Due to extremely high demand, we are not currently accepting applications. Please monitor this page periodically for updates. Unfortunately, due to the high number of applicants we will be unable to respond to unsuccessful applications with individual feedback. Applications sent while the internship programme is closed will not be considered.
The Adam Smith Institute 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. Please note that our internship programme is highly competitive.
Prospective interns should be available for at least three full days every week. We take interns for periods of two to four 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 once applications reopen, along with:
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;
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.