Job Role:

Graduate Internship Programme (Currently closed for applications)

Our six-month internship programme offers graduates a fantastic opportunity to gain career-enhancing experience, with the prospect of securing a permanent role in the team on completion.

Who we are and what we do

Cognosis are a London-based boutique strategy consultancy. We unlock revenue growth potential for businesses and brands.

We are a small but experienced business; for over 20 years, we’ve been igniting growth for clients across more than 60 countries.

Our specialism is building commercially credible growth strategies that engage leaders and their teams. This means our work centres on competitor, portfolio and group-wide business strategy.

We work across multiple sectors with many exciting and instantly recognisable clients and brands. Recent projects have seen us working with ABInBev, Odeon, Clarks, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Sport England and AkzoNobel.

Find out more about what we do and who we work with here.

The opportunity

We believe that our size, coupled with our fantastic client base, puts us in a position to offer you an exceptional internship experience. Expect intellectually engaging, varied work, and an opportunity to be close to the action.

We work with board level clients as well as strategy, marketing and innovation teams. Client interactions are frequent and, as a small firm, there is a tangible prospect of gaining exposure to some truly interesting people and brands during your internship.

You will get to know your new colleagues quickly and find them generous with their time and experience; we are not big on hierarchy at Cognosis and everyone’s contribution is valued.

All in all, our interns tell us that the experience they have gained on our programme has been invaluable.

What to expect

The work landscape has changed considerably over the past six months, but at Cognosis we are used to effective virtual working, having worked with overseas clients from our London offices for many years. During lockdown, we swiftly adapted our service offerings to enable us to deliver the same great service to clients on a fully remote basis.

Our return to the office begins on a gradual basis in the Autumn and we envisage operating the internship programme on a partially remote basis, with some opportunities for face to face training alongside home-based working.

From week one, you will join one of our project teams and have the opportunity to start making a contribution to our client work. You will be assigned a mentor and take part in our intern induction programme, which runs alongside practical work experience to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

No two projects are the same, but your role will typically involve research, reviewing and structuring strategic documents, and analysing data. You will be presenting and explaining your findings to senior team members and clients. You may also be asked to contribute to the preparation and organisation of client workshops.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking graduates who are able to demonstrate significant academic achievement in transferable subjects, along with a genuine excitement for business strategy.

You will have an ability to understand and interpret significant quantities of qualitative and quantitative information, and possess first rate written and oral communication skills in order to explain and present your findings in a clear, concise and engaging manner.

A highly organised individual, you will be resourceful, flexible and unfazed by tight deadlines.

Finally, you will be passionate about developing insights to unlock business challenges, and bring energy to all that you do.

Anything else

  • It is essential that you have fluent written & spoken English and an ongoing right to work in the UK.
  • Experience using Excel & PowerPoint to examine and present information would be advantageous.
  • As our internships often lead to an offer of employment, candidates must be in a position to take up a permanent role on successful completion of the programme.

How to apply

Our next intern intake will be in Autumn 2021.

We are not currently accepting applications for this intern programme. However, if you would like us to retain your details for the next intake- please email:

Further Candidate Information

Diversity monitoring:

We are committed to ensuring our recruitment processes are based on principles of fairness and equality, do not discriminate under the Equality Act 2010, and are free from bias.

In order to support these aims, we would like to build an accurate picture of the profile of candidates applying to Cognosis. All candidates are therefore invited to answer questions on gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and socio-economic background, at the point of application. There is no requirement to provide this information if you do not feel comfortable to do so.

Candidate privacy statement:

As part of our recruitment and onboarding process, Cognosis collects and processes personal data relating to candidates. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use that data, and to meeting our data protection obligations. Cognosis takes the security of this data seriously. We have internal policies and controls in place to ensure that data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by authorised employees and third parties in the legitimate and proper performance of their duties. Data we collect will be processed and stored in line with our privacy policy. Please feel free to contact us should you have any queries.

Application window is now closed.