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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 institutions: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, SOAS University of London, UCL Institute of Education, Birkbeck Geography Department, City, University of London, and Queen Mary University of London
  • Current postgraduate students at Brunel University London's Department of Social and Political Sciences and the Bartlett Development Planning Unit

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 Charine John, Communications and Administration Coordinator, or Gunn Benjaminsen, LIDC 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



Adrienne recently completed an MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development

"Working at LIDC was an exciting and enriching experience. As an intern I was able to align my communication and content development experience to the Action Against Stunting Hub’s outreach strategy. In doing so, I learnt a great deal about stunting and malnutrition in connection with a range of development issues and developed a multi-faceted approach for looking at global health challenges. Interning at LIDC also provided a helpful transition between undertaking a Masters degree and returning to a professional environment. Through collaborating with the team and having their support on projects, I gained confidence in my skills and ability to work in a development-focused organisation."


Aly Passanante (SOAS) (OCTOBER 2019)

Aly recently completed an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS.

"My LIDC internship experience was invaluable. I was afforded opportunities in research, communications, and event planning, allowing diverse perspectives of international development in practice. LIDC’s encouraging team creates space to lead on projects and offer suggestions with confidence. Furthermore, the Centre’s strong reputation as a trusted, collaborative, and multidisciplinary organization adds further credibility to skills developed. However, I believe the biggest asset of the internship is the network of innovative and passionate individuals you are introduced to. I’m incredibly grateful for the support and guidance I continue to receive from people I met through LIDC and look forward to remaining an active member of the LIDC community."

See Aly's LinkedIn here.

Patrice Crosbourne, LIDC intern


Patrice recently completed an MSc in Globalisation and Development.

"My time at LIDC was extremely beneficial, as it allowed me to gain valuable work experience and real-world skills. LIDC was a welcoming environment that continuously stimulated my interest in International Development and allowed me to grow both in a professional and personal sense. During my time here, I was trusted to work independently and had the opportunity to help with research, events and writing a blog post. This communications internship took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to try new things. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and am grateful for the opportunity."

See Patrice's LinkedIn here.

ALESSIA GASCO (Birkbeck) (APRIL 2019)

Alessia recently completed an LLM at Birkbeck, University of London.

"My LIDC internship was an eye-opening experience that I can confidently define as a milestone in my career. It gave me the opportunity to learn about high-quality research and meet exceptional professionals. But most of all, my placement challenged me and fed my desire to learn. It triggered my creativity and enhanced my research skills. I left this placement with an unbelievable amount of knowledge and a clearer idea of my potential and ambitions for the future. I am thankful for the time and the support that the Communications Manager and the entire team gave me. “

See Alessia's LinkedIn here.

Alessia Gasco, LIDC intern
Richa Gupta, LIDC intern

RICHA GUPTA (City, University of London) (April 2019)

Richa is currently studying for a MSc in Development and International Business at City, University of London.

"Interning at LIDC was a valuable and rewarding experience. The chance to attend events and see well-known speakers in a stimulating environment was a privilege. The internship has also given me valuable work experience whilst complementing my academic interests. No day was the same at LIDC as I was exposed to a wide range of work. This experience has helped me gain new skills and better myself both professionally and personally. Interns are trusted as valuable members of the team and my co-workers were extremely helpful and welcoming. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to intern at LIDC."

See Richa's LinkedIn here.


Sara was a Fulbright Scholar who 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.

Sara Dada, former LIDC intern
Mark Jahne, former LIDC intern


Mark was a Fulbright Scholar who undertook 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 did a Master’s in 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.

Amrin Nahar, former LIDC intern
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