Join our internship programme!

2021-07-29T09:58:08+00:00 July 29th, 2021|Blog, Onward, Recruitment|

Onward is a not-for-profit thinktank whose mission it is to renew the centre right by generating new ideas and reaching out to new groups of people. Since we launched in 2018, we have built a reputation as one of Westminster’s most influential and innovative thinktanks.

Six-month internship
Westminster, London

Onward is looking for two exceptional candidates to join our six-month paid internship programme. The role will expose the successful candidates to all aspects of Onward’s work: you will contribute to our research programmes, help organise events with frontline politicians and world-leading experts, and support media and social media campaigns. 

Our paid interns work closely with Onward’s research team to develop new ideas for the country’s greatest social and economic policy challenges. Successful candidates will typically be responsible for conducting data analysis, policy research and engaging experts as well as drafting reports. In the next six months, we will conduct high profile work on levelling up economic growth and opportunity, repairing the social fabric of communities, defending the Union and getting to net zero. 

In addition, interns support Onward’s busy events and engagement programmes. This will typically involve organising events with leading ministers and policymakers, generating ideas for future events and supporting our wider political and digital engagement. You will also write and collate stories for the weekly newsletter. 


  • Strong data analysis skills, with bonus points for R or Stata experience
  • Excellent writing skills 
  • Experience in a relevant field 
  • Familiarity with digital media desired

Salary: National Living Wage
Commitment: Six months, Full-time, based remotely or in Westminster, pandemic dependent

Closing Date: 9 am on Monday 16 August 2021
Interviews: Weeks commencing 16 August and 23 August 2021
Start Date: From Monday 6 September 2021 onwards 

Application Details
Please provide a covering letter and a CV with the subject header ‘Internship’ to by 9 am on Monday 16 August 2021 


Onward is a not-for-profit campaigning thinktank that exists to renew the centre right by generating new ideas and reaching out to new groups of people. Our team has worked in the highest levels of government and existing think tanks and we have the networks and experience to turn ideas into practical, popular policies that work. We believe in an economy that works for everyone, government that is strong, and a society built on community and a sense of belonging. 

Our advisory board includes leading parliamentarians, business people and former government advisers, including Lord Finkelstein, Tom Tugendhat MP, John Lamont MP, Neil O’Brien MP, Siobhan Baillie MP, Anthony Browne MP, Claire Coutinho MP, Seema Kennedy, Lord O’Shaughnessy, Baroness Rock, Baroness Fall, Craig Elder, James Kanagasooriam, and Nick Faith.