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The RSB has two internship positions available for current PhD students who are funded by AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, and NERC

Successful applicants will spend three months working at the RSB in Central London in 2020. Start and end dates can be negotiated as appropriate.

To apply in 2019 for internships in 2020, go to the UKRI Policy Internships Scheme webpage.


Call for applications opens: 18 June 2019

Deadline to apply: 12 August 2019


What does an internship at the RSB involve?

RSB policy activity spans the biological sciences, including biomedicine, animal, plant, microbial and environmental science, as well as general science policy issues of research funding, careers in science, higher education, diversity and inclusion, publication policy, and science and society.

We regularly reply to government and national level consultations and inquiries and engage pro-actively with policy development through the work of our Fellows, committees and Special Interest Groups. Our individual members and Member Organisations represent a valuable network of expertise and policy interest.

The Society’s policy department works to support and guide the development of policy outputs from the Society as well as in developing workshops, events and policy communications such as our weekly Science Policy Newsletter, which has over 18,000 subscribers.

An internship with the Society will involve the combination of a specific project to be substantially delivered within the period of the placement, along with involvement in ongoing projects and activities of the RSB team. This may involve background research and working with our staff team and members to generate a response to a government or Parliamentary consultation, or the development of one of our Policy Lates events, for example.

Opportunities will also be available to get involved in other policy projects and activities (e.g. surveying our membership or organising a workshop) and to join the wider RSB team in organising events such as Voice of the Future and Parliamentary Links Day.

In addition to delivering a defined project, the Society will aim to encourage and support our interns' attendance at relevant Parliamentary and charitable events, as well as participation in appropriate science-policy workshops, meetings and discussion groups.

Our interns will also be offered a wide range of opportunities to produce written outputs for publication, such as authoring an RSB news story, an article for our publication The Biologist, or articles for our blog, such as ‘What exactly is the industrial strategy’, by previous RSB intern Helen Currie. The Society has a busy calendar of committee, task force and steering group meetings so some experience of working with networks and committees, and recording committee proceedings, would also be on offer.

Interns receive guidance, training and help from members of the policy department and across the Society as appropriate to their task. We aim to ensure that internship activity portfolios meet both the interests of the Research Council applicant and the needs of the Society at the same time.

Though the range of activities available to each intern is often wide and varied, we aim to tailor the programme to the skills-set and interests of the individual. We take particular care to ensure that interns maintain a balance across their activities and feel well supported by the team during their time with us.

Eleanor Smart blogs about her experience of an internship with the RSB in 2018:
“When I arrived at the RSB everyone was so welcoming, friendly and excited to hear all about my PhD. Everyone had come from such a diverse range of science backgrounds, with lots of different interests, so I was quickly refreshing my basic biology knowledge…. It has opened my eyes to all the jobs that are being done to make science happen and be as effective as possible. I am thoroughly inspired”.

Working arrangements

Prospective interns will be asked to sign a volunteer agreement with the Society before commencing their placement. This agreement specifies details of the placement including working hours, claiming expenses, supervision and provision of training (in data protection, for example).


Royal Society of Biology, 1 Naoroji Street, London, WC1X 0GB

Interns will work standard hours (9am – 5pm, with some flexibility upon agreement) alongside the RSB staff team in our new office in Central London. The office is close to Kings Cross, Exmouth Market and several green spaces and parks.

Interns may attend external meetings by arrangement.


For more information, please contact Laura Marshall, our Head of Science Policy.

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