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Are you the future mind of policy? Apply to become a Policy Associate with the Global Policy Institute and Mile End Institute

The Queen Mary Global Policy Institute and Mile End Institute are looking for the future minds of policy to join as the 2024 cohort of our Policy Associate scheme.  

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This is a perfect opportunity for Queen Mary students who are looking to gain experience in policy, research, communications and other similar fields of work. 

What is the Policy Associate programme? 

The Policy Associate role is a paid internship with a commitment of 10 hours per week, that lasts over eight weeks. The Policy Associate internships begins on Monday 29 January and goes through to Friday 22 March. Successful candidates will be paid £14 per hour for 10 working hours per week (a total pay of £1,120). The scheduling of working hours will be agreed based on the course timetables of successful candidates. 

What will Policy Associates get up to? 

As part of the programme, each Policy Associate will work to produce a portfolio of outputs that will evidence and demonstrate their achievements by the conclusion of the internship. Associates may be invited to work on the following:  

  • Co-authorship, editing and curation of opinion pieces and blogs. 
  • Coordination and drafting of responses to Parliamentary Select Committee inquiries and other Government consultations. 
  • Planning, organisation and delivery of events.  
  • Development of executive education / continual professional development opportunities.  

In addition to the paid work experience, the programme will also feature a weekly structure of professional development and networking opportunities for Associates. This will include training on academic-policy engagement, policy writing workshops, and case studies with Global Policy Institute fellows and colleagues.  

Download the job description and apply here 

Over the past three years we have worked with 14 students from across the world who have a passion for policy and social change.  

"I feel I have achieved a strong understanding of diverse global challenges through research and engaging discussions with subject matter experts from across the world. I feel like the knowledge and skills I have acquired have really helped me refine my career goals." 

Maria Camila Gomez, one of our Policy Associates from 2023. 

Read all about the work that previous Policy Associates got up to here. 

The history of the Policy Associate programme 

The Global Policy Institute first opened its doors to the first cohort of Policy Associates in 2021. Students worked with academics and professional services staff to support the work of the Institute to take Queen Mary’s world-class research and translate this into positive policy changes on global issues such as: 

  • Rights, inclusion and diversity. 
  • Resilience and sustainability. 
  • Healthcare, recovery and reform. 

This year is the first year in which the Policy Associate programme will be shared with the Mile End Institute – who will bring their own expertise of bringing together politicians, policymakers, academics and the public to debate the major challenges facing East London and the entire country. 

Who should apply? 

We are looking for up to seven Policy Associates (four based with the Global Policy Institute and three based with the Mile End Institute) to join our teams this winter.  

We welcome applications from Queen Mary students from all degree levels – undergraduate, masters and PhD. 

How to apply 

  • Wednesday 29 November: Application deadline at 23:59. Please note there two parts to the application that must be completed in order for your application to be considered for shortlisting. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 
    • Upload CV via QTemps (do not include a personal statement. In the text box just write: N/A).
    • Complete application form via Microsoft Forms.
  • Friday 8 December: Shortlisted applicants invited to an informal interview in person on the Mile End campus. 
  • Week commencing Monday 11 December: Interviews. 
  • Friday 15 December: This is the date by which applicants will be informed of the outcome. 

We have organised three informal drop-in sessions with staff running the Policy Associate Programme. This is your chance to ask questions about the programme and/or application process. You do not need to register to attend a session, simply use the meeting link on the appropriate date. Questions will be answered on a first come first served basis. 

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Audrey Tan, Policy Partnerships Manager ( 

Download the job description and apply here 


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