Internship schemes

The Academy of Medical Sciences runs three-month funded internship schemes for PhD students in policy and careers.

Policy internship scheme

Students spend three months at the Academy offices in central London. The 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. Interns are supported by a three-month extension to their PhD stipend. Policy internships are open to PhD students funded by Wellcome or the Medical Research Council. 

Interns carry out a range of activities during their time with the Academy. Please see case studies from recent interns, Hannah Julienne and Elly Tyler, for examples. Two of our 2014 interns also produced ten top tips for policy interns; and one of our 2013 Wellcome interns was interviewed by Research Fortnight about her experience.

MRC internship scheme 
The MRC scheme is now closed for 2018 applicants, the next round will be held in autumn 2019. Please contact Naho Yamazaki  at naho.yamazaki@acmedsci.ac.uk with any queries.

Wellcome internship scheme

Applications for the next round of the Wellcome Trust scheme are now open. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 24 June 2019.

Wellcome Trust four-year PhD Programme students are invited to apply for three month policy internships with the Academy, which will take place between October 2019 and September 2020.

The scheme is open to students who will be in the third or fourth year of their studentship when their internship takes place. This means students can apply during their second year, as long as they will be completing the internship during their third or fourth years. Please note, the scheme can also be undertaken in the three-month period immediately following the end of a student’s fourth year.

To apply, you are asked to supply the following:

  • A completed application form, including an endorsement and a supporting statement from your supervisor, and an endorsement by your Programme sponsor (the PhD Programme Director).
  • A short covering letter briefly describing your reasons for application.
  • A CV.
  • A short article, of no more than 800 words in length, on a medical science policy topic (further information is provided in the document downloads on the right).

Further details on the scheme (including eligibility criteria) and the documents needed to apply are available to download from the right hand side of this page.

Please note, the three-month internships will be full-time positions based at the Academy’s offices at 41 Portland Place, London. Students will be supported by a three-month extension to their Wellcome Trust PhD stipend while they are based at the Academy. Further financial support to cover travel or subsistence costs will be decided on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of £2000 per intern and subject to agreement by the Academy and Wellcome Trust. In certain circumstances, we will consider exceeding this limit if candidates can provide documentary evidence of the costs incurred above £2000.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview at the Academy’s offices on Friday 19 July 2019.

Please contact Dr Sarah Ritchie, Sarah.Ritchie@acmedsci.ac.uk, with any queries related to the Wellcome internship scheme.

Grants and programmes internship scheme

 

Applications for the 2019/20 round are open. Applications must be recieved by 5pm on Monday 1 July. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2019

 The 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. The scheme is open to BBSRC-funded PhD students, who are expected to undertake a 3-month internship during their PhD through the Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) scheme.

The scheme offers the opportunity to undertake a three-month internship at the Academy offices in central London between October 2019 and September 2020. Please see a case study from a recent intern George Jervis for an example. 

Candidates are asked to apply through the Academy's online recruitment portal and will need to supply- all in pdf format. 

  • A completed application form (can be downloaded through our online portal) that includes a personal statement describing their reasons for application, as well as an endorsement and a supporting statement from their supervisor.
  • A CV

Please contact Dr Kim Hutchings at kimberly.hutchings@acmedsci.ac.uk with any queries.

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