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LIDC runs an internship for postgraduate students and recent graduates of master's courses. It is currently open to:

  • Postgraduate students and recent alumni of the following colleges: SOAS, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Birkbeck, UCL Institute of Education, Royal Veterinary College, Queen Mary and City, University of London
  • Current postgraduate students at UCL’s Development Planning Unit and King's College Department of International Development

This is because we aim to support students at our constituent colleges. Please ensure you have joined LIDC as a member before applying.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send your recent CV and a short motivation letter to the Communications Manager. Please indicate in your application in which month you would like to do the placement.


  • Create and maintain editorial calendar
  • Draft social media content for use across LIDC’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Build and update media lists
  • Prepare weekly digital media reports
  • Assist in administrative duties
  • Assist with event logistics

Recent interns


Sara is a Fulbright Scholar who recently completed the MSc (One Health) Programme through Royal Veterinary College and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

"My time at the LIDC was a very influential experience. Not only was I introduced to a wide variety of international development work, but I also gained valuable experience in social media and communications. By monitoring and drafting our social media content, I became well versed with both the relevant international development news and also the best practices in regards to sharing relevant and insightful content across a spread of social media platforms. I also had the opportunity to improve my own portfolio of work by writing and editing original blog content for the website. But the most valuable benefit from my time at the LIDC has been the network of development professionals it has opened to me and the confidence in my own work and expertise to approach them whether it be for an informal coffee chat or a collaborative research project. It has been very exciting to see the doors my experience at the LIDC has opened as I pursue my career, even after the last day of my internship".

See Sara's LinkedIn here.

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Mark is a Fulbright Scholar who is undertaking a Masters in Development Studies at SOAS: “I have greatly enjoyed the chance to work with the wonderful and experienced team at LIDC.  In my time with LIDC I’ve been exposed to the organization’s work from a variety of perspectives, including research, events, blogging, social media, and more, giving me an excellent look into the research side of international development.  I cannot recommend it enough to anyone looking to explore communications in a new and rewarding sector or to anyone looking to deepen their engagement with the latest research in the field of international development".

See Mark's LinkedIn here.


Amrin is a Master’s student of International Public Policy at QMUL:

"Working for the LIDC as the communications intern has been an incredibly enriching experience. I have learnt a huge amount about the day-to-day running of an international development organisation. It was also very interesting to learn how projects win funding, and how LIDC fosters partnerships to facilitate interdisciplinary research that tackles pressing development challenges. Gaining a foothold into the development sector can be quite tough as a student so I would highly recommend this position to others. The role has also allowed me to develop transferable skills in written communication and media relations".

See Amrin's LinkedIn here.

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Lynsey recently finished her Masters in Education, Gender and International Development at UCL's Institute of Education: “The internship at LIDC has been great, and the team are really warm and welcoming.

I got some great insight into the work of LIDC and the importance of interdisciplinary research.

I was able to do some of my own research for an event on Public Private Partnerships, an area of research that I am interested in.

It was also great to help with the comms and let people know about the great events organised by LIDC. My month went by so quickly, and I’d definitely do it again!”

See her Linkedin page here.