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We are currently recruiting temporary roles for Summer and Autumn 2020.

The GO Lab offers paid internship placements to students and recent graduates within and outside the University, at undergraduate, Masters and Doctorate level. Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

There are two internship periods: July to September, and October to December. For some projects it may be possible to combine these into a single, longer placement.

We would like to hear from you if you:

  • are intrigued by the GO Lab's work looking at how local and national governments worldwide work with the private and voluntary sectors to secure better social outcomes for citizens;
  • can demonstrate your interest through your academic background, or voluntary or work experience;
  • are curious and open-minded; 
  • are prepared to work independently but collaboratively, intensively but flexibly, and have fun, in a small, dynamic team;
  • can bring skills, backgrounds or perspectives that complement the existing team.

We currently have the following projects open. The closing date for applications to the July-September internship period is 31st January 2020, and for the October-December internship period is 31st May 2020. To apply to any of these projects, please send us your CV, together with a covering letter, to In your covering letter, please state:

  • why you are interested in the work of the GO Lab;
  • how you think you can contribute to our work;
  • which project you are applying for, and what you would like to get out of it.

Events associate (July-September only)

You will help our team prepare for the Social Outcomes Conference, our annual international conference to bring together leading academic, practitioners and policymakers. This will involve liaising with speakers and delegates, preparing conference materials, handling conference communications, and participating in the conference itself in early September. You may also assist with other events, for example our inaugural Executive Education course.

We are looking for someone highly organised, with excellent attention to detail, who is sociable and enjoys working in a fast-paced way.

Writer / Researcher (both periods)

You will help the GO Lab further build up its library of case studies, expanding this to cover a wide variety of innovative approaches to government working with the private and non-profit sectors to deliver social outcomes. This will involve reading secondary materials, interviewing project stakeholders, and writing up the case study in an engaging, accessible manner for GO Lab's online platform. Additionally, you will be asked to read seminal academic papers which are relevant to our work, and to summarise them in an accessible way. You will be asked to suggest where in GO Lab's existing materials particular insights are best placed. 

We are looking for someone who enjoys research, is good at synthesising and interpreting diverse information, and who can write in an enjoyable way. For this project you will need to demonstrate knowledge of public or social policy or administration, or international development, and you will be asked for a sample of your written work on the topic. We are looking for someone who enjoys research and is good at interpreting complex concepts, and who can write in an understandable way for a broad audience.

Designer in residence (both periods)

Your job will be to help us convey ideas visually, in a creative way, and conform to our brand identity. You will help us make diagrams, illustrations, and icons, and edit photographs. These will be used for the online resources on our website, in our print publications, on our social media channels, and in our presentation slide decks.

We are looking for someone who likes learning about new ideas, who is visually-minded and enjoys good design, and who is creative with lots of initiative. You will need to have a working knowledge of how to use digital design applications. You will need to demonstrate your past creative work and provide a sample.

Data analyst (both periods)

You will be involved in developing the GO Lab's global project database. You will help collect and compare data on the public procurement of, and investment in, social outcomes. You will help people understand, use, and reuse our data in their work. You will interested in solving user problems, visualizing data, and interpreting data.

We are looking for an intern who is enthusiastic about engaging with open government and/or open data initiatives. You will have demonstrable experience in the collection, processing and / or visualisation of data. Some experience of using statistical software packages such as R or Stata, or using programming tools such as Python and/or MySQL, is an advantage.

Economic analyst (both periods)

You will be involved in both academic and policy economic research, working with the concepts of economic evaluation, decision analysis, value for money, and costs-benefit analysis​. Your responsibilities might include providing on-demand support to economic evaluations, reviewing feasibility analysis, commenting on efficiency and effectiveness of social programmes, and supporting the team to create and maintain guidance documents

This position is ideal for a student or recent graduate with a background in economics, finance, or public policy. ​You will be enthusiastic about improving the effectiveness and efficiency of government spending through contracts, grants, and other mechanisms. Knowledge and experience of using the methods described is not essential, but a genuine interest in learning is imperative.