Careers and Internships

Current Openings

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1. Research Assistants

LKI seeks Research Assistants with a background in economics, law or international relations. Research Assistants work with senior researchers to produce high quality, policy-relevant publications and programmes on Sri Lanka’s foreign relations and economic diplomacy. This is a rare opportunity for graduates with a keen interest in global affairs to develop expertise and a publication record on international relations or economics.

Qualifications

  • Highly motivated individual with an excellent first degree who have obtained first or upper second class honours or equivalent from a recognised university in a relevant discipline, and at least 1 year of relevant, full-time experience.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a post-graduate degree.
  • An ability to write in fluent, idiomatic English is essential.
  • Candidates should be able to multitask and meet deadlines, and handle various situations independently.
  •  Salary is negotiable.

Applications should be sent on or before 16 August 2021. Applications should be sent on or before the dates mentioned above, by email to programmes@lki.lk, or by post to the address below. Applicants should include a cover letter on their suitability for the position, and a CV (max. 5 pages) with the names and contact numbers of two non-related referees. Applications for Research positions should also include a list of publications, or a writing sample in English (max. 15 pages). Please apply to:

The Director – Administration and Finance
The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute
24 Horton Place
Colombo 7

 


2. Communications Officer

LKI seeks an experienced individual with outstanding communication skills to join LKI’s Communications team.

Duties

  • He/ She will write, design, produce and distribute public communications.
  • Respond to public, media, and online enquiries and Coordinate media coverage.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders and vendors.
  • Edit research produced by LKI, prior to publication, and funding proposals.
  • Update branding guidelines and communications policies of LKI.
  • Manage LKI’s Website and Social Media Platforms.

Qualifications

  • The position calls for a dynamic individual with outstanding English language and organisational skills.
  • A relevant degree is preferred.
  • Minimum two years of full-time experience in a communications-related role. Fluency in Sinhala and/or Tamil is an advantage.
  • Salary is negotiable.
  • Some experience with graphic design is preferred.

Applications should be sent on or before 16 August 2021. Applications should be sent on or before the dates mentioned above, by email to programmes@lki.lk, or by post to the address below. Applicants should include a cover letter on their suitability for the position, and a CV (max. 5 pages) with the names and contact numbers of two non-related referees.

The Director – Administration and Finance
The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute
24 Horton Place
Colombo 7


3. Programmes and Events Officer

LKI seeks a Programmes and Events Officer with proven work experience.

Duties

  • He/She should be able to coordinate arrangements for LKI events and external events held at LKI
  • Communicate with local and international partners and participants
  • Arrange logistics for events, and (if applicable) travel and accommodation of the participants
  • Produce invitations and programme materials and assisting with publicity
  • Liaise with prospective customers to hire the Auditorium and other hire facilities, maintain records of hire facilities and administrative files.

Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is essential.
  • Candidates should be able to multitask and meet deadlines, and handle various situations independently.
  • Salary is negotiable.
  • Additional language competencies in Sinhala/Tamil are highly desirable

Applications should be sent on or before 16 August 2021. Applications should be sent on or before the dates mentioned above, by email to programmes@lki.lk, or by post to the address below. Applicants should include a cover letter on their suitability for the position, and a CV (max. 5 pages) with the names and contact numbers of two non-related referees.

The Director – Administration and Finance
The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute
24 Horton Place
Colombo 7

 


Internship Programme

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

Interns are normally recent graduates, or enrolled in tertiary study. Communications and Programmes interns are occasionally school leavers with exceptional 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 Director at programmes@lki.lk. 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. When applying, please indicate your available dates to start and end an internship. Interns normally work for 3-9 months.

We regret that we can only respond to shortlisted applicants, whom we normally contact within 4 weeks of applying.

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.

 

As a student fresh out of secondary school, LKI gave me an opportunity to work closely with highly skilled individuals in the field of international relations which allowed me to gain fresh perspectives on issues of the current world.

Meera Sivasubramaniam

University of Melbourne, Australia

Growing up with the passion of pursuing a career in International Relations and Law, LKI turned out to be one of my strongest pillars, empowering my passion in this very field in countless ways.

Shihan Maharoof

Trinity College, Kandy

LKI proved to be the greatest stepping stone for me, as it introduced me to a career which, unlike others, gave me the opportunity to act independently and expand my networks. It is the best place for anyone who is looking for a highly active and intellectual working environment.

Mindula Bulumulla

University of Colombo

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

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
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