Summer internship programme

Our summer internship programme for undergraduates is 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.

What we offer

  • You’ll work on real projects and earn a prorated salary of £17,150.
  • You’ll be part of a group of fellow interns and get to share your experiences together.
  • 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.

Who can apply

You should:

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

You’re not eligible if you’ve already completed a Wellcome internship.

How to apply

The 2016 summer internship programme has closed for applications.

Applications for the 2017 summer internship programme will open in early 2017, and we'll advertise the available opportunities then.

Interns' experiences

Some of our previous summer interns describe their experiences at Wellcome.

  • Scout Davies, Engaging Science

    "My internship has allowed me to use my passion in making science accessible and relatable to different audiences. It's been great working on the Food and Drink Initiative and in a team that is so heavily focused on engaging the public with science."

  • Eloisa Tovee, Legal

    "Imagine that your time at the Wellcome Trust is like you won a ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and you managed to avoid being the kid who falls into the chocolate river but are the one who makes it to the glass elevator instead. It really is that good."

  • Jamie Gore, Communications

    "I've been involved in an interesting and diverse range of tasks, from promotional work at a video games conference to working on logistics for an event in Alaska. I’ve learned a huge amount and would recommend it to anyone keen to work hard and develop new skills while enjoying their professional surroundings."

  • Katherine Sherratt, Investments

    "Curiosity and an open mind are much supported in Investments - I’ve loved learning how micro company details feed into macro global trends in an incredibly diverse portfolio. The team really helped me. I’ve trained to use Bloomberg, written quarterly earnings reports on stocks, and enjoyed meeting experts across the financial industry."

  • Imogen McHarg, Grants Management

    "My internship has been an amazing experience, which has involved incredibly diverse tasks and lots of fun! Being such a large global foundation, Wellcome is a unique environment that gives you experience of a corporate business within a very supportive structure. The staff have been fantastic at ensuring you get the most out of your internship."

  • Sophie Ward, Education and Learning

    "Interning at Wellcome has been an amazing opportunity. I've had the chance not only to get involved in Wellcome’s work in Education and Learning, but also to meet some very interesting people, both within Wellcome and from further afield. You really are encouraged to learn as much as you can while you're here."

  • Ben Stockton, Communications

    "I’ve met many interesting people and had the chance to develop my skills as a writer. I’ve mainly been working on Big Picture, writing articles and editing other people’s work. Discussions with the team about stories have changed the way I look at science writing and how I might approach it in the future. I’ve had a thoroughly enjoyable two months and wish I could stay."

  • Noor Alabdulbaqi, Science

    "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."

  • Thomas Clarke, Finance

    "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."

  • Darshikah Gnanakumar, Grants Management

    "I've gained a range of transferable skills, from creating spreadsheets using various data systems to forming my own deadlines to complete my project. I’ve really enjoyed my summer working in such a friendly environment and encourage anyone interested to apply - it's an experience you won't regret."

  • Bethany Summers, Science

    "As part of my work I’ve been looking at past funding and future directions in adolescent mental health. This has involved lots of background reading, getting to grips with Wellcome database software and speaking to researchers to get their perspectives. I’ve learnt so much in such a short time, mainly thanks to all the staff here who allow me to ask millions of questions and are always willing to help."

  • Jia Jun Lim, Investments

    "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."