Internship schemes

The Academy of Medical Sciences internship scheme, running for almost ten years, gives 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.

Remote internships: During the current pandemic Academy staff are working from home and internships are being conducted “remotely”, though access to desk space in our central London office is available. We are confident that our remote internship programme continues to offer a highly rewarding experience for interns and that we are able to provide a very high level of support and supervision remotely. Our case studies include one recent intern, Helena Teague, reflecting on her remote internship.

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.

Policy internships are open to PhD students funded by Wellcome or the Medical Research Council. 

Applications and timings
The MRC scheme is now closed for 2021 applicants. Please contact Dr Tom Livermore (; 020 3141 3220) with any queries related to this scheme.

The Wellcome internship scheme is currently closed for applicants. Please contact Fern Brookes (; 020 3141 3206) with any queries related to the Wellcome internship scheme.

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