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Internships

The Henry Jackson Society offers a variety of internships aimed at politically-minded, enthusiastic, and self-motivated individuals. Our internships offer a valuable immersion into the world of international relations and are designed to foster career development.

Internship programmes are available mainly within The Henry Jackson Society’s research centres. Alongside working in the research centres, interns are also expected to help assist in other departments such as communications, parliamentary and events.


To Apply

Please send a CV, a one-page covering letter including a brief description of why you want to do an internship at The Henry Jackson Society, and an original writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) to internrecruitment@henryjacksonsociety.org.  When applying please state the research centre(s) that you are applying for. Applicants will only be contacted in the event of being called for an interview.

If applying from abroad, applicants should ensure that they have met any necessary visa requirements for the UK, prior to submitting their application.


Other Information

Internships can be undertaken on a full- or part-time basis, and usually last for a duration of up to three months. They are offered on a flexible basis so that individuals can, for example, fit their internship around part-time work, studies, or other commitments.

Business Assistant Internship

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) is a think tank and policy-shaping force that fights for the principles and alliances which keep societies free – working across borders and party lines to combat extremism, advance democracy and real human rights, and make a stand in an increasingly uncertain world.

Our mission is to be a force that fights for the principles and alliances which keep societies free – working across borders and party lines to combat extremism, advance democracy and fundamental human rights, and make a stand in an increasingly uncertain world.

We are looking for an ambitious and budding young professional with an thirst to learn more about the operations of a business and a start-up firm.

The Business Assistant will support the Chief Operating Officer, Operations Manager, Commercial Director and Events Manager. The ideal candidate will have the following skills / capabilities:

  • Interest in gaining experience in running a charity;
  • A Levels, Graduate or postgraduate qualification in business, events or a similar area;
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills;
  • An interest in the coordination of events
  • A keen interest in marketing, project management and/or sales
  • Friendly and professional approach
  • Excellent IT skills including Excel
  • Data entry skills
  • Productive and confident to express new ideas
  • An appreciation for the principles underpinning the Henry Jackson Society


Research Assistant, Asia Studies Centre

The Asia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society is looking for an individual with demonstrable interest in East Asian or Indo-Pacific affairs who would like to gain experience working in a policy institute.

The Asia Studies Centre carries out research on contemporary political and security developments in South Asia, the Indo-Pacific and East Asia, with a focus on advancing political freedom, human rights, and British foreign policy in those sub-regions.

The Research Assistant will support the activities of the Director of the Asia Studies Centre. The ideal candidate will have the following skills / capabilities:

  • Proven interest in Asia or the Indo-Pacific;
  • Graduate or postgraduate qualification in international relations, politics, or another related field;
  • Excellent writing and research skills;
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills;
  • An appreciation for the principles underpinning the Asia Studies Centre’s work;
  • Knowledge of Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Japanese or another local language is desirable.

Find out more about the Asia Studies Centre


Research Assistant, Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism

The Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism centre at The Henry Jackson Society provides top-quality, in-depth research and delivers targeted, tangible and impactful activities to combat the threats from radical ideologies and terrorism at home and abroad.

Along with terrorism and radicalisation, CRT are interested in researchers pursuing studies in violence, war and conflict, law, mental health and psychology, crime and radicalisation, and human rights.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Have a familiarity and strong interest in current events and trends related to terrorism and extremism in the UK and abroad, including terrorism legislation;
  • Possess a clear, analytical, and logical writing style;
  • Be looking to pursue a career in countering extremism and terrorism, research and/or policy;
  • Be hard-working and motivated with exacting attention to detail;
  • The ideal candidate would be pursuing, or would have completed, a master’s degree in the field
  • Fluency in multiple languages is an additional asset. In particular, CRT is currently looking for applicants who are fluent in Urdu.

Find out more about the Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism


Research Assistant, Global Britain Programme

The Global Britain Programme at The Henry Jackson Society is looking for an individual with demonstrable interest in the future geostrategic policy of the United Kingdom who would like to gain experience working in a policy institute.

The Global Britain Programme aims to educate the public on the need for an open, confident and expansive British geostrategic policy in the twenty-first century, drawing off the United Kingdom’s unique strengths not only as an advocate for liberalism and national democracy, but also a custodian of both the European and international orders.

The Research Assistant will support the activities of the Director of the Global Britain Programme. The ideal candidate will have the following skills and/or capabilities:

  • Proven interest in British foreign, security and strategic policy;
  • Graduate or postgraduate qualification in international politics, strategic studies, or related field;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills;
  • An appreciation for the principles underpinning the Global Britain Programme’s work.

Find out more about the Global Britain Programme.

 

Research Assistant, Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre

The Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society is looking for a well-organised and personable individual with demonstrable interest in Russian or Eurasian affairs who would like to gain experience working in a policy institute.

The Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre provides original research on contemporary domestic and foreign policy developments in Russia and Eurasia, with a specific focus on economic, political and security trends.

The Research Assistant will support the activities of the Director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre. The ideal candidate will have the following skills / capabilities:

  • Proven interest in Russia or Eurasia;
  • Graduate or postgraduate qualification in international relations, politics, or another related field;
  • Excellent writing and research skills;
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills;
  • An appreciation for the principles underpinning the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre’s work;
  • Knowledge of Russia or another local language is desirable.

Find out more about the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre.


Research Assistant, Student Rights

A project of The Henry Jackson Society, Student Rights is a non-partisan group dedicated to supporting equality, democracy and freedom from extremism on university campuses. It monitors extremism and intolerance from a range of different sources including fascist groups and Islamist elements on campuses, and works to challenge the risk of radicalisation occurring on university campuses.

Student Rights research assistants will be involved in every aspect of our work – including research, writing, media liaison, publications, and administration – and will be given responsibility for specific projects as well as being expected to provide general assistance.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills / capabilities:

  • Be a motivated self-starter who is capable of acting independently and who possesses the capacity to absorb and execute instructions quickly in a busy environment.
  • Have experience of research, either academically or professionally.
  • Possess a clear writing style.
  • Have sympathy with our principles.
  • Knowledge of domestic extremism issues is desirable.

Find out more about Student Rights