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The IDEAS team help deliver our interdisciplinary research projects, events with impact, and innovative executive training programmes. Could you be one of them?

LSE IDEAS boasts a world leading multidisciplinary and strategic approach to policy design and implementation.

Ana Linda Solano, Advisor to the Prosecutor General, Colombia

Job vacancies

We do not have any vacancies.

Speculative job, internship, or volunteer applications cannot be accepted in any circumstances.

Internships 

LSE IDEAS does not have a summer internship programme. LSE IDEAS does not regularly hire interns, but paid internships in administrative roles are sometimes available. Internships in research roles are not available, but research students can apply to join IDEAS as a visiting research student - see 'Research students' below. 

Speculative job, internship, or volunteer applications cannot be accepted in any circumstances.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students

LSE IDEAS Digital IR Project invites postgraduate students to apply for a research opportunity.

 The Digital IR In the Information Age project at LSE IDEAS is hosting a series of ‘Research Sprints’ in the field of Digital International Relations. This will entail having a small team of interdisciplinary researchers carrying out intensive research into a specific subfield of Digital IR. For each Sprint, we are looking to recruit three to four students as research assistants, to work alongside the research lead for 4 months, starting end of Michaelmas Term. Each Sprint will conclude with a 1500 to 2000-word piece, which will be published on the LSE IDEAS Digital IR website. Students will also develop a communications plan for their piece, giving them an insight on the process of the publication becoming “live”. The Sprint is intended to give students an opportunity to carry out original research and provide insight into how research is carried out in a think tank environment. The Sprint commitment is voluntary, but with a possibility of a token sum at the end of the research period. 

 The following two Sprints will run between 7 November 2022 and 6 March 2023:

Topic: Internet shutdowns and multinational ICTs: investigating the role of businesses in supporting human and digital rights
Research Lead: Julia Ryng  

 Topic: Cyber Priorities of the Global South: investigating developments in the UN Working Group on Cyber
Research Lead: Kenddrick Chan  


To apply for either Sprint, please email j.a.ryng@lse.ac.uk by Sunday 30 October 23:59 UK Time, with the following information:  

  1. Your name and course
  2. The sprint topic you are applying for
  3. Statement of motivation (100-150 words) - please mention: What do you want to gain from the experience? Do you have any past work/research experience in the specific topics mentioned? It’s fine if you don’t. What are your broader research interests? Other commitments during the research period?

Speculative job, internship, or volunteer applications cannot be accepted in any circumstances.

Research students

Visiting Research Students undertake their research at IDEAS, benefiting from our facilities and community.

Benefits

LSE IDEAS is housed in Pankhurst House at the heart of the LSE campus. Its offices are equipped with telephones, computers, printers, photocopier and a fax machine.

Visiting students have reading and borrowing rights in the British Library of Political and Economic Science and membership of the Senior Common Room.

They may attend the public lecture programme at the LSE and, by arrangement, participate in seminars that interest them.

Fees and requirements

Visiting Research Students are expected to play a part in the broad research culture of LSE IDEAS, although there are no formal obligations placed upon them.

There are no minimum or maximum periods of stay and fees are charged on a pro-rata basis.

Applications

Applications may be received at any time. Applicants should submit the following

  • a copy of your research proposal
  • updated CV
  • a covering letter outlining the reasons for your stay

Please send all enquiries and applications to IDEAS Centre Manager Dr Emilia Knight: E.Knight@lse.ac.uk

Please note that the application process can take 6-8 weeks, or longer over the summer.

Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Senior Fellowship 

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Updated academic CV with a list of publications
  • Research plan of up to 600 words

Visiting Fellowship

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Updated academic CV with list of publications
  • Research plan of up to 600 words
  • One reference letter from a senior academic. Reference letter should be sent via email directly to the IDEAS Centre Manager Emilia Knight.

All applications should be submitted via email to LSE IDEAS Centre Manager Emilia Knight: e.knight@lse.ac.uk

Study at LSE IDEAS

The MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy is designed for mid-career professionals, open to applicants with at least 4 years of professional experience.