BASIC Placement Programme (London, Spring 2018)

DEADLINE: 4th May 2018

BASIC is a small, London-based think tank that takes an open, inclusive and dialogue-based approach to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons.

We are offering a volunteer placement from April/May 2018 - July/August 2018 to a talented individual who wants to see meaningful and innovative progress in nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament.

BASIC volunteers gain an understanding of many of the current issues in international security, familiarity with the arms control communities in Europe and the United States, an understanding of employment opportunities in the field, a first-hand view of how a small think tank influences international media coverage and national policy formulation, and exposure to the challenges and responsibilities of international networking. Volunteer responsibilities include researching and writing articles and reports; helping to organise strategic dialogues, roundtables, conferences and panels; and monitoring and updating our website and online communications channels.

We aim to support our volunteers throughout their placement period, and allow you to leave BASIC with a good understanding of working life in a think tank and to confidently explore policymaking in nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament issues. You are encouraged to attend hearings and briefings from colleagues, monitor arms control meetings and news websites, and learn the skills to perform the various administrative tasks inherent to think tank work.

The position will run from early late April / early May – late July / early August (dates flexible), 2-4 days per week. This is a voluntary position, but local travel expenses and lunch expenses can be reimbursed.

We’re looking for someone with:

•  An excellent academic record and relevant degree. Most of our volunteers hold postgraduate degrees, but we do occasionally consider candidates with undergraduate degrees.

•  Strong analytical, research, writing, and organisational skills, and emotional intelligence.

•  An established interest in transatlantic security and nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament issues, demonstrated through previous professional, voluntary or academic experience.  

Desirable skills:

•  Online and offline communications

•  Website management and web content

•  Event coordination

•  Small teams

Applications must include:

1) A cover letter, which should state:

•  Why you are interested in a placement at BASIC, and specifically which projects or programme of work interests you;

•  Your academic background and interests;

•  When you are available to start and how many days a week you wish to work;

•  What skills and experience you can bring to the organisation.

2) Your CV/resume;

3) A recent writing sample (1,000–1,500 words maximum). This can be either an extract from an essay or article; and

4) The names and contact information of two references

The application deadline is 4th May at 17:00. Please email your application to  with your name and “Volunteer Application".

Visas/work permits:

BASIC cannot help applicants obtain visas or permits.

BASIC is an equal opportunities employer.

If you are a recruiter or a recruitment website, please contact a member of BASIC staff before re-posting our job opportunities on your own site.