We receive information about internships for PhD students and publicise them on our Blog. Other opportunities are posted directly by employers onto CareerHub. There are currently 360 internship opportunities advertised, including PhD internships at the Bank of England and OECD.

Lots to apply for! Use a 1:1 appointment to talk through your priorities and goals for developing an interesting range of experience alongside your PhD.

Opportunities recently sent directly to us include:

1 The Alan Turing Institute, Two PhD paid summer internships in Computational Social Science

2 British Library PhD Research Placements, Several based in London

3 McKinsey and Company 3-day Insight Programme in the UK from 12 – 14 April 2018

4 The Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC. 2018 Summer Internship Program

5 LSE Summer School staff Closing date: Sunday 25 February 2018

6 BCG Corporate Finance Workshop taking place in March 2018, apply now
 In detail:

1 The Alan Turing Institute   Deadline Wednesday 31 January 2018 12:00    

Two PhD students for paid summer internships in Computational Social Science at The Alan Turing Institute. The Turing is running a 12-week Internship Programme for students to work on one of the projects during summer 2018, between 25 June and 14 September. Interns will be based at the Turing headquarters in the British Library, London.

‘Uncovering Hidden Cooperation in Democratic Institutions’. The goal of the internship is generalising the method of Vote-Trading Networks (http://bit.ly/2CCcU02), previously developed to study hidden cooperation in the US Congress, to a wider set of democratic institutions, developing a research programme in the measurement and characterisation of hidden cooperation on a large scale.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must currently be studying for a PhD at a university within the UK.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and be available for the duration of the internship project.

Essential Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledgeable in the Python and/or R programming language
  • Familiar with statistical concepts such as random variables, probability distributions and hypothesis testing
  • Experience working with empirical micro-data

Desirable Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledgeable about political institutions and economic behaviour
  • Familiar with complexity science and complex networks
  • Familiar with agent-based modelling and Monte Carlo simulation

The project aims at improving our understanding of cooperation in democratic institutions. In particular, it will shed new light on cooperative behaviour that is intentionally ‘hidden’. An example of such hidden cooperation is when two legislators agree to support each other’s favourite bills, despite their ideological preferences, and/or despite such support being disapproved by their respective voters or campaign donors. This kind of behaviour is key to the passage or blockage of critical legislation; however, we know little about it due to its unobservable nature. The objective of this project is to exploit newly available big data on voting behaviour from different institutional contexts and state-of-the-art methods from data science in order to develop two distinct research papers with clear policy implications for the design and evaluation of political institutions.

Political institutions, such as parliaments and congresses, shape the life of every democratic society. Hence, understanding how legislative decisions arise from hidden agreements has direct implications on the guidelines that governments follow when conducting policy interventions. Moreover, decision making by voting is common in other areas than legislative law-making. It is prevalent in courts, international organizations, as well as in board rooms of private enterprises

Further information about the internship programme and the application process can be found here: http://bit.ly/2CaxMKQ.


2 British Library PhD Research Placements Deadline 19 February 2018 at 4pm

PhD students are invited to apply for one of our forthcoming research placements. These are specially-selected projects that have been developed by the Library to support current doctoral researchers to develop and apply transferrable skills and expertise:

A PhD research placement at the British Library provides the chance to experience research in a different environment to that of a university, to engage with a range of research users and audiences, to gain insights into different potential postdoctoral career paths, and to make a tangible contribution to the purposes and programmes of a national library and major cultural organisation. A broad range of research placement opportunities have been identified by the Library for 2018-19. Further details and profiles for each placement are available at the link above.

Application Guidelines and the application form. Please refer to the guidelines and email the completed application form and a CV to Research.Development@bl.uk  Please note that all applications must be approved by the applicant’s PhD supervisor and Graduate Tutor (or equivalent senior academic manager).  This scheme is open to all PhD students, as long as they have the support of their PhD supervisor and their Graduate Tutor (or equivalent). International students are eligible if they have the right to study in the UK.

The research placements offered as training and development opportunities to be undertaken within this specific context – and are therefore different to the paid internships or other fixed-term posts that the Library may occasionally make available. See the Application Guidelines for further details and background. Please note that – unlike for an internship or a fixed-term post – the British Library is unable to provide stipends or payment to PhD placement students. It is therefore essential that applicants to the placement scheme obtain the support of their PhD supervisor and Graduate Tutor (or someone in an equivalent senior academic management role) in advance and that, as part of their process, they consult their HEI to ascertain what funding is available to support them. To support self-funded and part-time students, most placements can be done on a part-time basis, with some remote working also sometimes possible – see the individual projects for details.

Any questions? Contact Research.Development@bl.uk for all queries or to be added to our placement scheme mailing list for future years.  www.bl.uk/research-collaboration


  3 McKinsey and Company Insight Programme Deadline Saturday, 03 February 2018 at 23:45

We would like to invite all UK PhD students, Post-Docs and Scholars graduating in 2018 or 2019 to apply to our 3-day Insight Programme in the UK from 12 – 14 April 2018. If you are interested in exciting work that makes a difference, with colleagues and mentors at the top of their fields, opportunities to apply your unique skills in a project based, consulting environment, this is a great opportunity to find out more.

About McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company is a place where you can serve leading clients, develop your talent and be part of a team that generates high-calibre ideas. It is also one of the few places where you can have immediate and direct contact with some of the world’s top CEOs and public leaders and where you are encouraged to give your opinion. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people.
As one of the world’s leading Management Consultancies, our goal is to provide distinctive and long-lasting performance improvements to our clients, who range from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms. Our work cuts across every business sector – from multimedia to energy, banking to retail, e-commerce to healthcare. We currently have over 100 offices operating in over 60+ countries.

The Insight Programme
The Insight Programme offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the day-to-day life of a consultant, learn about different techniques for solving problems and experience a live case study. The 3-day programme offers you the chance to meet consultants with diverse backgrounds from McKinsey’s worldwide offices and work together in teams to solve a typical McKinsey case. You also have the opportunity to get to know us and ask any questions in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
To find out more & to apply
The application deadline is Saturday, 03 February 2018 at 23:45. You will need to complete a short online form and attach a CV. We will be inviting short-listed applicants to take an online assessment during the week of 12 February.
Please visit our Insight Programme website for further information: https://www.mckinsey.com/features/insight-2018/overview
To apply visit: https://mckinsey.secure.force.com/Event/careers/UK_APD_Insight_April_2018_2065


4 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Deadline February 28, 2018

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provides the Congress with the objective, timely, and nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budgetary decisions. CBO will accept applications from graduate students for the 2018 Summer Internship Program between January 2 and February 28, 2018. Interns contribute to CBO’s work in areas such as budget and tax policy, health care, national defense, the environment, education, retirement assistance, other income assistance, regulation, and public investment.

CBO internships offer:

.               Ten weeks of experience in the federal budget process and policymaking

.               Responsibility for specific projects

.               The opportunity to work with experts in economic analysis

.               Flexible start and end dates

.               The opportunity to participate in educational events on Capitol Hill

.               The dynamic environment of one of the world’s premier cities

.               Competitive compensation based on academic level and related experience

.               A local transportation subsidy of up to $260 per month.

Candidates should have some preparation in disciplines related to CBO’s mission. Ideal candidates are pursuing graduate academic programs in the following fields:  Economics; Public Policy/Public Affairs;Health policy; Finance; Mathematics; Statistics

More information is available at www.cbo.gov/about/our-careers/our-internships.

Students submit a cover letter, résumé, contact information for references, unofficial transcripts (include an undergraduate transcript if the applicant is a first-year graduate student), and a list of spring coursework at www.cbo.gov/careers.  Selections are based on academic achievement, the relevance of academic work to CBO’s responsibilities, and work experience. Selected candidates should be informed by early April 2018.


5 LSE Summer School staff Closing date: Sunday 25 February 2018

LSE Widening Participation aims to raise the aspiration and awareness of Higher Education of bright pupils from London state schools. LSE delivers a number of projects that encourage young people from under-represented backgrounds to aim for a university education.
We are now recruiting staff for two of our largest and most successful summer schools taking place in a variety of subject areas in July and August 2018.

Course Leaders required: Year 11 Summer School
Programme Dates: Monday 2 – Friday 6 July 2018
Course Leaders are responsible for planning at least three subject specific workshops to be delivered multiple times to all students on the Summer School. Course Leaders will also be responsible for the overall running of one stream of the programme. We are looking for Course Leaders who are able to deliver subject workshops in one of the following streams:

  • Law; Sociology; Economics Government/Politics; History

We would expect Course Leaders to be current or past Masters or PhD candidates. Please see find attached the job description, person specification and a sample timetable for the summer school.

Course Directors required: LSE CHOICE (Year 12)
Programme Dates: Monday 20 – Friday 24 August 2018
Course Directors are responsible for the planning, running and overall teaching on the week long non-residential summer school.
We are looking to recruit LSE CHOICE Course Directors from the following subjects:

  • Economics; Government and Politics; History; Maths; Sociology

We would expect Course Directors to be current or past Masters or PhD candidates in their chosen or related subject. Please see find attached the job description, person specification and a sample timetable for the summer school.
Course Leaders/Directors are paid approximately £1,300 before tax

Applicants should apply online at this link
Interviews are likely to take place week commencing Monday 12 March 2018.
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For further information about our programme please visit our website
www.lse.ac.uk/wideningparticipation or email widening.participation@lse.ac.uk.


6 BCG Corporate Finance Workshop taking place in March 2018, apply now

through your targeted emails (please see template below) specifically for (undergrad, master’s, or PhD) majoring in finance, economics, business, or similarly quantitative subjects with an affinity for Corporate Finance, Private Equity and strategy.

This events are by application only (open currently and deadline is in 2 weeks) so an urgent request.

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience what BCG is like in a case environment, so we are keen to get as many applications as possible!

M&A Workshop, March 15–17, 2018 near Paris
Discover the full extent of mergers and acquisitions with BCG—from the initial idea to the
closing of the deal. Based on a real BCG project, you will gain insights into a live transaction
and be given the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have acquired so far in a broader
corporate finance context.

Together with BCG consultants from our dynamic Corporate Finance and Private Equity
practice areas, as well as 60 students from top European universities, you will analyse the
strategic rationale of the deal, assess the target company, quantify the potential synergies,
and structure the execution of the transaction.

Along the way, you will learn the methodologies and approach of the world’s leading strategy
consultancy and face new challenges that will allow you to grow personally and professionally.
We are seeking high calibre university students who are studying finance, economics, business
or similarly quantitative subjects to attend the workshop.

Curious? More information & registration at: http://cf-unlimited.bcg.com