Who are we looking for?

The Julia Anderson Training Programme seeks people who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • have limited prior work experience at a university or organisation related to health, science, technology or business management
  • have never undertaken an internship/training programme before
  • current student or graduate from undergraduate and/or master’s level or equivalent course(s)
  • meet the requirements relevant to the training post they are applying to (as specified in the job description of the training post)
  • have the right to work in the UK.

There are no minimum grades required for any of the training posts. All candidates will only be required to provide evidence that they have completed the relevant course or that they are currently studying.

Our commitment to the College’s EDI Strategy

We encourage applications from all interested people from traditionally under-represented groups in academia, including but not exclusive to those who identify as:

  • Black, Asian or from an ethnic minority background (BAME)
  • LGBTQ+
  • A person with a disability or accessibility needs (including physical and mental health needs).

As well as those who:

  • are the first to attend university in their immediate family.

Additional requirements

  • For trainees to get the maximum benefit from the opportunity and participate in the mentorship scheme, we would expect individuals to attend the office at least three days a week.

We also expect trainees to complete the full duration of the training programme for which you would receive a certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the programme only open to people from underrepresented backgrounds in academia? i.e., people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

The programme is open to all early-career professionals (e.g., current undergraduate and postgraduate students) who have not completed an internship/training programme before. Applicants will not be shortlisted based on protected characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. On the application form, there is a section titled “Equality and Diversity” but the information from this section will not be visible to the shortlisting team. We only collect such data to improve our marketing strategy to ensure we share this opportunity with people from underrepresented backgrounds in academia.  Is the programme only open to current students or recent graduates from Imperial?

  • What if I have completed an internship/training programme either as part of my course or through another institution or company?

This opportunity is currently aimed at people who have never completed an internship or training programme before. This would be defined as a formal or structured role, whether paid or unpaid, which takes place over at least one month. This would often have a job description or role responsibilities attached, or production of certain deliverables or outputs. If you have undertaken an internship or placement of this nature previously you would not be eligible to apply.

We would still welcome applications for trainees who have undertaken work experience assignments. We would define work experience as something which is short term in nature, e.g., 1-2 weeks. The aim of such work experience would be to gain exposure to a role or type of business. This could involve job shadowing different teams or individuals within an organisation or undertaking ad hoc assignments depending on the need of the organisation or your own personal development.

We appreciate that some courses include a mandatory internship/placement. However, in line with the aim of this programme, we will prioritise applications from trainees who have not had a previous professional structured training or intern experience. If you believe you still have a justifiable reason to be considered for this opportunity, or are unclear about eligibility, please contact ighi.training@imperial.ac.uk.

  • Can I apply if I have a PhD?

The programme is aimed at current students and graduates from undergraduate and master’s level or equivalent courses. The responsibilities of the training posts have been designed for people who are at that stage in their career and educational journey. We therefore would not encourage applications from anyone who is currently undertaking or has completed a PhD. If you believe you still have a justifiable reason to be considered for this opportunity, please contact ighi.training@imperial.ac.uk. Please note, we at IGHI advertise other roles throughout the year that are more suitable for those with a PhD and/or clinical training. These posts are advertised here on our website. 

  • Can I apply if I have clinical training?

The programme is aimed at people who have limited prior work experience at a university or organisation related to health, science, technology or business management. Therefore, clinical training as a doctor, nurse, or allied healthcare professional would exclude you from being eligible for this training programme. Please note, we at IGHI advertise other roles throughout the year that are more suitable for those with a PhD and/or clinical training. These posts are advertised here on our website.  

  • Where will the post be based? Is this open for remote applicants?

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and incoming trainees is our top priority. We are currently following the UK Government and College guidelines regarding working on site. We hope that by February 2022 we will be able to welcome trainees in person to ensure they feel supported throughout their placement. We therefore advise applying for the training programme only if you would have the capacity to commute to our offices in St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington for at least three days per week. Travel may also be required to our South Kensington campus. 

  • Can I apply if I am an international student or based outside of the UK?

Please note that all trainee applicants must have the right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, it is currently challenging to arrange VISAs for short-term placements at this level.  

  • I am currently claiming welfare benefits / universal credit can I apply?

Yes, you are welcome to apply. However, we strongly recommend that you investigate/research the impact that this paid role will have upon your welfare benefits.