Current Opportunity: Policy Internship (extended deadline)

Open Europe’s mission is to conduct rigorous analysis and produce recommendations on which to base the UK’s new relationship with the EU and its trading relationships with the rest of the world. We aim to inform Government policy and public debate.

Our programme of research currently focuses on:

  • The political and policy considerations arising from the ongoing Brexit process, particularly negotiations with the EU, the question of the Irish backstop, and the parliamentary impasse;
  • The UK’s future relationship with the EU, including trade, security and political cooperation;
  • The future of the European Union after Brexit.


As a policy intern, you will work with the research team, contributing to daily press summaries, forthcoming research publications, and rapid response blogs. From time to time, this may include writing for external publications. You may also be asked to assist with organising events or to provide briefings for other team members in preparation for meetings. The role also involves media monitoring.

We are looking for someone available from July to September in our London office. Internships typically last three months. We would also consider part-time positions.

The salary is National Minimum Wage.

The deadline for applications is 19 July.

Tasks include

  • Background research to assist our policy team;
  • Drafting written work, ranging from short blogs to longer research projects;
  • Assisting with Open Europe’s social media coverage of important political and policy events, such as European Council summits, parliamentary debates, Select Committee sessions, and speeches by leading politicians;
  • Monitoring European media relevant to the work of Open Europe and compiling daily press summaries;
  • Accompanying team members to meetings and events;
  • Logistical support for events planning.


  • You should have or expect to gain a first or 2:1. Applications from all subjects are welcome, but candidates with a background in British politics, European politics and economic policy are preferred. We are also interested in candidates with knowledge of customs, trade and regulatory policy.
  • You must be able to demonstrate strong research skills and have excellent written English.
  • Proficiency in at least one non-English European language is desirable.
  • Candidates must share Open Europe’s objectives. Please visit our website to familiarise yourself with our research and mission.
  • Applicants with experience of research work, writing and/or campaigning will be viewed favourably.

To apply

Please email and attach the following documents:

  • Your CV;
  • A covering letter explaining why you would like to work with us, what relevant skills and experience you have, and detailing your availability;
  • A draft blog of around 800 words on the following topic:

Imagine the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October. What steps should both sides take to mitigate disruption?