Healthy London Partnership (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute)

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the Harvard GHI; applications should be submitted through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. 

The Healthy London Partnership is a public sector partnership that works across organizations to support health and care transformation in London. We work across London’s local government, National Health Service ‘commissioners’ (payers), the Mayor’s office, Public Health England and Health Education England to achieve our shared vision of making London the healthiest major global city.

The NHS cannot achieve this goal alone and is working with partner organizations to ensure improvements are made. London has been on a journey to securing devolution of health and care powers, decision-making and resources from national organizations and central government to the London system. The London Health and Care Devolution Agreements, endorsed by government in 2015 and 2017, provide a blueprint for partnership working to help make London a healthier city where health and care services meet the needs of individual Londoners.

Our work is organized into transformational focus areas. All partners pooled funding to undertake transformational change across London, through clinical and enabler programmes, Each programme aims to solve a different heath and care challenge faced by the capital. All aim to make prevention of ill health and the delivery of healthcare high quality, more joined up, and more consistent across the city.


Specific Summer Project

Our work is organized into transformational focus areas, varying from the prevention of ill health (e.g. action on childhood obesity, smoking) to healthcare delivery (e.g. cancer, urgent and emergency care, mental health) to enabling transformation (e.g. through digital solutions, supporting our workforce, etc.). Each programme aims to solve a different health and care challenge faced by the capital.

Our priorities and focus areas may change during this year as we close down completed projects and programmes and respond to the changing needs of Londoners. Based on the expected needs and priority areas we will select a variety of programs and projects for the intern to then choose from based on their interest. There will also be the opportunity for the intern to work across the portfolio of work if desired.


This will be project-dependent but is likely to include elements of research, data analysis, and patient/clinical engagement to inform the development of recommendations for partners.


  • Experience with health policy desirable
  • Interest in urban policy or knowledge of UK healthcare system would be highly relevant.
  • Overall we are looking for enthusiastic and hardworking interns who are keen to learn and contribute to our efforts to help London become the healthiest global city!

Work Environment:

Primarily office-based environment, either based in London Bridge (Mayor’s office) or the HLP offices on Marylebone Road. The intern will work alongside the team.


On a scale from 0 (very independent) to 10 (very supervised), this internship will be about a 4.5.

Specific Application Instructions: Please address the following question in your personal statement:

Why are you interested in city-level health and/or learning from the UK?

Additional Requirements:

Most applicants would be required to get a UK visa.

Intern Reflection:

This summer, I am interning at the Healthy London Partnership - London Health and Care Devolution Programme at City Hall in London, England. The partnership aims to optimize and transform health and social care in London through joining together local London governments, the National Health Service, Greater London Authority, Public Health England, and Health Education England. As an intern, I am contributing towards the Devolution Programme's initiatives to integrate health and social care within the city and support preventative programs that target issues like childhood obesity, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

Stephanie Ying '18 

London, England
International, Public Health, Research