Summer internship programme

Our summer internships for undergraduates are designed to inspire, encourage and support a new generation who will go on to make a difference.

You'll work alongside our experienced staff in the area that most interests you, building on your existing skills and gaining new ones. We value your insights and ideas, and during your time with us you’ll have every opportunity to make a real contribution.

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  • You’ll get to work on real projects and earn a salary of £2,856 (£18,564 FTE).
  • You’ll be part of a cohort of interns, and get to share your experiences together.
  • You’ll work on a project with fellow interns which will develop new skills and show you how the organisation operates to achieve its aims.
  • You’ll have a dedicated line manager who’ll support and mentor you, and oversee your work.
  • You’ll have lots of opportunities for development – including the chance to meet people from across Wellcome, hear from industry experts, attend career development workshops and participate in group volunteering days.
  • You'll gain insight into how a global charity works and leave your internship with some great connections and experience.

The internships last for eight weeks: from 2 July to 24 August 2018.

  • The Education and Learning team works to improve science education in the UK for all young people. We do this by funding educational research, supporting the professional development of teachers and trying to influence policy makers. 

    During this internship your main focus will be on supporting the work experience programme we run for local school students. You will be gathering feedback from student and supervisor questionnaires, reporting on them and making recommendations. You may also have the opportunity to get involved in other areas, based on your interests and schedules permitting, including researching information for policy work and getting involved in promoting our projects to teachers through social media and other means.

    You’ll need an interest in education and young people, and be enthusiastic to learn new knowledge and skills. 

  • The Humanities and Social Science team works to improve health through the best research in humanities and social science.

    During an internship here you’ll gain a unique insight into the exciting research we fund, both in the UK and internationally. 

    Particular projects include helping to connect our community of researchers who span diverse disciplines and career stages, scoping new research communities and research fields to invest in, assisting with the development and delivery of an events programme for early career researchers, and supporting event organisation.

    You’ll need an interest in humanities and social science research, and an understanding of why it plays an important role in improving health and good writing and analytical skills. 

  • The Insight and Analysis team derives insight from research and evidence to provide a joined-up perspective of Wellcome’s achievements, potential and opportunities, to inform future strategic directions.

    During an internship here your work may include carrying out high-quality research and analysis using a variety of sources and methods, contributing to the reporting and communication of results, and assisting other team members with tasks including data analysis, research and information gathering.

    You’ll need A levels or equivalent in maths or science, experience with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and experience of online research. Experience of social sciences research, in particular monitoring and evaluation, would be especially welcome.

  • Internal Audit is part of our Finance division, and is an independent assurance and consulting function designed to add value and improve Wellcome’s operations.

    We help Wellcome achieve its objectives by evaluating processes across the organisation, as well as at some larger grant recipients, and make recommendations to help improve effectiveness. We also provide advice on an ad hoc basis to staff across Wellcome on new projects and systems.

    During an internship here you’ll assist with reviews of operational and financial activities at Wellcome and its grant recipients, as well as its subsidiary Genome Research Limited (GRL). This will include attending interviews with staff at Wellcome, GRL and grant recipients to learn about how the processes under review work, making suggestions for how to improve processes, performing testing of transactions to confirm that the process works as described and providing feedback to stakeholders on what could be done better. There will also be opportunities for additional project work across Wellcome’s Finance function.

    You’ll need to have a willingness to learn and ask questions, enthusiasm for problem solving and be self-motivated.

  • The Investments team manages our £23bn investment portfolio, which spans the globe from Silicon Valley to Shenzhen. From start-ups to goliaths, private equity to hedge funds and property to currencies, we look for opportunities to grow our portfolio to fund medical research now and in years to come. Is Facebook really worth over $500 billion? When will electric cars cause oil demand to start falling? Will Indian consumers buy more chocolate? These are some of the questions we consider as we think about the investment universe.

    During an internship here you’ll be involved in communicating ideas and information within the team, reviewing the current portfolio, analysing new investment opportunities, and meeting existing and potential investment partners and companies.

    You’ll need to be hands-on, able to offer fresh perspectives and keen to learn – and to have fun.

  • The Learning and Organisation Development team work to enhance individual development and organisational performance. The department supports a wide range of initiatives including leadership development, performance management, coaching and team building.

    During an internship here you’ll work with the team to deliver our My Career initiative, which runs through July and August, and focuses on career development for everyone working at Wellcome. You will be involved with all aspects of the project, including planning and running events, follow up and evaluation, and updating and communicating with employees. 

    You will also work with our Volunteering Development Manager to help organise our Community Action Week Celebration, and help develop communication materials for our e-newsletter and intranet.

    You’ll ideally need to be considering a career in learning and development or HR.

  • The Policy team works to create an environment where research thrives and its benefits reach people across the world quickly.

    To do this, we identify policy trends and developments, analyse these to identify opportunities or risks, develop positions and compelling arguments to support Wellcome’s objectives, and engage with governments, international organisations, the private sector, civil society and others to influence policy debate.

    During an internship here you’ll be involved in preparing briefing notes and responses, engaging parliamentarians and other policy makers, and conducting research.

    You’ll need strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work independently, good analytical skills, and an interest in science policy and parliamentary process.

  • The International Operations and Partnerships team sits in Wellcome’s Science Division, where the majority of Wellcome’s funding decisions are made.

    Wellcome invests in researchers, large programmes of research and co-funded initiatives in Africa and Asia. The International Operations and Partnerships team supports this work, making sure that research has the best possible impact in these regions. The team seeks out partnerships with other organisations that share our aims.

    During this internship you’ll support the team on a number of projects, including implementation of our internal and external communications strategy to promote our work and the achievements of the researchers we support, and the organisation and planning of a networking event for operations staff at our international programmes. 

    You may also have the opportunity to get involved in other areas, schedules permitting, and will work closely with colleagues within Wellcome and our partner organisations. 

    Exactly what you do depends on how far the initiatives described above have progressed. We will keep you busy and you will learn a lot from working with different team members and through exposure to international networking. 

    You’ll need a high standard of written English, great communication skills and an interest in global health, plus experience of organising an event and communicating through different mediums.

  • The Neuroscience and Mental Health (NMH) team sits in Wellcome’s Science Division, where the majority of Wellcome’s funding decisions are made.

    The NMH team manages our neuroscience and mental health funding schemes and portfolio. In addition, it identifies areas of interest for the development of targeted strategic funding initiatives, and develops interactions and partnerships with a broad range of external stakeholders (eg UK/international funders, government/pharma representatives, members of the scientific community).

    During an internship here your main focus will be on helping with scoping activities on pain research, an area of current focus for the NMH team. These could help to identify important strategic objectives to support in this field and contribute to the development of a potential scientific forum hosted by Wellcome. You may also have the opportunity to get involved in other areas, schedules permitting, including contributing to the day-to-day activities of the NMH team and contributing to the preparation of NMH-related blogs on Trustnet, Wellcome's intranet.

    You’ll need a high standard of written English, an interest in science (some neuroscience knowledge may be helpful) and good interpersonal skills, plus experience of researching literature/other internet sources for the preparation of reports/summaries.

You must:

  • be a current undergraduate partway through your studies (not in your final year)
  • be available for the entire programme
  • have the right to work in the UK.

You can’t apply if you’ve already completed a Wellcome internship.

You’ll be working in central London. If you do not live nearby, or are concerned about the costs of living in London during the internship, let us know. We're happy to discuss ways we could help.

Applications for the 2018 Summer Internship Programme are now closed.

Details about next year's programme will be available in February 2019.

The staff here are a collection of the friendliest people. I am ending my internship scared that my future internships or jobs will not meet the standards that have been set so high so early in my career.
Noor Alabdulbaqi, Science
My experience at Wellcome has been wholly positive and inspiring. I have a science background and have found that Finance has allowed me to really understand how the Trust makes such a difference in the research community. My understanding of accounting, financial processes and controls has developed through my work on mini projects. Everybody is really committed and enthusiastic, and has made this summer enjoyable and rewarding.
Thomas Clarke, Finance
Working for the Investments division has been truly unique - I've been able to develop my research and financial skills from working on a macro overview of India and a project on commodities exposures. I’ve also had experience in equities through covering some public stocks and communicating ideas to the team.
Jia Jun Lim, Investments