Internships with the Cities Programme

In July 2011 the Cities Programme established an internship program for undergraduate and post-graduate students. This has proved to be a very successful development with interns now adding a valuable dimension to the Programme, our team culture and the type of support we can provide participating cities; which now includes participation in small, quality targeted research projects.


This internships suits people with strong written communication and research skills and a keen interest in international development and sustainability.  It is applicable to a range of educational programs with an international development or urban planning focus.  You need to be mature, able to work with a high degree of autonomy and show initiative but also be able to work in a team and with guidance.

Secondary language skills are well regarded.

What would you do?

The role often includes participation in an academic research project, specific to innovating cities and urban sustainability. The focus of the project is negotiated around your interests and aims to increase research skills and knowledge of the field and has the potential to be the basis for further research. It will be guided and supervised by an academic staff member and may result in a co-authored academic paper.  It is often best if this research forms the basis of post-graduate thesis. Working towards academic publishing is strongly encouraged. This takes a much longer period and will extend beyond the period of the internship.

The internship may also include a range of administrative and communication activities to develop your project management skills and understanding of the requirements of administering and building an international programme. In some cases this may be the principle focus depending on professional interest.


The internship is generally undertaken over a three month period for three days a week or equivalent. Its is often taken over a longer period for less days per week. This is negotiable.


You are required to apply in writing, expressing why you are interested in undertaking the internship, your career aspirations, research interests etc and provide a CV. You will receive a follow up email and if shortlisted, undertake an interview.

Is it paid?

No, interns do not recieve a wage. They do however  receive an honorarium to cover travel and meal costs.


We have been fully subscribed with interns since first opening the program so have not set another intake date. However, please feel to forward an email expressing your interest to Programme Manager, Elizabeth Ryan. Interns are often selected based on the match between their skill set and interest and the projects and opportunities on offer at the time of enquiry.