LSE Graduate internships

To date, over 80 graduates have been placed into 22 departments, centres and divisions.

The LSE Graduate Internship scheme was established in 2009 to provide recent graduates of LSE with fixed-term paid employment, working on project-based initiatives across the school. Graduates get the opportunity to develop various technical skills and soft skills to enhance their employability and further prepare them for their future career.

Opportunities are open to all graduates within the last 2 years, and students graduating this year – subject to completing all course requirements and being available for the internship start date.

Graduate Internship Funding Timelines

Internships must start on or after 1 August 2019, finishing no later than 31July 2020 and not exceed 9 calendar months. Departments that would like to hire after 31 July 2020 will be required to submit a new funding application in May 2020.

  • 1 May 2019 – Open for Graduate Internships funding applications
  • 19 May 2019 – Close for funding applications
  • LSE Careers will shortlist department funding applications and Inform all successful/unsuccessful departments on or before 10 June 2019
  • Successful departments must submit the role on the E-recruitment system minimum of 3 weeks before the advert is due to go live

Process after funding approval is given to a department

Departments must submit the role on e-recruit in line with standard HR guidelines and procedure a minimum of 3 weeks before the advert is due to go live.

  • HR will review, approve and advertise role in line with the standard procedure for all roles the LSE advertise
  • Departments will review all graduate applications, shortlist, interview and appoint an intern in line with standard LSE hiring procedures

Frequently asked questions

How to qualify to host an intern:

  • You must be a department, centre, or division of LSE.
  • The opportunity must be in keeping with LSE Careers criteria in order to be approved for funding.

What are the timelines for applications?

For the 2019/2020 Graduate internships scheme, Internships must start on or after 1 August 2019, finishing no later than 31July 2020 and not exceed 9 calendar months to prevent funding straddling 2 budget years. Departments that would like to hire after 31 July 2020 will be required to submit a new funding application in May 2020 to be considered for 2020/2021 funding.

  • May 2019 – Open for Graduate Internships funding applications
  • 19 May 2019 – Close for funding applications
    • LSE Careers will shortlist department funding applications and Inform all successful/unsuccessful departments on or before 10 June 2019
    • Successful departments must submit the role on the E-recruitment system minimum of 3 weeks before the advert is due to go live

How is it funded?

  • Graduate interns can be funded locally or from LSE’s central fund.
  • Local funding requires departments, centres, and divisions to finance the intern with their own budget you should confirm the availability of your local budget from the Finance Division.
  • The central fund is a budget provided by LSE which is overseen by LSE Careers. It can be used in the absence of a local fund.
  • Those seeking central funding should take extra care to ensure their internship opportunity is interesting and meets LSE Careers criteria, as funding is limited and the competition is high.

When can you hire an LSE Graduate intern?

  • Applications for centrally funded internships open 1 May and close 19 May 2019. If, after 19 May all the funding has not been allocated we will open for a second round of funding applications.
  • The central funded and locally funded internships will be advertised on the LSE E-recruitment system by the department and then added to CareerHub by LSE Careers on your behalf.

Can I extend the opportunity contract past 9 months?

  • Possibly - Any departments wishing to extend an internship beyond 9 months must contact LSE Careers at least 4 weeks prior to the proposed extension. All extensions will be assessed on a case by case based and are dependent on availability of finding for that year.

Who is eligible to apply for the Graduate internship scheme?

  • Recent LSE graduates within the last 2 years, both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.
  • All applicants must have the right to work in the UK without the need of any sponsorship. LSE’s HR policy states that they will not provide visa sponsorship for roles on a Band 4 scale.

Can I hire more than one LSE Graduate Intern at a time?

  • Yes. As long as your approved funding allows it, you may hire as many interns as your team requires.

How is the scheme promoted?

  • The central funded and locally funded internships will be advertised on the LSE E-recruitment system by the department and then added to CareerHub by LSE Careers on your behalf. They will then be accessed just like any other opportunity on the site.
  • LSE Careers may also promote the scheme through targeted emails to students approaching graduation and recent graduates.
  • Graduate intern opportunities are also liable to be promoted through LSE Careers weekly blog post ‘Jobs of the week’.
  • LSE Careers may also promote the scheme on its social media channels.

Why is the role not advertised on the CareerHub profile of the hiring department, division or centre?

  • To ensure consistency and to avoid any confusion regarding accessing an individual profile.
  • So that all Graduate Intern roles can be easily tracked and viewed.

Will LSE Careers shortlist and interview candidates?

  • No. Applications will be clear to view on E-Recruitment and the hiring manager should assess and decide who to invite to interview themselves. Interviews should follow the School’s recruitment toolkit.

What happens after I’ve had my internship approved for funding?

  • Departments must submit the role on e-recruit in line with standard HR guidelines and procedure a minimum of 3 weeks before the advert is due to go live.
    • HR will review, approve and advertise role in line with the standard procedure for all roles the LSE advertise

Finally, if you believe you have an opportunity which meets our criteria, please submit an LSE Graduate internship application form

Application guidance

Graduate Internship requests are accepted in May, those approved for funding are to be advertised by the department on the E-recruitment system in line with the standard advertising and recruitment procedure. Contract extensions beyond 9 months will be considered on a case-by-case basis subject to remaining funding and extension requests must be raised a minimum of 6 weeks before the end of the initial contract period.

Please note that the 2019/20 process has changed, if you would like to hire a Graduate Intern, please read the timelines and FAQ’s carefully for further guidance before submitting a detailed application form.

As of 31 October 2019, the School has anonymised applications for professional services roles. From this date, the personal details of applicants for professional services vacancies will be anonymised at the shortlisting stage. There is a dedicated mailbox Hr.Anon.App@lse.ac.uk and extension number (7070) for any queries. 

Please contact careers.employers@lse.ac.uk for further details.  

Previous hosts have included:

  • Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
  • Health & Social Care Research Centre
  • Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
  • Latin America and Caribbean Centre
  • U.S Centre
  • Enterprise
  • Learning Technology & Innovation
  • Institute of Global Affairs
  • Information Management & Technology

 Previous roles have included:

  • Supporting with piloting or launching a new project or service
  • Producing a research paper to support with decision making and planning
  • Contributing to and overseeing marketing
  • Supporting with a major conference or events programme
  • Conducting Data Analysis

 How could your Department benefit?

  • Access to high calibre LSE Graduates looking to build their experience and contribute to the school’s strategic aims
  • Access to the LSE Graduate Internship Central Fund (Subject to approval and eligibility)
  • A quick and simple recruitment process supported by LSE Careers (Graduate Internships require no HERA)

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