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Internship opportunities

MRC funded students have access to internship opportunities with a range of non-academic organisations, including industry, science communication and policy agencies. Through these opportunities you will gain valuable work experience and transferable skills.

“The placement was a great learning experience, both in terms of mastering new techniques and equipment, but also with regard to career aspirations. It was fascinating to learn about the diverse scientific questions and approaches being used to answer them. It also struck me as a very collaborative and encouraging research environment.”

Rosamund Clifford

Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Mass Spectrometry Imaging

The Royal Institution internships

The Royal Institution (Ri) is looking for a Phd student to join them for a three-month science engagement internship at the Ri. This placement is ideal for students interested in science education and communication, and education outreach.

For more information, please see the website: Science Engagement PhD Intern | Royal Institution (

The Royal Institution is world-renowned as the home of science and offer internships annually. Successful applicants join the Royal Institution's team of media producers and digital communication professionals for a 3-month placement to gain experience of digital media and science communication. There will be different start dates and flexibility for the right candidates. The roles are usually based in Central London so students may will be expected to base themselves within or near to London for the period of the placement. 

Applications for 2024 close 9am Tuesday 4 June 2024.

Turing Internship Network

Applications for the Turing Internship Network are now open.  Please read the call document and the internship role descriptions carefully on the website before applying. To be considered, all applications must be completed and submitted by 21 June, 14:00 BST.

Key dates for prospective interns

  • May 2024: Applications open

  • June 2024: Review Stage

  • July 2024: Interview Stage

  • September 2024: Onboarding process/internship starts


UKRI Policy Internships

As part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)’s postgraduate training portfolio, the UKRI Policy Internships scheme provides an opportunity for UKRI-funded doctoral students to undertake a three-month placement at one of a selected group of influential policy organisations.

Next funding opportunity: TBC 2024

External Partners 

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