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Chatham House Molchanov Sustainability Internship 2024

Application Deadline: 10 September 2024

Are you curious about career opportunities in a policy institute? Do you want to build the hands-on experience and exposure you need to get a competitive edge in today’s job market? Would you like to expand your knowledge of key issues in international affairs and learn new skills?

Whether you are a school leaver, still studying or a graduate, if you have an interest in global issues, then there is no better experience than an internship placement with us! Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. The mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous, and just world.

Internships are available for the following teams: 

  • Environment and Society Centre 
  • Africa Programme
  • UK in the World 
  • Middle East and Africa Programme
  • Russia and Eurasia Programme 
  • International Affairs

What to expect from the Internship

An internship at Chatham House offers an invaluable learning experience through a six-month placement in one of our host teams. Shadowing and supporting colleagues, you will enjoy dedicated development time and opportunities to learn and improve skills. Your assigned mentor will support and guide you throughout the internship, suggesting training opportunities to help you in your development.

You will be part of a cohort of interns, and get to share your experiences together. You will gain direct exposure to the work of a leading international affairs institute and will have the opportunity to be part of and attend many of Chatham House’s workshops and other events. You will have lots of opportunities for development, including opportunities to meet with internationally respected experts at a variety of networking events and hear from industry experts.

You will:

  • Benefit from direct involvement in projects across a wide range of topics and gain direct exposure to events development, administration and research support;
  • Gain experience in all aspects of project development and delivery, e.g. providing background research, writing up draft documents, taking detailed minutes at meetings, drafting and proofreading content, participating in external engagement;
  • Have opportunities to develop writing and communication skills including exposure to the research publications and editing process, gain experience as a rapporteur at meetings and learn how to write meeting summaries;
  • Develop insights into the work of a leading policy institute and understanding of critical international affairs issues;
  • Develop teamwork and collaboration skills to help convene high-level meetings, events, roundtables and workshops on topical issues of importance;
  • Learn to build targeted marketing campaigns and creative social media engagement;
  • Learn to draft engaging content for our audiences (newsletters, invites and social media posts);
  • Work alongside world-leading experts in international affairs and build connections.

Person Specification 

You will have/are:

  • An interest in Chatham House and what we do;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills;
  • Enthusiastic about learning and taking on all areas of a project or task, no matter how small;
  • Willingness to proactively take on new challenges;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage their time effectively;
  • Eager to learn and improve skills and knowledge through continuous personal development;
  • A team player, able to work with people at all levels;
  • Comfortable building rapport with colleagues.


As an intern you will enjoy access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • Opportunity to work closely with our diverse community of world-leading policy experts and make lifelong connections;
  • A unique learning and development programme tailored to your personal goals;
  • Networking with commentators, researchers and international policy-makers;
  • Access to our Library, online e-Library and at Chatham House;
  • Access to our events, online and at Chatham House;
  • Complimentary membership (subject to a performance evaluation).

To apply for this internship, you must be:

  • Residing in the UK for the duration of the internship;
  • In possession of a valid right to work in the UK, by the start and duration of the internship programme for the specified contract duration.
  • Aged 18 and over.
  • Available to start on Tuesday 10 September 2024 at Chatham House, for 6 months.

More Info: Molchanov Sustainability Internship



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