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European Institute
London School of Economics
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The Hellenic Observatory welcomes applications from current students and recent graduates (pre-PhD) who are interested in working for a short period (normally between one and six months) as interns, servicing the activities of the Hellenic Observatory. Duties can include both administration and research activities, in agreement with the successful applicant and with direct consideration of his/her interests and competencies.

Interns have access to the LSE computer network (including an LSE email account) and the LSE library. These facilities provide access to an extensive range of bibliographical and reference resources as well as statistical data. Additionally, interns can attend any of LSE's public events as well as any lectures for taught courses offered at LSE (normally, with permission by the course lecturer and without any accreditation).

The Hellenic Observatory will provide office space and a dedicated mentor for the duration of the internship and will also offer advice for accommodation (occasionally we may be able to help with securing accommodation in one of the LSE Halls of Residence).

Finally, the work will give experience of working in a professional office environment, working to set tasks with a degree of independent responsibility, and contributing to the effectiveness of our upcoming public events programme.  


APPLICATION PROCEDUREApplicants interested in an internship at the Hellenic Observatory should send a recent copy of their CV together with a cover letter (maximum two pages A4) explaining their experience, skills and availability, along with their interest for, and expected contribution to, the post as well as the benefits they expect to derive from their stay at the Hellenic Observatory. Priority will be given to candidates with a background or an active interest in one of the research specialisations of the Hellenic Observatory (public policy, international relations, political economy, regional economics). 



  • Konstantina Saiti
    Konstantina did her MSc in Global History-Global Studies: A European Perspective at the LSE. Since October 2011 she has been involved in the activities of the Hellenic Observatory. She worked on developing the Databases of the HO creating specific tables to meet set criteria. She has also been involved in the HO’s internal and external event organizing working closely with the administrative team.In addition to these, Professor Kevin Featherstone the Director of the Hellenic Observatory also appointed Konstantina to prepare a written report for him on the initiatives taken by the Greek government since 2009 to reform public administration.
  • Cynthia Sarafianou
    Cynthia after completing her MSc in Media and Communications at the LSE has been working on developing the Databases of the Hellenic Observatory, creating specific tables to meet set criteria. Cynthia has also been involved in the HO’s internal and external event organizing working closely with the administrative team. Most recently the Hellenic Observatory hosted a high level Conference on Cyprus at the LSE and Cynthia was actively involved in the organizational aspects leading up to the event and during the day of the Conference.
  • Foteini Emmanouilidou
    Foteini joined the LSE at the beginning of 2011 on a Scholarship programme offered by OPAP the Greek Organisation of Football Prognostics S.A. to study for one term (January-March 2011) at the LSE's European Institute. Foteini’s HO work has involved assisting with the organisation of the Hellenic Observatory’s biennial PhD Symposium which took place at the LSE on 2-3 June. She has also been updating and correcting the Observatory’s database and preparing for the dissemination of the Observatory’s annual newsletter to over 1,000 names as well as dealing with the distribution of the Hellenic Observatory’s Discussion Paper Series. Foteini has also improved, using her own initiative, the Hellenic Observatory’s library cataloguing system.
  • Karolina Schismenou
    Karolina joined the Hellenic Observatory last autumn and has helped with the organisation of the HO events and providing research assistance. Karolina holds a BA in International and European Studies from the University of Piraeus (Greece) and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Next year she will attend the MA International Journalism programme of City University London. We thank Karolina for her support and wish her all the best in her studies and future endeavours.
  • Virginia Nasika
    Virginia worked with the Hellenic Observatory from November 2008 until June 2009. She was involved in many aspects of the Hellenic Observatory's work and became a valuable member of the team. As well as assisting with the activities and general administration of the Observatory, Virginia also afforded a tremendous support in the Hellenic Observatory's very active public events programme and her help was invaluable in the organisation of the 2-day biennial PhD Symposium which took place at the LSE in June 2009. 
  • Marilena Manatou
    Marilena undertook a 2 month internship at the HO in July 2009 Marilena worked on the preparation and dissemination of the August 2009 newsletter, as well as with other day to day administrative duties of the Observatory.
  • Angelos Gkanoutas-Leventis
    Angelos, while being a student in the LSE, undertook the three month Student Internship of the Hellenic Observatory during the Summer Term of 2008/09. For the duration of this Internship, he worked on creating a new contact database for the biennial PhD Symposium and updating the main HO contact database. He also assisted in the dissemination of our HO Discussion Paper Series 'GreeSE' and has provided valuable help with the HO Newsletter. Angelos holds an MSc in Politics and Governance of the European Union from the LSE and a BSc in Politics and Economics from Brunel University. He has now moved on with his academic studies, having started a PhD in International Political Economy at City University. His research interests are Greek and European Political Economy as well as the Political Economy of Energy in relation to the real economy and the financial markets.
  • Giorgos Alexiou In the Lent Term of 2005/06 we had the pleasure to welcome Mr Giorgos Alexiou, a 2nd-year student at the Department of Political Science of the University of Bielefeld, for a three-month internship at the Hellenic Observatory. Giorgos provided valuable help, assisting with office work and doing excellent bibliographical research on a project run by Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis on Bulgarian Regional Policy during Transition. Being a surprising lively and inquisitive character, Giorgos was able to attend at the same time a wide range of public lectures and course seminars at LSE and to work on his own research for his undergraduate dissertation, benefiting from the resources available at the BLPES.
  • Konstantinos Papadimitriou
    Konstantinos was a 2nd year student at the Department of Politics & International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying towards a BA in Politics and International Relations. He joined the Hellenic Observatory for a month in the spring of 2007 and provided valuable help with the setting-up of the 5th issue of our Newsletter as well as with other administrative duties.