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.
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What we offer
- You’ll get to work on real projects and earn a salary of £2,730 (£17,745 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 3 July to 25 August 2017.
The Continuous Improvement team works across the organisation to support teams and departments in running successful improvement projects and managing the related changes to people, processes and services.
During this internship you’ll learn what project management and change facilitation are about, and support the team on one or more of their current adventures. You’ll also help the team by maintaining their project schedule and communicating with the rest of Wellcome about what the team are doing, and you’ll learn techniques used to improve the momentum of projects.
You’ll need an interest in how people respond to and manage change, an interest in project management (6-Sigma, Kaizen, Prince 2), the ability to deal appropriately with sensitive or confidential information and communication, and familiarity with Microsoft Office.
The Editorial team creates content for digital media and social media - everything from feature stories to animations and films.
During this internship you’ll research and create new content for our websites and other channels.
You’ll need a high standard of written English, an A level (or equivalent) in biology, experience of writing for a student publication or a blog, and experience of using social media.
Education and Learning
The Education and Learning team works to improve science education across the UK by influencing policy, developing teacher expertise and building the research base.
During this internship you’ll carry out desk research to support the team’s work, in areas such as policy, primary science, informal learning, education and neuroscience, and evaluating and planning Wellcome’s work experience programme. You’ll also assist the team’s project managers with day-to-day activities and communications work.
You’ll need good interpersonal skills, good organisational skills, an interest in UK education and an interest in developing your research skills.
The Finance team works with both the investment and charitable-giving sides of Wellcome, supporting the delivery of over £800 million of grants a year throughout the UK and abroad.
The team covers commercial finance, financial accounting, investment accounting, financial planning and analysis, and taxation, working alongside the Internal Audit team.
During this internship you’ll have the opportunity to work across some or all of the areas of finance and internal audit. This may include assisting with operational and grants payments, preparing financial reports, assisting with credit control and cashiering, testing internal audit, helping with the financial management of funded projects, and supporting procurement projects.
You’ll need to be numerate, keen to understand how finance works and helps an organisation to be successful, and self-motivated and inquisitive.
The Grants Management team manages the grant application process, casework and the grant systems that support these activities.
During an internship here your main focus will be on analysing and reporting on grant data from Wellcome and other sources to provide management information and reports.
You’ll need to be familiar with and interested in working with data. You will need analytical skills, strong attention to detail and a very good knowledge of Excel.
Grants Management and Science
This placement will be across the Science and Grants Management teams, working on a project to evaluate recent changes to the Wellcome funding framework of basic science fellowships.
During this internship you’ll develop a data report to capture information from our grants system, evaluate your findings and write a report. This will allow us to ensure that our schemes are supporting the leaders and future leaders of biomedical research.
You’ll need excellent written English, good attention to detail and an interest in science, plus experience of Excel, evaluation and report writing, and working independently.
Humanities and Social Science
The Humanities and Social Science team identifies, supports and funds visionary research in the humanities and social sciences that improves and informs experiences of health.
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, and scoping new research communities, particularly in Brazil and India.
You’ll need an interest in humanities and social science research and an understanding of why it plays an important role in improving health.
Insight and Analysis
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.
The Investments team manages our £20.9bn 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.
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.
Learning and Organisation Development
The Learning and Organisation Development team help Wellcome staff to develop their careers and help the organisation to perform better – focusing on everything from leadership development and performance management to coaching and team building.
During an internship here you’ll work with the team to deliver our summer initiative, My Career, which promotes the range of opportunities on offer across the organisation, and the ways employees can develop their careers. You’ll be involved with all aspects of the project, including planning and running events, follow-up and evaluation, and communicating with staff.
You’ll need to be considering a career in learning and development or HR.
The Policy team seeks to improve health by nurturing a thriving research and innovation system and addressing global health challenges. We do this by working with governments, policy makers, other research funders and the research community. Current projects include Brexit, pandemic preparedness and genome editing.
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.
Public Engagement (Broadcast, Games and Film)
The Public Engagement department works to create new spaces and opportunities for the public to enjoy, understand, challenge and shape science and health. Our Broadcast, Games and Film team supports the development and production of great entertainment that asks big questions inspired by science.
During this internship you’ll work with us on our Entertainment Industries Summer Salon. This is our annual event bringing together creatives from across the entertainment industries and the research community. Your work may include planning and project managing the Salon, identifying and briefing speakers, and working with teams across Wellcome on all aspects of the evening – including the venue and the menu – to deliver a memorable and inspiring experience.
You’ll need a passion for the entertainment industries and the biomedical sciences and strong written and verbal communication skills.
Public Engagement (Engaging Science)
The Public Engagement department works to create new spaces and opportunities for the public to enjoy, understand, challenge and shape science and health. Our Engaging Science team funds and works with museums, science centres, science communicators, schools, and community and patient groups.
During an internship here you’ll research and gather information about the variety of outcomes of public engagement activities (such as increased science knowledge, or policy change) and help to map how these may contribute to improving health. Your role might include reviewing what we know about outcomes and researching connections between them.
You’ll need an interest in public engagement theory and how it impacts society.
Public Engagement (International)
The Public Engagement department works to create new spaces and opportunities for the public to enjoy, understand, challenge and shape science and health. Our International work focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia and south-east Asia.
During an internship here you’ll support the International Engagement Programme to develop a marketing strategy for grant funding opportunities, and you’ll produce and edit content for an online collaborative network and the Wellcome website.
You’ll need an interest in public engagement and in international development, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
Science (International Operations and Partnerships)
The Science division manages Wellcome’s portfolio of funded scientific research.
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 the development of an internal and external communications strategy to promote our work and the achievements of the researchers we support, a new initiative to increase investment in science, technology and innovation in Africa, and the organisation and planning for an international conference.
You’ll need to have an interest in global health and great communication skills.
Science (Science Integration, Structures)
The Science division manages Wellcome’s portfolio of funded scientific research.
During an internship in the Science Integration, Structures team your main focus will be on assessing and analysing Wellcome’s Collaborative Awards in Science funding scheme, and contributing to understanding how this fits within the broader Wellcome, national and international landscapes of collaborative/team science. You may also have the opportunity to get involved in other areas, schedules permitting.
You’ll need to be studying for a science-related degree, be interested in understanding how science is done, be familiar with and interested in working with data, and have strong attention to detail and a good knowledge of Excel.
Who can apply
- 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.
How to apply
Applications for the 2017 programme are now closed.
Information under 'what we offer' refers to our 2017 programme and is for reference only.
We are currently reviewing our 2018 offering and will have more information on this page by the end of December 2017. Please check back then for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.