Are you interested in learning how we apply economics in some of the most vital and dynamic sectors of the UK economy?
Each summer Ofcom runs an internship scheme aimed at economics students who have an interest in Ofcom’s activities and in gaining an insight into the career of an applied economist in the modern commercial world.
The successful interns will work with us for 6 to 8 weeks during Summer 2019 (July and August). The role's are available in both our London and Edinburgh offices and the salary is at the level of the London Living Wage.
Within Ofcom we work in multi-disciplinary teams, so you will have the chance to work with experienced economists, lawyers and policy makers and see how economics is applied in real world scenarios. In past years, interns have helped us on projects such as: the BBC, spectrum auctions (for 4G and 5G), research into various media advertising markets, and the nature of competition in mobile and broadband services.
How the scheme works
Each Intern is assigned to one of our ‘live’ policy projects – this project will most likely relate to any of our regulated industries i.e. spectrum, broadcasting, post, consumer issues, internet or telephony.
In past years, we have also asked our Interns to work as a group on a separate project which they then present to the Economist Team as a whole. Last year, the interns did a special project for our Chief Executive helping her develop her speech on Women in the Economics Profession. Link to speech: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/speeches/2018/solving-economics-gender-puzzle
We like to ensure that the interns feel comfortable and supported on our scheme, so as well as having a line manager, we operate a supportive buddy system, whereby Interns are each paired up with one of our Graduate Economists. This also helps the interns learn about the Ofcom Graduate Economist scheme and whether they would be interested in applying for this after finishing their studies.
A series of seminars is arranged so that you can learn about issues across the variety of sectors we regulate (even if you are not working on a project in these areas) and we also arrange meetings with, and shadowing of, senior staff in the organisation.
Requirements of the Intern Scheme
You will be in the penultimate or final year of an undergraduate degree in an economics subject (expected minimum 2:1).
For mixed degrees at least 50% should be in economics.
To apply, please complete the application form and submit your CV and a covering letter detailing what unique offering you will bring to this placement and what you hope to be able to take from an internship at Ofcom.
Thursday 31 January 2019