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UoM Policy Internships Programme

Following the 2019 Policy Boot Camp at the University of Manchester, many participants gained internships at a host of local and national organisations including GMCVO and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Paid at the living wage, these internships were designed to give participants the chance to put their thinking into practice and gain experience working on policy projects in the real world. Some of these internships have been paused or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some have gone ahead with remote working arrangements, including at the ECU.

Having been in my role for a few days now, I can confidently say that the boot camp has provided me with a robust framework for creating briefs and approaching urban issues from a professional standpoint

Bootcamp participant
who obtained an internship outside the the programme
Catch-up session with some current interns

The boot camp was comprised of people from different disciplines, and this has definitely helped me in my current internship, where I’m working with researchers who work on different aspects of climate policy

Pooja Kishinani
Bootcamp Participant and Intern at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Meet the Interns

James Pilkington

I have recently graduated with a degree in economics and politics. While these subjects felt quite far apart from each other at times, modules in public policy always linked the two together. The Policy Boot Camp built on these modules and offered a platform to develop real practical skills beyond the theory. Through the boot camp, I have had the opportunity to work as an intern at the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) and have constantly been learning of the challenges facing the third sector. Recently, I have been researching the political, economic, social and technological impacts that will arise from the coronavirus pandemic – outlining the new operating environment that will face third sector organisations as a result. Contact me on LinkedIn, or by email

Pooja Kishinani

I’m a final year Politics, Philosophy and Economics student interested in climate action and local governance. Although I took policy-based modules in my first two years at university, the Policy Boot Camp was a unique experience which helped me understanding some of the intricacies of policy-making. I’m currently an intern at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, where I conduct research on climate ‘co-benefits’ which are the additional benefits (e.g. improved public health, increased energy savings) obtained from reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project I’m working on examines whether or how combined authorities in the UK have incorporated ‘co-benefits’ in their climate action plans. In addition to climate policy, I’m also interested in looking at social and economic policy challenges through a gendered lens. I wrote a blog on my experience of the Policy Boot Camp here. Find me on twitter, or send me an email.

Hannah Vallance

I’ve just completed my Masters in Human Rights Law, and the Policy Boot Camp was actually my first exposure to the world of policy. It was multifaceted, complex and fast-paced, and provided the perfect precursor  for understanding the policy-making process. I began interning at Policy@Manchester at the end of June, helping the institute to connect academics with stakeholders and policy-makers to enhance an interdisciplinary dialogue around contemporary global issues. I’m currently working on a publication that platforms their work on COVID19, covering the vast socio-economic and civic implications of the virus. I’m also interested in housing policy, specifically the ramifications of the commodification of social housing. Contact me on LinkedIn,  or read my Undergraduate Dissertation.

Shane Green

For me, the boot camp was an amazing opportunity for students to gain some real-world, practical skills. It challenged me to think fast and work efficiently to produce solutions to problems policy makers across the U.K. face. I learned humility in recognising that your ideas being rejected is not personal but part of the process, policy is a collaborative effort therefore you must get on board immediately or else you will struggle to make a meaningful contribution to projects. Through the boot camp, I secured an initial 3 month internship working at Metro Dynamics. The company acts as a consultant primarily advising local councils with their economic strategies. Get in touch via an email or on LinkedIn.

Jack Collicutt

I’m about to enter the final year of my bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations. I was first exposed to the practical considerations of policymaking on a module for my course, but participating in the first iteration of the boot camp organised by cfgm forced me to apply what I had learnt academically to incredibly relevant issues affecting the city of Manchester – the homelessness crisis and the climate crisis. I began this internship at the start of July and will be working with Reuben to compile the policy actors resource, as well as on future projects related to it. I’m interested in policies on the Net Zero 2050 objective, and improving citizen participation in policymaking.

Reuben Williamson

One of my first experiences with the world of policy was the 2019 boot camp organised at UoM. It was fast-paced, exciting, and I felt like we were tackling some of the most important issues facing Manchester today. I began interning at in June 2020 and I’m currently working on a resource to map and scope-out different policy organisations across the country, with a particular focus on Manchester. I’m also working on the website, so if there’s any problems please send me an email. Policy-wise, I’m interested in climate change, housing and cities. To get in touch, send me an email, find me on Twitter and have a look at my blog.

Matthew Suddart

I am entering my final year as an undergraduate studying politics. Before coming to University, I served as a Local Councillor for just under two years. I saw first-hand the effect that good policymaking had on residents I was elected to serve, but unfortunately, I also witnessed how bad policymaking can lead to adverse outcomes for those that need the most help. The ability to change someone’s life through policy for better or worse gives me the hunger and desire to create good policy that will be at the benefit of all society. I was delighted to secure an opportunity to work at The Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations, where I can develop my knowledge of policymaking in an industry that helps some of the most vulnerable people. I have recently been working on supporting the Local Access Programme, which aims to support the development of stronger, more resilient and sustainable social economies in disadvantaged places, with my focus being on housing, sport, and wellbeing policy across Greater Manchester.

Get in touch via LinkedIn or by email.

We are looking for policy organisations to partner with us

We are looking for organisations to partner with us on our internships program, future policy bootcamps, and on our policy work. If your organisation is interested, or wants to find out more, please email Jay.

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