The Academy of Medical Sciences runs three-month policy internship schemes for PhD students who are funded by Wellcome or the Medical Research Council.
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 2017 round of the MRC internship has now closed for applications. The next round will open in 2018.
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.
Further details on both schemes are available in the documents to the right side of this page,. Please contact Rachel Brown at Rachel.Brown@acmedsci.ac.uk with any queries.