TDRI offers a hands-on internship experience where you can learn from professionals and get a real taster of what it’s like to be a policy researcher.
Our Internship Programme
Public Policy Workshop
Unfamiliar with the field of public policy research? Our internship programme has got you covered! We provide a comprehensive introduction to the subject, including an overview of the policy-making process and the way in which disciplines like economics and law intersect with public policy.
Academic Roundtable Discussion
Enjoy a selection of informal, intellectual discussions with our scholars. Learn about their latest research findings and insights on current issues in Thailand, including climate change and inequality, and have a chance to share your insights and ask any questions.
Be in the room where it happens, helping make it happen. Work closely with TDRI staff on real-world issues facing Thailand and gain hands-on experience through activities such as conducting literature reviews, participating in on-site interviews with policy makers, analysing field data and formulating policy recommendations.
“I really felt like I learned a lot during the internship. My seniors were very supportive and took the time to give me feedback that helped improved my work. I was also very impressed with the variety and frequency of training opportunities available. During the short internship period, I was able to attend 2 book talks and a panel on cybersecurity from an economic perspective with industry-leading CEOs”
“The work at TDRI can be challenging, but that is what makes it so rewarding. You may feel a sense of accomplishment when you successfully complete a project or contribute to significant research finding. At the end of the day, seeing the positive impact of your work on society can be incredibly inspiring. You may feel motivated to continue working towards making a positive impact and strive for excellence in all your future endeavours.”
“The internship at TDRI stimulated my interest and steered my career path towards policy research. During the internship, I felt included as part of the team, not just as an intern, and performed tasks that a full-time researcher is expected to perform. The people at TDRI are among the friendliest and I learned tremendously from them, both in terms of analytical thinking and research skills. It was the best internship experience that one could ask for.”
What we’re looking for
Thirst and passion for knowledge
We expect that everyone at TDRI takes the initiative to learn. To facilitate this, we will support you in procuring books and learning courses.
Dedication to evidence-based policy research
Our success depends on our researchers’ commitment to deliver high quality work, despite the constraints and limitations. We use evidence to support our policy recommendations and not the other way round.
Respect for individual diversity and team spirit
We encourage independence of thought, balanced with being respectful of each other’s opinion, in order to foster an environment conducive towards good teamwork.
Integrity with public-mindedness
We uphold neutrality when facing any political and ideological divisions. We communicate and collaborate with integrity for the public’s best interest.
We look for applicants currently undertaking or is a recent graduate of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Although around half of our research staff have a background in economics, we welcome applicants from all fields of studies as long as they have a growth mindset, are public minded and ready to learn.
How we’ll support you
Generous benefits to help you become the best version of yourself…
Flexible Work Hours
We trust you. That’s why we give you a lot of freedom to decide when and where you work. This way you can be in your most productive setting and spend more time with your family.
We never go a month without inviting top minds from Thailand and internationally to give talks on timely topics of their expertise. We also have a book club where you can share your favourite readings while refining your presentation skills.
Our office features a gym and yoga studio. We have a badminton and football club, playing weekly.
How to Apply
1. Submit your Documents
We want to get to know you! Tell us about your experiences through your CV and transcript. Submitting a cover letter and samples of your previous work would also be helpful.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an application deadline?
TDRI accepts Interns throughout the year, however the TDRI Internship Programme applications are accepted on a rolling basis until May 31st 2023. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience!
What are the TDRI's policies on working from home?
Most teams at TDRI operate on a hybrid basis, and the mix between work-from-home and work-from-office differs by team.
How do I travel to TDRI?
You can reach us by car and take advantage of our ample parking space. For those using public transportation, we offer a complimentary pick-up service from the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT station and the Airport Rail Link Ramkhamhaeng station at 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM respectively. Additionally, we provide a drop-off service at 4:35 PM and 5:45 PM respectively.
Is TDRI a government agency?
TDRI is a non-profit organization, not a government agency. We are governed by a board of directors and a board of trustees composed of leading experts in various fields, such economics, business, law, technology, media, and public policy.