Internships and placements

British Society for Immunology internship

The BSI internship scheme offers three-month internships to graduates interested in exploring the career possibilities available within learned societies. The internship will allow you to learn more about the publishing, public engagement, communications and policy work that the Society undertakes. 

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Science Media Centre Internship

The Science Media Centre (SMC) is an independent press office for science, which works on some of the most controversial topics around. They have an internship programme, with applications open twice a year.  
The internship mainly involves research and administrative tasks and is most suitable for final-year undergrads, postgrad students or those looking for an early-stage career change. Internships last for four weeks, full-time (35-hour weeks) and pay the London Living Wage (currently £11.05/hour).

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Digital media internship

The Royal Institution offers digital media placements to PhD students who are eligible for a stipend via their DTP/University/research council in order to undertake a 3 month professional internship (UK).

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Imperial College Union

  • The Skills Development Programme (SDP), which is Endorsed by the Institute of Leadership & Management, goes one step further and recognises the skills you have developed alongside your volunteering hours through short, reflective assignments following the training workshops. Upon completing the Skills Development Programme you will received an ILM Endorsed Certificate, which clearly demonstrates to graduate recruiters the practical skills you have developed. 
  • The Pimlico Connection - The Union support students to volunteer to become Pimlico Connection Tutors, providing a half-day training session that aims to impart information about the English school system and the National Curriculum, address importance of clear communication as a tutor, introduce responsibilities and finally plan and deliver tutor sessions. This has also previously included a workshop on public speaking. 


Undergraduate students will take an I-Explore Module (credited) during Year 2 or 3 of their studies.

Public Engagement: Connecting audiences and research This lively and interactive module explores public engagement (PE) and why is it important. Public engagement means involving those outside of our institution with our research and teaching. It might include an activity at a festival, talk or performance, schools workshop or discussion with patient groups, amongst many others.

Graduate School

  • Science Communication: Reaching a Wider Audience - a lively face-to-face workshop will enable you to assess whether your public engagement activities are successful and help you to reveal the areas that may need fine-tuning. The session will be an opportunity to identify and refine your aims for public engagement activities, what you should focus on in your evaluation, and suitable methods and approaches. You will discover the value of evaluation, and also how evaluation can be enjoyable for you and your public participants.

You may also be interested in:

  • Postgraduate Student Coaching Programme - The Graduate School's Postgraduate student coaching programme has been established to provide you with an opportunity to talk, independently from your academic department, about challenges you may be experiencing during the course of your studies. The programme primarily focuses on building effective working relationships and there may be other self-development issues that you wish to explore.

Student Recruitment and Outreach

  • Outreach Postgraduate Ambassadors – this scheme provides an opportunity for Post Graduates to work with local schools and inspire young audiences to consider studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business subjects. There are currently approximately 30 ambassadors enrolled on the scheme.
  • Royal Institution’s Primary Maths Masterclass hands-on and interactive extracurricular sessions that are designed to improve the way staff communicate with primary school children, provided by the Royal Institution and hosted by the Outreach team.