Internship schemes

The Academy of Medical Sciences runs three-month policy internship schemes for PhD students who are funded by Wellcome or the Medical Research Council and a grants and programmes internship scheme for BBSRC funded PhD students.

Policy internship schemes

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.

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 (naho.yamazaki@acmedsci.ac.uk or 020 3141 3216) with any queries related to the MRC internship scheme.

Wellcome internship scheme

The 2018 round of the Wellcome internship has now closed for applications. The next round will open in the summer of 2019.

Please contact Rachel Brown at Rachel.Brown@acmedsci.ac.uk with any queries.

Grants and Programmes Internship scheme

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. It is an excellent opportunity for BBSRC students who are expected to undertake a 3-month internship during their PhD through the Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) scheme.

Applications for the 2019 round are now open. Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 30 November 2018. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 December 2018.

The scheme offers the opportunity to undertake a three-month internship at the Academy offices between January 2019 and December 2019.

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 Kelly Makarona at kelly.makarona@acmedsci.ac.uk with any queries.

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