LSE Graduate internships

We are currently only accepting applications for self-funded roles

See 'Changes to the Graduate Internship Fund' Message from Lizzie Darlington – Director, LSE Careers

To date, over 100 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 are given 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.

For further guidance on making an internship funding application and the approval criteria, please see the Application Guidance [PDF] for Departments document.

Process after funding approval is given to a department

Departments must submit the role on the E-recruitment system in line with standard HR guidelines and procedures.

  • HR will review, approve role in line with the standard procedure for all roles the LSE advertise. Once approved the position will be advertised on LSE CareerHub with a link for Graduates to apply through the E-Recruitment System.
  • Where possible, roles should be advertised for a minimum of 2 weeks
  • After the closing date, departments will review all graduate applications on the E-recruitment system, shortlist, interview and appoint an intern in line with standard LSE hiring guidelines.

Frequently asked questions

How do I qualify to host an intern?

You must be a department, centre, or division of LSE.

Please see the ‘Application Guidance for Departments [PDF]’ document for further details.

How is it funded?

Local funding requires departments, centres, and divisions to finance the intern with their own budget and you should confirm the availability of your local budget from the Finance Division.

When, and for how long can I hire an LSE Graduate intern?

Funding can be requested for opportunities lasting up to 12 months and internships can start at any time.

Can I extend the opportunity contract past 12 months?

Possibly - Any departments wishing to extend an internship beyond 12 months must contact LSE Careers at least 4 weeks prior to the proposed extension. All extensions will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Which Graduates can apply to my opportunity?

Any recent LSE graduate within the last 24 months, both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK in order to take up a Graduate Internship.

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.

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

Departments must submit the role on the E-recruitment system in line with standard HR guidelines as outlined in the School’s recruitment toolkit.

HR will review and approved the role before instructing LSE Careers to advertise the position on CareerHub.

How is my internship advertised?

LSE Careers will advertise your position on LSE CareerHub. This will then be shared with students approaching graduation and recent graduates on the vacancy board and through targeted email.

Graduate intern opportunities are also promoted through LSE Careers weekly blog post ‘Jobs of the week’.

LSE Careers may also promote the scheme on its social media channels.

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 procedures outlined in the School’s recruitment toolkit.

Who can I discuss my Graduate Internship proposal with?

Please contact James Taylor: if you have any further questions or would like to discuss advertising a Graduate Internship opportunity.

Application guidance

For further guidance on making an internship funding application, please see the Application Guidance for Departments [PDF] document.

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 and extension number (7070) for any queries. 

Please contact 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


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