Policy Intern

Country Land and Business Association

Belgravia, London (some flexibility)
£25,000 pa, pro rata

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract


Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Thursday, 14th July 2022  

Contract: 6 months, Fixed Term

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has been championing the interests of rural England and Wales for over 100 years. We campaign to grow the rural economy, strengthen rural communities and provide a greener future for the next generation – all whilst providing a first class service to our members.

The CLA has an exciting opportunity to join their professional policy and advice team on a 6-month fixed term contract in a policy internship. Rural businesses are at the heart of key policies related to food, farming, forestry, energy and the environment and need to have strong voice in these discussions. The rural economy has the potential to deliver much more with the right policies.

The role will suit a graduate who understands the varied needs of rural businesses and would like to shape future policies. You will have an opportunity to get involved in policy work related to land use, agriculture, forestry and the environment, energy, rural housing and much more, working alongside experienced policy colleagues. The work will include creation of robust evidence, data analysis and development of policies. You will work with the CLA team, CLA members and liaise with a range of government departments. Previous successful applicants have taken up policy roles in Defra and National Trust.

How we work

We offer a friendly working environment in the heart of London, a supportive and passionate team, and a very varied job with opportunities for learning new skills.

You will be expected to uphold the CLA’s values of respect, leadership, teamwork, integrity, and professionalism in everything you do. This will include participating actively in team events and business planning.

The post is office-based, although there are opportunities for flexible working.

What we can offer

The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include;

  • Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employer's contribution of up to 10% of salary
  • Work place benefits such as payment of flu vaccinations, eye tests and option for Payroll Giving
  • Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme
  • Discount offers at over 800 retailers
  • Access to a private 24 hour GP service

For further information or a full job description, please call or email Susan Twining, Chief Land Use Policy Adviser on [email protected] / 07970 525758.

Application process

We would love to hear from applicants from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team. To apply please send a covering letter, setting out how you meet the criteria and CV to [email protected] by Thursday 14th July at 10am.

First interviews are due to take place on MS Teams on 21st/22nd July.

Second stage interviews are due to take place in our London office on 27th and 29th July.

If you cannot attend these dates, then please state in your application.

The start date for this role is for late August / early September.