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
AMS/MRC internship programme
Applications for the 2022/23 round of the Medical Research Council scheme are now open. Applications should be submitted electronically and must be received by midnight on Monday 25 April 2022. Interviews will be conducted on week commencing 9 May 2022.
To apply, candidates are asked to supply the following:
- An application form, including an endorsement and a supporting statement from their supervisor, and an endorsement by the Programme sponsor (the PhD Programme Director).
- A short covering letter briefly describing their reasons for application.
- A CV.
- A short article, of no more than 800 words in length, on a medical science policy topic.
Further details on the scheme and application are available in the documents on the right side of this page. Please contact Dr Tom Livermore (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any queries related to this scheme.
Academy of Medical Sciences Policy Internship Programme
The Academy of Medical Sciences open policy internship programme is now closed. Please check our webiste in early 2023 for details of the next round of applications.
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 programe 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
The MRC scheme is currently closed for 2022 applicants. Please contact Dr Maria Magdalena Razalan at email@example.com with any queries.