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Policy Internships

Call status: Closed
Next application deadline: TBC

A 3-month internship opportunity for BBSRC- and NERC-funded PhD students to work in one of a selected group of highly influential science policy organisations.

Successful applicants have the opportunity to work on an area of science policy, of interest to both the student and the organisation, by contributing to one or more of the following activities:

Internships are available at one of eight hosts and fall under two distinct categories:

1. Parliamentary internships

These will be based at one of the following hosts:

The UK and Scottish Parliaments and the National Assembly for Wales pass laws, scrutinise Government and act as a forum for debate on issues of concern. As part of their internship interns will gain experience of working in a political environment and are likely to produce a formal briefing note for parliamentarians in addition to being involved in other parliamentary activities.

2. Non-parliamentary internships

These will be based at one of the following hosts:

Number of awards

Up to 35 internships are available this round.

Eligibility

Open to all BBSRC- and NERC-funded PhD students. Internships must start before the end of the funded period.

How to apply

Submit a completed application form to policy.internships@bbsrc.ac.uk.

Additional information can be found in the below guidance notes.

Application downloads

Application form (DOCX 123KB)

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Guidance notes (PDF 145KB)

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Assessment

Assessment is via a two-stage process:

  1. Written applications: Applicants who are successful at this stage will then be invited to stage two
  2. Interview dates: October/November 2013

Please note we will not be able to offer internships to candidates unable to attend these interview dates. Offers should be made to successful candidates by December 2013.

Case study

Fresh from finishing her PhD, Catriona Manville recently completed a three-month policy placement in the British Library’s Science team.

Catriona Manville
Catriona Manville

During her placement, Catriona was responsible for organising TalkScience, a quarterly event run by the British Library, which brought together the different perspectives from across the research community to debate the impact agenda.

After working in an academic lab at Newcastle University, Catriona found her three months were packed full of new experiences. During her time at the British Library, Catriona interviewed some big names from academia and learned societies, wrote an article for the Cheltenham Science Festival, spent two days in Parliament and organised the whole TalkScience event from defining the scope of the topic and deciding on speakers to designing and marketing the event.

Catriona Manville with the panel of speakers she arranged as part of her Talkscience event looking at the ‘impact agenda’. Image: British Library/Catriona Manville
Catriona Manville with the panel of speakers she arranged as part of her Talkscience event looking at the 'impact agenda'.
Image: British Library/Catriona Manville

Catriona said: "This placement provided an invaluable opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the science landscape beyond academia and to fully appreciate the opportunities available to me to use my skills in a variety of contexts. My work at the Library also allowed me to clearly demonstrate I have the skills that future employers require."

Catriona has since secured a permanent position at a Cambridge-based contract research house, working as an analyst in their innovation and technology policy team. Catriona is delighted with her new job and said: "Working at the British Library, as part of the BBSRC-funded policy placement scheme, gave me confidence to apply for this appointment."