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Policy and Practice Internship

The Centre for Global Education invites applications for an internship that will involve supporting publication of our peer-reviewed, open access, bi-annual journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review. Now in its 16th year of publication, Policy and Practice aims to widen understanding of the delivery and effectiveness of development education at local and international levels. It aims to share good practice in development education and enhance the policy environment in which it operates.  Development education is understood as the process of enhancing knowledge and understanding of the underlying causes of poverty and inequality, and supporting active citizenship.

Policy and Practice is informed by values including social justice, equality and interdependence and is based on the concept of education as an agent of positive social change. The journal espouses the idea of praxis – a process of analysis, reflection and action – that enables the learner to become an active citizen at local and global levels.

Policy and Practice is the only development education journal published in Ireland and is funded by Irish Aid, the government body responsible for overseas aid and global citizenship education. It is published on a stand-alone web platform ( and in 2020 received 149,000 unique visitors from across the world. Policy and Practice has also generated 3,143 citations in books and other journals underpinning its value in supporting research, article writing and publications.

Summary of Responsibilities

The internship will involve assisting the editor in the following tasks:

  • Processing articles from the commissioning to publication stages;
  • Maintaining the journal web site by uploading new issues of the journal, and updating other pages as necessary;
  • Promoting the journal and broadening the local and international readership;
  • Liaising with authors, reviewers and members of the journal’s Editorial Group and International Editorial Board;
  • Updating the database of journal citations and compiling reports on use of the web site.

The internship represents an ideal opportunity to gain useful work experience on a highly valued publication in a development organization with national and international partners and projects.

Essential and Desirable Criteria

Essential criteria are as follows:

  • Proven research experience to postgraduate level;
  • Competency in Information and Communication Technology with a minimal required knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Strong commitment to and interest in development education;
  • Good organisational skills.

Desirable Criteria are as follows:

  • Research experience in development education or development studies;
  • Experience in web maintenance;
  • Work experience in a development organisation;
  • Published writing in a journal or book.


Terms and Conditions

The intern will be expected to work 7 hours per week and will be remunerated at £400 per month. The internship will begin on 1 February 2022 or as soon as possible, and will have a duration of at last six months.  The work can be carried out from home.  The intern will be line managed by Stephen McCloskey, the Director of the Centre for Global Education and Editor of Policy and Practice.


Expressions of Interest

Interested applicants should send a letter (maximum 350 words) detailing suitability for the internship with a CV (maximum 2 pages) and contact details for two referees by 5pm on Friday, 14 January 2022. Please send by e-mail to  For further information contact:  

Stephen McCloskey


Centre for Global Education 9 University Street

Belfast BT7 1FY

Tel: (0044) 28 90241879



Further reading

Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review


Policy and Practice: Database of Citations


Policy and Practice Evaluation Report 2018


December 2021

Policy and Practice is funded by Irish Aid.


Please note that the ideas and comments expressed in Policy and Practice are entirely the responsibility of the Centre for Global Education and do not necessarily represent the views of Irish Aid.