Intern, International Security Department

Chatham House
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Jul 10

Position description

Founded in 1920, Chatham House engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debate and confidential discussion on the most significant developments in international affairs.

Chatham House is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading policy institutes. Based in London, with a full-time staff of over 160 - and with a network of 150 associate fellows - we provide rigorous and independent analysis on how to build a sustainably secure, prosperous and justice world.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. 


The role

Are you a motivated, well-organised and reliable self-starter? Do you want to gain practical experience in a policy institute focused on international affairs? Can you commit to 2.5 days per week for four months, with the possibility of extending the duration? Would you have the flexibility to be available on the days when we have events? 

We are seeking an intern to support current projects and activities by the International Security Department. The role involves providing support for the Journal of Cyber Policy, assisting with event organisation, research and publications, and general administrative duties. You will be an integral member of the team and develop skills and knowledge across a range of different areas. You will gain valuable insight into the work of a leading foreign affairs think tank and be part of an exciting and professional environment. 

Current research by the International Security Department at Chatham House covers major topics such as cyber security, nuclear weapons, CBRN risk mitigation, deterrence policies, space security, the use of drones, and conflict. Further details on the activities of the department can be found on the Chatham House website.

Person Specification

  • You will have a graduate or post-graduate degree in a related discipline, knowledge of international security issues, and demonstrate particular interest for the department's areas of research.
  • You possess excellent organisation and IT skills and have experience in an administrative role. 
  • You are meticulous, adaptable, a fast-learner and have first-class communication skills (oral and written), with the ability to form positive relationships with co-workers. 
  • You seek to understand how a think tank works and to gain experience as a valued member of a research department.


  • You will be paid the London Living Wage and we provide lunch in the staff canteen. You will have the opportunity to interact with the other Chatham House programmes, and gain insight into all of the aspects of how the Institute runs.
  • You will benefit from seminars and training sessions held by the Institute's tailored programme for interns.
  • You will also have access to the library, and receive complimentary Chatham House web-membership for 12 months following your internship.

Other Information:

  • The internship is for four months (with the possibility of extension (up to 6 months in total)) and we are looking for someone to work on a part-time basis, 2.5 days per week. We are happy to be flexible where possible.

Please note that we are not able to offer visa sponsorship for this role. You must have an unrestricted and existing right to work in the UK to apply.

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