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

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored. This means that the funding for this internship is provided by two institutions at Harvard. The Primary Affiliation is with HGHI, and the Secondary Affiliation is with the IOP. The primary institute will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process, and applications for this placement will be processed by HGHI.

Please note HGHI's application instructions to ensure you meet all the requirements. The intern selected for this internship will have the benefits and obligations of an intern in both of programs.

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 HLP brings together partners with improvement and transformation experts and Londoners to work towards the common goals set out in Better Health for London, NHS Five Year Forward View and the Devolution agreement to ensure improvements are made.

HLP supports the development of an evidence base to help inspire London to be the best it can be, gathering insight and data, building on local successes and sharing learning and best practice. It also tackles issues best solved ‘once for London’ by pooling resources and attracting additional funding to specific London issues such as access to GPs. Our work is organised into transformational focus areas with our partner’s pooling 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.

HLP also provides the strategic challenge and infrastructure to make sure there is robust governance in place through the London Health Board and the London Health and Care Strategic Partnership Board.


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 and primary care) to enabling transformation (e.g. through digital solutions, supporting our workforce). 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 programmes and projects for the intern to work on 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, 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!
  • Experience and skills in analytical methods (i.e. economics, statistics, social research, health related disciplines and operational research techniques) and ability to provide timely analysis and intelligence.

Work Environment

Primarily office-based environment at the HLP offices on Marylebone Road in London. Travel across London will be required including to HLP others office sites at London Bridge (Mayor’s office) and Skipton House (Elephant and Castle). The intern will work alongside a project team.


On a scale of 0 to 5, the level of internship supervision from very little (0) to a great deal (5) will be a 2.

Special Instructions

In your personal statement, please answer the following questions: Why are you interested in city-level health and/or learning from the UK; and what skills and experiences would you offer to support transformational changes/improvements in health in London?

Additional Requirements

Most applicants would be required to get a UK visa.

2019 Intern Reflection:

This summer, I have been working with the Healthy London Partnership, the focus of which is to make London the healthiest global city through partnership work. The office has a diversity of teams covering major areas of health of concern to Londoners, ranging from healthy environments (pollution, active travel, healthy diet) to clinical care (cancer, end-of-life, dementia, mental health) to specialized focus & campaigns (children and young people, Thrive LDN, Good Thinking).

I think most people broadly interested in delivering public health goals can find something exciting at HLP; to me, the most important part has been the culture of a 'think tank' in the office, the ability to interact easily with people across professional interests, and the opportunity to be deeply engaged with projects of particular interest to me: developing a global benchmarking tool as an analytic and policy-based pursuit, evaluating the Good Thinking program for Londoners' mental wellbeing, and developing a business case for a London-wide self-management app for long-term conditions, which allowed me to better understand the landscape of medical delivery in the digital age.

Emily Radyte '20

2018 Intern Reflection:

This summer, I am interning at the Healthy London Partnership in London, England. The partnership works to address many aspects of health and social care for Londoners. I am working on two projects, one related to mental health and one related to childhood obesity. I was able to discuss and choose projects of interest to me, which really makes the work exciting and rewarding. Everyone at HLP has been wonderfully helpful and supportive.

Since starting my internship, I have learned a lot about the single-payer UK health care system and the public partnerships that are possible in this context. I find these particularly interesting when considering the contrast with the system in the US.

Stephanie Eble '19

London, England