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MRC/Academy of Medical Sciences Policy Internship scheme

Please note: the deadline for the policy internship scheme has been extended until 24 October 2018.

The MRC and the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) have teamed up to offer a policy internship scheme.

The scheme, now in its eighth year, is open to all MRC-funded PhD students (based in a university, or MRC centre, unit or institute) in their third and fourth year of study including clinicians undertaking a PhD as part of their MRC Clinical Research Training Award.

It is designed to give students first-hand experience of the medical science policy environment and enable them to gain insights into how research can impact policy. The internship will also provide an opportunity to help build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and key science and health stakeholders.

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The internships will be based at the AMS offices in London and the successful interns will be supported by a three-month extension to their PhD maintenance stipend. All eligible candidates will be assessed through a competitive application process. To be eligible to apply, students must have their supervisor’s support and confirm they are funded by the MRC. Agreement to provide a three-month extension to the candidates PhD maintenance stipend must be provided by the appropriate administration office with the signed approval of the budget holder.

The 2019/20 policy internship scheme will open for applications on 3 September 2018, closing at midnight on 24 October 2018. Interviews will be held on 7 November 2018.

Candidates will be asked to complete an application form which should be submitted with a CV, a covering letter and an article of no more than 800 words on a topical science policy issue. Please visit the AMS Policy Internship page for more information on how to apply.

Ben Bleasdale“The 3 month MRC/Academy of Medical Sciences internship allowed me to contribute to a huge range of science policy projects. The experience was a real eye-opener to careers beyond the lab which made use of my research experience in a different way.”

Read Ben Bleasdale's full career profile