Careers and Internships

Current Openings

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LKI seeks high-achieving and self-motivated candidates who meet the criteria for the following positions.

  1. Research Fellows
  2. Research Associates
  3. Events Officer

Internship Programme

Our internship programme provides practical experience to highly motivated individuals who wish to pursue a career in international affairs, public policy, or in the non-profit sector. Depending on their interests and backgrounds, interns may work in one or more of 4 areas: Research; Communications (including both print and online platforms); Programmes (coordinating research activities and events); and Library (assisting in the development of LKI’s library).

Applicants should be recent graduates, or currently enrolled in tertiary studies. The Communications and Programmes internships occasionally consider applications from school leavers with outstanding academic results. Applicants should be able to write clearly and fluently in English, and preferably also have local or foreign language skills. Attention to detail, initiative, and the ability to meet deadlines are essential.

To apply, please email a cover letter and CV (listing two referees) to the Deputy Director at If you are interested in a Research internship, please also include a writing sample that shows your ability to think critically and construct a logical argument. We especially welcome interns with research interests in international affairs, including international politics, international economics, maritime affairs, security, climate change and the environment, human rights, and gender.

When applying, please indicate the dates on which you are available to start and end an internship at LKI. Interns normally work for 3-9 months.

Full-time interns without external funding receive a modest daily honorarium. Inquiries from overseas are welcome, although special arrangements would apply for non-Sri Lankans. We regret that we can only respond to shortlisted applicants, whom we would normally contact within 4 weeks of applying.

Work Shadowing Programme

LKI’s Work Shadowing Programme aims to inform highly motivated students who are considering a career in international affairs, public policy or the non-profit sector. This unpaid learning experience offers the opportunity to understand how a think tank functions by allowing successful applicants to shadow staff members at LKI, normally for a period of one week.

The programme aims to help students to:

  • Gain an insight into the day-to-day activities of a think tank team and understand the responsibilities of think tank professionals;
  • Decide where their future career interests lie; and
  • Make contacts within the sector and potentially explore further work experience or opportunities.

The programme offers an introduction to various areas, ranging from research and programmes to communications and administration. To register your interest in LKI’s Work Shadowing Programme, please email a cover letter and resume (listing two referees) to the Deputy Director at

Statement of Equal Opportunity

LKI does not discriminate against any applicant on the ground of an individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, creed, sex, disabled status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other status protected by law.

When I look back on my internship at the LKI, I am nothing but grateful, as I experienced a definite learning curve both professionally and academically.

Senanee Abeyawickrama

NYU Abu Dhabi
During my internship I was thankful for the level of responsibility handed to me, and was able to gain confidence in independently carrying out the allocated tasks. Furthermore, LKI’s small size afforded me the possibility to interact with all staff, and participate and gain knowledge of all the areas of the organization.

Ramesh Ganohariti

Leiden University, Netherlands
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