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Research Council Policy Internships Scheme for PhD Students (Closes 10 Aug)

The Research Council Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for Research Council-funded PhD students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

You can find out more about the scheme and application process here (closing date 10 August).

Policy@manchester are happy to offer support and guidance with applications so please do get in touch with jess.lishak@manchester.ac.uk if you’re considering applying.

The Research Councils organise internships for current Research Council-funded PhD students to work at partner host organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work. Internships are awarded to a number of Parliamentary, Government Departments and Non-Governmental Bodies, Learned societies and organisations.

The 22 Hosting Partners for the 2017/18 competition round are:

  • Department for Education
  • Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Government Office for Science (GoS)
  • Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)
  • HM Courts & Tribunals Services
  • Home Office
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
  • National Assembly for Wales Research Service
  • Natural England
  • Northern Ireland Assembly (RaISe)
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive
  • Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)
  • Public Health England
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe)
  • Scrutiny Unit
  • Sentencing Council
  • The Royal Society
  • The Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
  • Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
  • Youth Justice Board for England & Wales

Looking to kick-start a career in science media?

The Naked Scientists have an opening for an intern to join their award-winning team this summer.

The successful applicant, who will also receive a cash award of £1000, will spend a period of 8 – 10 weeks gaining experience in making science radio programmes and podcasts, web development, science writing, video editing and production.

“The Naked Scientists” broadcasts on BBC radio stations across the UK, and worldwide as a podcast, which is consistently near the top of the iTunes Science podcast charts in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

This internship, which is supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC), is open to UK-based students (including Masters and PhD students and recent graduates) who hold or are registered for a science or engineering-based University degree.

More info here:
www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/front/naked-scientists-mrc-prize-internship/