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PHD Student Internships at The Royal Institution

11 May 2023 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Closing Date: 9am on Tuesday 23 May 2023 

The Royal Institution are looking for x3 Phd students to join our Family & Public Programmes and Science in Schools team for a three-month internship to gain experience in science communication and engagementThese internships will run concurrently from June to September 2023, for exact dates please see associated job descriptions.

The Family Programme is core to how we, at the Ri, engage the general public with science. Based mostly at our offices in central London, this internship will consist of theatre talks, interactive workshops and hands-on open days. Your main role will be to assist the Family Programmes Manager in the delivery of this programme, developing hands-on activities for science activities and creating short science videos for YouTube and TikTok. 

The Royal Institution’s (Ri) ‘Science in Schools’ programme offers a unique package of science shows for students, Continuing Professional Development for teachers, and community science shows for families. We are the largest national provider of science shows delivered in schools in the UK, and in 2022, 76% of our shows were delivered to schools in the most deprived areas of the UK, free of charge.

The Public Programme team offers you the opportunity to work on the Beyond The Milky Way Virtual Reality Experience, narrated by Professor Brian Cox.

If you are interested in science education and communication and want to know more about engaging the public with science creatively and innovatively, we would love to hear from you.  For further information about any of these internships and details of how to apply, please direct students to our website via this link: Science Engagement Internships Summer 2023 (x3) | Royal Institution (

Please note, the Ri offers placements for students who are enrolled on a research degree under the Doctoral Training Partnership programme funded by Research Councils including the BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, AHRC and NERC. These opportunities are only open to PhD students who are eligible for a stipend via their DTP/University/research council in order to undertake a three month professional internship. Students should check with their university that they are able to secure funding before applying. They will need to obtain the grant holder’s written permission to undertake the placement, outlining any funding arrangements, before a position can be offered.

All roles are based in Central London, with a mix of home and office working; students will be expected to base themselves within or near to London for the period of the placement.

To apply, please send a current CV to by 9am on Tuesday 23 May 2023 along with a covering letter, no more than 500 words, explaining why you are interested in the internship and why we should consider you for the placement.


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