Internship Opportunity at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:

Each internship is different and set for a period of 8 weeks. Please only apply if you are available for the duration of July and August 2019.

Interviews will be scheduled in the first two weeks of December. You will be contacted via email if you are successful.

At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of Co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.

Our work on Co-existence focuses on the urgent need to tackle extremism, the devastating and divisive effects of which are being felt across the world. Countering extremism requires a long-term and multidimensional approach that addresses the problem before it becomes violent and recognizes that the violence is a symptom of, and supported by, a way of thinking. Our approach seeks first to understand extremist ideology, then address it through disrupting its spread and reducing its appeal, as well as building resilience to its messaging.

Our research and analysis capability provides the thought leadership needed to properly define the challenge and address it at all levels. We present informed, evidence-based analysis of the ideological foundations of extremism, its global impact, as well as the complex drivers of resilience and vulnerability to these destructive world views. Our research informs policies, programmes, and civil society responses to extremism globally.

Focus of the Role:


• Research avenues for development of the Global Extremism Monitor

  1. Work with the Global Extremism Monitor researchers and analysts to research options for the development and expansion of the GEM.
  2. Identify potential partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including data providers and research institutions.
  3. Curating an archive of relevant multidisciplinary data sets for overlaying with the GEM data

• Support the research team across a variety of reports and publications

  1. Research, collect data and summarise findings to support upcoming research publications from the Co-existence team.
  2. Collect and consolidate existing studies and research on the subject of extremism (including studies by government entities, think tanks, private sector and academics)
  3. Review and identify gaps in existing counter-extremism policies, feeding into policy recommendations for future reports

• Help inform the public debate around key policy areas

  1. Prepare in-depth briefings for senior staff on policy-relevant areas, including identifying emerging trends and synthesizing open source information and data.
  2. Proactively identify events and opportunities to showcase TBI Co-existence’s thought leadership to relevant audiences.
What We Look For in Our People:


The successful candidate will have recently graduated or be on course to graduate with a 2:1 or higher in political science, psychology, sociology or a related discipline. They will have a working knowledge of various quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques and social science research methods. They will also be competent in using all basic Microsoft Office platforms including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Applicants must be available to work for the duration of the contract, and already hold the right to work in the UK.


  1. COURAGE… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks
  2. COLLABORATION… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems
  3. COMPASSION … because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives


  1. Demonstrable understanding of key trends in, and research approaches to, extremism, terrorism and societal cohesion.
  2. Enthusiasm and openness to developing subject knowledge and analytical skills.
  3. Independence and flexibility, including the ability to respond to changes to short and long-term priorities in a fast-paced professional environment.


  1. Guidance and mentorship
  2. Exposure to exciting projects with an international scope
  3. Opportunity to develop new skills and learn in a collaborative work environment
  4. Immersion in a fast moving and dynamic policy area