The Academy of Medical Sciences – Grants and Programmes Internship – deadline: 4pm, 24th November 2021

Name The Academy of Medical Sciences
Placement base location During the current pandemic Academy staff are working from home and internships are being conducted “remotely”, though access to desk space in our central London office is available. We are confident that our remote internship programme continues to offer a highly rewarding experience for interns and that we are able to provide a very high level of support and supervision remotely. Our case studies include one recent intern, Helena Teague, reflecting on her remote internship.
Website Internship schemes | The Academy of Medical Sciences (acmedsci.ac.uk)
Contact for enquiries If you have any problems applying please contact Maksi Vicheva
Contact details Email: maksi.vicheva@acmedsci.ac.uk
Placement job title Grants and Programmes Internship
Potential start date Four internships will be offered in three-month time blocks from January 2022 to December 2022. Candidates are invited to indicate their preferred time to undertake the placement, although we cannot guarantee the timing of placements.
Potential working pattern

Daily work pattern: 9am to 5pm

Total hours per week: 35

FT/PT: Full time

Details of application method Candidates are asked to supply – all in pdf format:

  • A completed application form that includes a personal statement describing their reasons for application as well as an endorsement and a supporting statement from their supervisor.
  • A CV.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview with a selection panel of Academy staff.

Applications must be received by 4pm on Wednesday 24 November 2021.

Interviews will be conducted w/c 29 November 2021 (TBC)Successful candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application within two weeks of the interview date.

Interviews for this opportunity will be conducted remotely by video call.

Overview of PIPS organisation

The Academy of Medical Sciences (www.acmedsci.ac.uk) is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society. The Academy’s elected Fellows are the UK’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and public service. We work with them to promote excellence, develop talented researchers, influence research and policy nationally and internationally and encourage dialogue about the medical sciences.

We achieve this by being comprised of dedicated teams working in science policy, communications and career development, with the latter providing research funding, mentorship and other career support schemes for early-and mid-career researchers. The Academy is an authoritative voice on the development of training and career pathways and a source of inspiration, information and personal support for biomedical researchers.

The Academy of Medical Sciences internship scheme, running for almost ten years, gives PhD students a fully-funded first-hand experience of the medical science environment, from policy reports and consultations to grant panels and career support.

Over a three-month internship, interns gain personal insights into how research impacts the wider biomedical system and can build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and key science and health stakeholders.

Read our internship case studies to find stories from former interns, from people who took part right at the start of the scheme who’ve gone on to work in a wide range of fields, to reflections from some of our most recent interns. You might also like to read two former policy interns’ top tips for making the most of your internship.

COVID-19 notice – The Academy is carefully monitoring the developing situation and advice about the current global outbreak of COVID-19. The health, safety and appropriate support of candidates and interns is our first priority. The Academy is developing its working practices and is currently working wholly remotely. Interviews for this opportunity will be conducted remotely by video call. Successful candidates will be kept closely informed on any potential impacts on their internship period, and how these can be mitigated or managed.

Placement offered
The scheme will:

  • Provide future researchers and academic leaders with a deeper understanding of the UK and international grant review process and career development support programmes, gaining a valuable insight into the wider funding landscape at a critical and exciting time.
  • Allow interns to gain insights into all aspects of the Academy’s work and experience working in a non-research focussed organisation, including learning about the management of research funding, organising events, science communications and biomedical research policy.
  • Allow interns to develop a wider network of contacts, both through their access to the Academy’s prestigious Fellowship and work with other Academy stakeholders, such as the UK National Academies.
  • Provide opportunities for BBSRC PhD students to develop valuable transferable skills and to enhance their CVs.
  • The intern will be embedded within the Academy’s Careers Team and, as an early career researcher, will provide valuable perspective in the development of our schemes and programmes.

Activity of interns
During the internship, the intern will be involved in a wide variety of activities that will provide them with experience in the management of research funding and career development programmes within the biomedical research field. The intern will be involved in tasks that are consistent with the role of a Grants Officer and a Programme Officer at the Academy and will lead on discrete projects with the support of the wider Careers Team. The range of activities the intern might be involved in include:

  • Supporting our growing portfolio of grant schemes, including assessing eligibility of applicants, identifying peer reviewers, attending decision-making Panel meetings and preparing feedback to the applicants.
  • Supporting the delivery of our career development programmes, including our flagship mentoring scheme.
  • Assisting in the organisation and delivery of workshops, conferences and other career development events, e.g. arranging venues, preparing conference materials, helping to co-ordinate activities on the day.
  • Contributing to the publicity and communications strategy of the Careers Team, including social media activities, a regular electronic bulletin, news stories and blog posts for the website.
  • Liaising with the Academy’s Fellowship, external stakeholders, funders and other professional bodies.

Structure of the scheme
Each intern will be allocated a supervisor from among the Academy staff who will:

  • Provide line management and guidance.
  • Conduct entry and exit interviews.
  • Co-ordinate review of the work produced by the intern.
  • Carry out relevant administration in accordance with the Academy’s Human Resources policies.

Eligibility

The scheme is open to all BBSRC funded PhD students. BBSRC students are normally able to undertake a 3-month internship between the second and third year of study through the Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) scheme. Applications must be endorsed by each student’s primary PhD project supervisor. Candidates must ensure that they leave enough time to secure this endorsement before they submit their application. Placements on the scheme are allocated on a competitive basis so withdrawal from the scheme once a place is accepted is likely to result in another potential intern being denied the opportunity to participate.

Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Good literacy and Numeracy skills

Competencies

  • Able to plan own work to ensure maximum effectiveness and prioritises to ensure tasks completed within deadline.
  • Considers differing audiences and adapts communication style accordingly.
  • Networks effectively with stakeholders internally and externally.
Financial contribution/benefit(s)
Most of our work is currently taking place online. More recently, staff members have also been offered the option to book a desk at the Academy offices (41 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QH), with measures already in place including mask wearing and social distancing. While your main place of work will be at home, you may, therefore, decide/be invited to work at the Academy offices from time to time. Furthermore, you may be asked to travel elsewhere within the UK as part of internship activities, and in such circumstances, expenses will be provided at the Academy’s normal rates. We would like to provide reassurance that we will discuss with you the feasibility of any travel, either to the Academy or elsewhere in the UK for internship activities, in consideration of government guidelines and your personal circumstances.