The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (usually abbreviated to 'the UK') has an interesting political framework.

It is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy: the monarch is the head of state and the Prime Minister is the head of government.

Historically, the UK has played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy. The UK joined the European Union in 1973 along with Denmark and Ireland. It was an active member until 2016 when, in a surprise result, its citizens narrowly voted to leave the EU. ‘Brexit’ has heralded a turbulent new chapter in British politics, with the effects felt across the European bloc and on the other side of the Atlantic.

The capital city of London is the site of 10 Downing Street, the British civil service and government (collectively known as ‘Whitehall’) and Parliament (the House of Commons and the House of Lords). London is also home to many of the UK’s think tanks, which are a key draw for Political Science students. The Fabian Society, founded in 1884, is one of Europe’s oldest political think tanks, while London’s Chatham House, established in 1920, is well known in the United States.

Another famous product of the UK government is the Behavioural Insights Team (known as the ‘nudge unit’). It is a social purpose company that started as a branch of the UK government at 10 Downing Street. It was the world’s first government institution dedicated to using behavioural sciences to redesign public services and has since spawned a book and offices around the world.

three Interns look at a laptop in an office

Political Science Internships

Political Science is a broad field of study, touching on public policy, law, diplomatic relations, economics, social justice, and politics. An internship is your opportunity to discover which is the field for you, make crucial contacts, and to start your career in the direction you want to go in.

Political science internships are an invaluable bridge for students between the classroom and the real world of politics and government. As a result, such internships are highly sought-after in the United States, and the process is very competitive.

A UK internship provides you with coveted international experience. As an outsider, you’ll get a rare inside look into how an organisation functions and influences the political framework it operates in, whether it’s a government department, city council, or NGO.

You’ll understand the workings of government and politics first-hand, and learn to apply your skills to support an organisation and its strategy. Day-to-day work could involve research, interviews, statistical analysis, or editing reports. Working on a candidate’s campaign might involve writing speeches, designing campaign material and producing press releases. Other public relations might involve preparing packs for journalists and managing online communication channels.

If your career ambition is to shape public policy or tackle social issues you may be placed in a think tank. These are research institutes that seek to influence global, regional and national policy with cutting edge research and bold ideas.

Wherever your placement is, an international political science internship is guaranteed to be exciting, fulfilling and career-shaping.

Possible Placements:

  • NGO
  • Welfare Agency
  • Local politician office
  • Government Department
  • Research Institute
  • Local Charity
At A Glance
Political Science Internships in the UK - London, Oxford, & Belfast
Start Date
Determined by Student
Duration
8, 10 or 12 Weeks
Apply By
12 weeks prior to start date
Fees
8 week program: €5235
10 week program: €6045
12 week program: €6675
What's included?

Airfare, materials for placement, Tier 5 Visa, transport, mandatory health insurance, meals and spending money aren’t included.

Application fee

€95 Non refundable

Commitment fee

€500 Non refundable

Scholarship
up to €1000
sydnie standing by the sea while on assignment for her photography internship in Ireland

Sydnie

Photography Internship
New Mexico State University
My visit to Ireland completely exceeded my expectations. I have to be honest, initially I imagined I needed to be an outdoor person to enjoy the country! I was definitely wrong. Ireland is a place where I want to be outdoors as much as possible. The imagery is so captivating and its visuals vary across the land. The landscapes are very alluring and simple to hike around.