Policy Research Internship

Policy Research Internship

Politheor is accepting applications for interns who will be supporting the op-ed team over the course of four months. The internships are online-based, with both training and mentoring offered online. 

Politheor is a European policy platform that brings together policy analysts to enhance the quality of European public policy discussions. Its goal is to promote and support talent in public policy analysis. Politheor’s Advisory and Editorial board  bring together experts affiliated to some of the top education and policy institutions in Europe. Politheor also organizes trainings in policy writing, and promotes knowledge acquisition among the next generation of policy specialists. Politheor has been featured in major media outlets such as Huffington Post, EURACTIV and Al Jazeera English. 

Eligibility and Profile

We encourage motivated senior students and recent graduates in Public policy, Political Science, International Relations, Environmental policy, Media Studies etc. to apply. Graduates in other fields who demonstrate interest in public policy are also welcome to apply. Successful candidates must be able to:

Meet strict deadlines while providing quality content.

Speak fluent English, with excellent written skills.

Demonstrate strong analytical capacity and ability to discern policy issues.

Show willingness to learn and cooperate.

Prove interest and expertise in one of the relevant policy areas (see below)

Previous experience is a plus, but not a necessary condition.

Internship Description

The internships will last 4 months. Selected candidates’ primary task will be supporting the op-ed section by writing one policy-related op-ed of 700-800 words each month. Op-ed topics will necessarily relate to one of the following policy areas which match Politheor’s op-ed sections:

International Relations and Global Affairs

Economic and Social Policy

EU Governance and Politics

Environment and Energy

Human Rights and Migration

International Trade

Financial Policy and International Markets

Digital Policy and Internet Governance

Each intern will be assigned to one policy area and usually one mentor, depending on the demonstrated interest and knowledge. Interns will receive training and instructions in writing op-eds to meet the professional requirements of Politheor. This training combined with the overall experience can prove useful in future careers. Students who have mandatory internships to complete are welcome to apply. We are occasionally able to make arrangements in order to meet school requirements.

All internships are completely home-based (online), part-time, and unpaid.

Benefits and Opportunities

Each intern who successfully finishes the internship will receive an Internship Certificate.

Interns will enhance their experience and proficiency in writing policy-related op-eds, through experience, training and mentoring.

Those who complete their internships satisfactorily will receive preferential treatment when applying for projects and events organised by Politheor and Centre for Policy Writing, our partner organization.

The possibility of future employment in the Politheor network.

Great opportunity to publish and promote your work.

Opportunity for networking in a fast-growing European Public Policy Center

Application Process

Send your CV along with an English language writing sample to internship@politheor.net. The subject of the e-mail must include the policy area/op-ed section you are applying for.

Applications without proper indication of the policy area in the Subject field will not be considered.

Application Deadline: September 15 2019.


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  • Loureen Sayej
    05/11/2015, 3:23 am

    Hello, I was wondering when you will get back to us if we are accepted or not?

    Thank You

  • Maja
    02/12/2015, 11:55 am

    Hi there, I have a suggestion: why not ask from applicants to attach a piece of their writing with the application. I don’t really get what is the point of your employing interns: to grant scholarships to successful students, or to publish something that is compelling, current, and worth reading?

    I’m writing this because I like and support your project. Don’t hire people who have had good grades in school. Hire those who have something to say.

    Good luck 🙂

    • Politheor@Maja
      02/12/2015, 9:44 pm

      Hi Maja,

      Thank you very much for your suggestion and for your interest in our work. Writing skills of the applicant are very important for us, as well as general and work experience and educational background (even the grades). The internship is very competitive and we have to take into consideration as many indicators we can. The candidates who have experience in writing specifically, emphasize this in their motivational letter or have a list of publications in their CV. When it comes to the point of the internship program, I believe it is well elaborated in the call for applications.

      Best wishes to you and thanks once again. 🙂


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