The Academy of Medical Sciences has run internship schemes for over ten years, giving PhD students a fully-funded first-hand experience of the medical science environment, from policy reports and consultations to grant panels and career support.
Over a three-month internship, interns gain personal insights into how research impacts the wider biomedical system and can build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and key science and health stakeholders.
Read our internship case studies to find stories from former interns, from people who took part right at the start of the scheme who've gone on to work in a wide range of fields, to reflections from some of our most recent interns. You might also like to read two former policy interns' top tips for making the most of your internship.
Agile working: The Academy of Medical Sciences is currently working in an agile way with staff working from home and our Central London offices. The Academy has gained significant experience in conducting remote and agile internships and the programme continues to offer a highly rewarding experience for interns.
Duration and funding: Interns are supported for the full three-month internship period by a three-month extension to their PhD stipend. In exceptional circumstances we will also consider requests for internships of a reduced duration.
Application process: Candidates are asked to supply a completed application form that includes a CV and a personal statement, as well as an endorsement and a supporting statement from their supervisor. We may also ask for a written piece on a topic of your choice as a sample of your work. We hold competitive interviews for internships and provide feedback.
Our policy internship scheme is designed to give students first-hand experience of the medical science policy environment, to gain insights into how research can impact on policy, and to build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and key science and health stakeholders.
Applications and timings
We are welcoming applications for policy internships to take place in 2023/24.
The scheme is open to all UK-based PhD students (based in a university or institute), including clinicians undertaking a PhD as part of their Clinical Research Training.
In order to be eligible, interns must have access to either:
- a three-month extension to their PhD maintenance stipend, or
- funding for a three-month placement integral to the programme.*
Our Grants and Programmes internship scheme is designed to give students first-hand experience of the research funding and career development sectors, and to build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and senior science and health stakeholders.
Grants and Programme internships are open to BBSRC-funded PhD students, who are expected to undertake a three-month internship during their PhD through the Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) scheme. You can look up Dr Andy Stone and Dr George Jervis in our case study booklet for examples of what recent grants and programmes interns have worked on and gone on to do.
Applications and timings
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The Academy of Medical Sciences and the University of Edinburgh are pleased to announce their new postdoctoral policy immersion scheme.
Under this scheme, University of Edinburgh Postdoctoral researchers will have the opportunity to undertake a fully funded 12-week policy immersion placement at the Academy of Medical Sciences, the UK’s National Academy for biomedical and health research.
This new postdoctoral policy immersion scheme builds on the more than 10 years of successful PhD student policy internships run by the Academy, and we are delighted to offer this new scheme specifically tailored for postdoctoral researchers.
The scheme is designed to give successful candidates first-hand experience of the medical science policy and communications environment, to gain insights into how research can impact on policy, and to build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and key science and health stakeholders.
Applications for this scheme have now closed. Please contact Angel Yiangou (email@example.com) with any queries related to this scheme.
The scheme is open to all University of Edinburgh Postdoctoral researchers. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and specialisms, and working in the biomedical or health sciences is not a prerequisite for applying.
To be eligible, the candidate’s University of Edinburgh employment contract dates must cover the period of the immersion.