by May 1st 2015.



The Adam Smith Institute also offers short unpaid internships to university students and recent graduates who are interested in politics and policy work. These are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the policy making process and the wider free-market movement in the UK. It is not important that prospective interns are committed to all the political views that the ASI itself holds, but it is extremely important that applicants are interested in and curious about the areas we work and research in.

Our internships are an excellent first step into the world of policy and politics, and many former interns have gone on to work in these areas, or for the ASI itself. They also provide very good experience for a range of non-policy-based careers.


Prospective interns should be available for at least three full days every week. We take interns for periods of two to six weeks, depending on circumstances. We accept applications on a rolling basis and structure your working hours to allow you to continue your studies while working at the ASI.


Interns will be used in both research and operations capacities, working on research papers whenever they are not working on ASI research or operations. Interns are expected to carry out office administration duties as required.


To apply, send a covering letter to Head of Research Ben Southwood, at, along with:

  • your CV;
  • your availability (number of days per week & length of internship);
  • up to 300 words on your favourite writers, magazines, films and websites;
  • up to 300 words on a policy area (or a number of policy areas) that interest you, and why, including possible projects for you to work in this area at the ASI;

Work Experience

Dependent on space and the time of year, the Adam Smith Institute can occasionally offer work experience to those yet to attend university. To apply, please follow the requirements above, signalling that it is work experience you seek.