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Consultant Internship Programme

12 weeks - paid


When applying, please specify whether you are applying for the London internship, or the opportunity commencing in London then continuing in the the Netherlands.


Want to make a real difference to people's lives? Are you looking for responsibility, hands-on consulting experience and unique training opportunities? Not afraid to fail, learn fast and work hard?

We are proud do-gooders. Our purpose is to make things better for people, bit by bit... by bit (fast and incremental i.e. in an Agile way). We get our kicks out of helping to transform organisations and developing true improvement cultures. We are happy when an organisation doesn’t need us anymore and can drive their change themselves.

Basis is looking for top graduates to provide:

  1. analyst support to projects helping London’s public sector to improve faster and better

  2. operational support to further develop Basis (business plan, marketing, research) in support of our management team

This unique opportunity will give you first-hand experience of transformation in the public sector, the chance to attend the same training as our consultants, and the opportunity to develop practical skills whilst making a real impact.

You will gain exposure to real projects as part of your internship. You will learn how to complete key consultancy tasks, such as:

  • Mapping and analysing processes and structures to identify opportunities for improvement

  • Completing financial and cost analysis

  • Organising and supporting workshops

  • Gathering data to develop findings and conclusions

Some of the work will be on client site, where you will gain unique first-hand experience of how transformation works within local government.

So what can you expect from us?

  • A minimum of two days training in organisational improvement methods

  • Two hours of coaching/mentoring each week, provided by one of the Basis managing directors or the Basis project lead

  • Direct client work – not hidden in the background

  • A variety of tasks and assignments

  • Regular feedback to support quick learning cycles

  • £21,216 per annum, pro-rata

And what do we expect from you?

You will need to be a graduate with a minimum 2:1 degree or be penultimate year student on track for 2:1 Bachelor Degree (or an international equivalent) with a strong academic record

As a person, we need you to be:

  • Committed - the work you are involved in will have a real impact on real people’s lives

  • Self-motivated and able to work using your own initiative

  • Enthusiastic and keen to develop practical business skills in a public sector environment

  • Passionate and professional in your work - you must enjoy working hard within a team of both clients and fellow consultants, in a collaborative and supportive environment

  • Organised and adaptable - used to working to tight deadlines and have an eye for detail

We will also expect you to have the following skills/knowledge

  • A basic understanding of the organisation of the UK public sector and its challenges

  • Some experience of analysing processes, systems or finances

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal (in English)

  • Keen interest in feedback and development with a focus on putting learning into action

  • An understanding of business management principles

  • Competent user of Microsoft Office Suite with an ability to learn new technology quickly

You will also need to demonstrate relevant extra-curricular experience

Other expectations, but not essential:

  • Previous internship or work experience is a strong advantage

  • Demonstration of social commitment and cultural & diversity awareness is an advantage

Interested in finding out more?

Please take a look at our website www.basis.co.uk for more information about what we do.  

If you would like to apply, please email recruitment@basis.co.uk your CV. In the accompanying email, please tell us what drives your interest in improving public services (max 1000 words).

Our process for selection

Applications are now open for immediate start.

You will be taken through a structured recruitment process which includes:

  • Initial CV and written submission

  • A Skype or Face to face interview

Graduate Programme

This internship might also help you evaluate if public sector transformation, and our own graduate programme, is of interest to you.

If interested, those participating in our internship will be able to apply for our graduate programme – an innovative 12 month graduate public service consulting programme and automatically go to the second stage of the selection process.