Internship Programme

Oxford Policy Management (OPM)

Oxford, , GB

Internship Programme 

Oxford Policy Management Limited (OPM) is one of the world’s leading international policy development consultancies. We enable strategic decision-makers in the public and private sector to identify and implement sustainable solutions for reducing social and economic disadvantage in low- and middle-income countries. Our clients include donors such as DFID, the United Nations family, the World Bank, NGOs, and a wide range of governments.  Further information on OPM’s work is available on our website at

Supported by a multinational team of more than 200 full-time specialists on three continents, our success is based on a unique combination of high-quality analysis and 30 years’ practical experience of facilitating positive change in over 120 countries worldwide.  The fields in which we operate range from health, education and the extractive industries through to public sector finance and administration, social welfare, and national statistical systems and household surveys.

OPM is seeking three interns for the 2020 intake for approximately 8-10 weeks during the summer (June to September 2020 inclusive) to work on a range of exciting research and consultancy projects in development. We are looking for skilled and enthusiastic candidates who have experience of working with strong quantitative data and/or survey experience.

Successful applicants would be expected to participate actively in a range of project activities and work closely with OPM consultants. They will develop their technical, research and analysis skills by working on projects and will gain experience working for and with development organisations. 

Possible project involvement would depend on the successful applicants’ interest, skills and experience and the work available at the time. However, all candidates will be required to have a strong background in quantitative analysis and research skills. The ability to use statistical software such as STATA is essential and this will be tested in the recruitment and selection process.

 Projects which previous OPM interns have worked on include:

  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis for an evaluation of an in-service teacher training programme in northern Nigeria;
  • Co-authoring a research paper and policy brief on issues in energy supply and access;
  • Quantitative data analysis for a nutrition programme using a quasi-experimental design;
  • Providing technical and managerial support to on-going business development activities (ex: support on a technical or financial proposal for a project bid).

In order to be considered, candidates should be eligible to meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) in first degree (bachelor’s) in Economics, Public Policy, Public Health, Development Studies, Data Science/Statistics or related fields (essential)
  • Completed or currently enrolled in an MSc/MPhil/MA/MPA/MPP/MPH or a PhD in one of these fields (essential)
  • The right to work in the UK for the duration of the internship.  (essential)
  • Previous relevant work experience (including internships or volunteering roles) would be beneficial as evidence of interest in International Development (preferred)
  • Available for the period between June and September 2020 and able to work consecutively for between 8 and 10 weeks. (essential)
  • Strong STATA skills (essential)

Please note that we will not be shortlisting candidates who do not fulfil the above criteria.

The recruitment process will include:

  • Submission of the application form including an uploaded two-page CV and a short cover letter of no more than an A4 page on this website. This is a screening requirement and applicants who have not adhered to these requirements will not be considered.
  • Applications open on Monday 17th February 2020 and close on Sunday 15th March 2020 at 11.59pm (UK time)
  • If successfully shortlisted, candidates will be invited to complete a test relating to their quantitative research skills using STATA.
  • Interviews in person or via skype;
  • Anticipated start date is from early June 2020 onwards but will depend on candidates’ availability.

This is a full time position. Interns will be based in our central Oxford office and can expect to be paid £16,000 pro rata for the placement. Candidates should be willing to undertake work-related travel to Africa, Asia, and other international locations if necessary. Please note our internship programme is not a guarantee of future employment with OPM, although successful candidates will be taken into account when considering future applications for our Assistant Consultant roles.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]
Please submit your application through the link below and not to the email address; it is for further information only. CVs sent to this email address will not be accepted.





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