Manchester, England

This IOC Fellowship awards one Boston University undergraduate student the opportunity to spend the summer working with the City of Manchester, England, within the office of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). Applicants must be in their junior year or seniors entering graduate school at Boston University.

GMCA delivers policy, strategy and research for Greater Manchester’s economic growth and prosperity.

Manchester is the leader in developing the new metropolitan government structure for English cities. Metropolitan governments are being given greater powers by the national government but must adopt a directly elected mayor form of government. Manchester’s first directly elected mayor takes office in May 2017 and so the Fellow will take part in the creation of its new structure of government.

Manchester is a vibrant city with great arts and nightlife. It is close to outstanding areas of natural beauty including the Lake District, the Peak District and North Wales.

Qualified interns will have:

  • Knowledge of basic European and British politics
  • Experience in comparative analysis
  • Strong research skills
  • Familiarity with inclusive growth strategies
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Additional European foreign language skills preferred, not required

Responsibilities/Terms of Award:

  • Fellow will work a minimum of 35 hours per week for the entire eight weeks.
  • Fellow will participate in a roundtable discussion held at the BU IOC in Fall 2018 to share his or her experience working in city government
  • Fellow must complete a 2,000 word report by August 31, 2018 highlighting the project(s) he or she worked on over the course of the summer. This report should emphasize the Fellow’s core focus for the summer, their project’s impact as well as lessons learned. You are encouraged to incorporate interactive elements, including video and photography.
  • Fellow will receive all but $500 of their stipend at the beginning of the summer. The final $500 to be awarded upon completion of your report.

The Fellow will be awarded a $4,000 stipend for an eight-week appointment from June to August, 2018. Students will also receive a round trip ticket from a major US city to Manchester. Housing is the responsibility of the student during his/her time in England.

Application: Applications for Summer 2018 are now closed. Please check back in Fall of 2019 for next year’s application.

Please compile all application materials into a single PDF, labeled with your name, and attached to a cover email describing your interests and why this opportunity appeals to you.

  1. Current resume or CV
  2. Unofficial copy of your academic transcript
  3. Brief essay (no more than 500 words) identifying a problem or need you believe exists in Manchester and a proposed remedy or set of remedies that would address the need. Be sure to clearly identify what issue this program addresses, how it will impact residents and how you would implement it.
  4. Two references, including at least one academic reference. Please provide name, title, organization, phone number and email address.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been awarded the Fellowship.