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Opportunities for undergraduates in the Department of International Relations


The internship broadened my knowledge of what it means to do research, expanded my knowledge of the field…, and introduced new perspectives from which to study international relations.

Jael Tan, BSc International Relations

The internship provided me fantastic exposure to advanced qualitative and quantitative research techniques…

Jeremy Burey-Abraham, BSc International Relations


Funded by donations from LSE Alumni, our Undergraduate Futures Research Internship Scheme and the LSE Internship Fund provide our undergraduate students with the exciting opportunity to enhance their studies and time at LSE.

Whether you’d like experience as a Research Assistant, or to work within a relevant organisation of your choice, find out more about these unique opportunities.

Undergraduate Futures Research Internship Scheme - deadline 25 October 2019

Considering a career in research?

A career in research may seem daunting, and you may be unsure if it’s the right path for you. Doing a research internship is a fantastic opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable research and work experience.
  • Apply knowledge from your undergraduate studies to real-world research.
  • Get a feel for what a career in academia has to offer.
  • Enhance your employability.
  • Learn new skills.

Your internship 

As an Undergraduate Research Intern, you will assist a faculty member in the Department with an ongoing research project. Further information on the research projects available for 2019-20 is available below.

For further information on the duration of the internship and rate of pay read Internship Guide.

Am I eligible?

The Undergraduate Research Internship is open to all 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students in the Department, including students undertaking a joint degree. Selection will be based on student academic performance and the fit between faculty research needs and student skill-sets.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form before the deadline of 25 October 2019 and return it to ir.comms@lse.ac.uk

Download the application form [Word]

Research Projects 2019-20

LSE International Relations Internship Fund - deadline 10 February 2020

Are you considering doing a summer internship with a UK Charity or small to medium-sized company? 

We are excited to announce the International Relations Internship Fund Scheme is now open for applications. 

The Internship Fund Scheme is open to 1st and 2nd year undergraduates. The scheme invites eligible students who are interested in undertaking an internship, that would otherwise be unpaid, to apply for funding. 

What is the Internship Fund Scheme?

The International Relations Internship Fund Scheme provides funding for a limited number of internships within a charity or small to medium sized enterprise* (SME) each year. This enables a number of students to receive funding for an internship that would be otherwise be unpaid and therefore might not be possible to do. 

Am I eligible? 

  • Open to 1st and 2nd year International Relations undergraduate students only
  • You don’t need to have an internship secured to apply

What does the scheme offer? 

  • A grant of £1477 (based on London living wage)
  • Internships must be for 140 hours and take place between 19 June and 31 August 2020
  • Funding is for internships with a registered UK Charity or SME based in the UK, that would otherwise be unpaid

How can I apply?  

  • Submit your application form on LSE CareerHub
  • Apply by 11:59pm on 10 February 2020

Application forms will be assessed by LSE Careers and the department. You will then be notified as to whether your application has been successful or not.

You do not need to have an internship secured in order to apply for funding. If your initial application for funding is approved, you will then have several weeks to source an internship.

What happens if I am shortlisted to receive this grant?  

  • We aim to notify all successful applicants by Monday 17 February 2020
  • You’ll have until 4 May 2020 to source and secure an internship and notify LSE Careers
  • LSE will not provide a guaranteed internship as part of this scheme but you will be invited to attend a compulsory careers seminar, designed to provide more guidance on how to find an internship. You will also be invited to attend a one to one careers appointment with an LSE Careers Consultant

If you have any questions about the scheme please contact careers@lse.ac.uk and use the subject heading ‘Internship Fund Scheme’.


* EU definition of SME: The organisation has less than 250 employees and annual turnover does not exceed €50 million or annual balance sheet total does not exceed €43 million