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TPP - IPU Intern

Job Reference tbigc/TP/5126/682 #LI-AG1

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Focus of the Role

The technological revolution is the central issue for modern, progressive policymakers. Properly managed it can help build a better and more equal society for everyone. But achieving this vision requires a determined effort to understand the new reality, flexible thinking to resolve new challenges arising, and pragmatic solutions that balance competing interests.

Our Technology and Public Policy (TPP) programme exists to help policymakers master the implications of the technology revolution and deliver progressive policy and strategy for the 21st century.

The Internet Policy Unit (IPU) sits within TPP and investigates areas such as; internet governance, data protection and privacy, cybersecurity, technology geopolitics, AI governance, platform governance, Web3, regulation and taxation.

Job Introduction

We are looking for an intern to join us within the Internet Policy Unit in Singapore, and help us deliver our mission to develop politically actionable policy and strategy. You will report to the Policy Lead – Digital Governance and Rights who is based in Singapore but also collaborate with the wider team and Institute. The role will investigate internet policy issues with a specific focus on the impact within the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Eight weeks, flexible but preference for full time (35 hours/week)
  • Paid internship (£11/hr)
  • Based in Singapore, unfortunately no assistance will be provided for relocation

Key Responsibilities

The key objectives for the role are to:

  • Develop high-quality research to support policy that looks at the challenges and opportunities presented by the internet
  • Participate in discussions with the people within TPP and the wider Institute and provide notes and support where required
  • Learn about how policy and public advocacy works in a global non-profit
  • Understand TBI working culture and how best to work with colleagues across a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Contribute to internal and external reports, publish work and participate in the

The responsibilities 

A day in the life of an intern will be varied but these are some of the things you can expect:

  • Desk research to support the development of policy briefings, blogs, notes or longer reports
  • Video calls with your colleagues to collectively problem-solve issues
  • External meetings with various stakeholders

Person Specification

We’re looking for people who are passionate about the internet, technology, and society and where it’s heading. We’re interested in ideas and a motivation to find answers to some of the world’s greatest challenges and opportunities. You don’t need to have a lot of practical experience, but you need to be willing to dive into issues that might not have clear solutions.

  • Must have authorisation to work in Singapore
  • Can be an undergraduate, graduate or recent graduate or
  • Ideally is fluent in another language (preferably Mandarin)
  • Keen, creative, energetic and takes initiative


About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies. We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people  

We do this within two connected divisions: 

 Government Advisory 

Our Government Advisory teams work directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It works with a variety of partners and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia.

 Policy Futures 

Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas: 

  • Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics; 
  • Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and 
  • Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world. 

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\'re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.