Professional Internships for PhD Students

Find out more about our 12 week Digital internship offered as part of the Research Council Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) scheme.

  • CHRISTMAS LECTURES assistant Michelle Reeve working behind the scenes for the 2014 series with Danielle George.

    CHRISTMAS LECTURES assistant Michelle Reeve working behind the scenes for the 2014 series with Danielle George

    Credit: Paul Wilkinson

Professional internships for PhD Students

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, AHRC, MRC and NERC.

These placements are termed a Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIP), they last for 12 weeks and are full-time.

The Ri offers two regular PIPs between October and January every year, to deliver the world famous Christmas Lectures, however we may be able to offer placements at other times of the year if we have suitable projects available.

If you wish to discuss undertaking your PIP with the Ri, please get in touch via  

Current intern vacancies

Digital Media Intern: to focus on expanding and developing our online audiences, helping to produce and distribute digital science communication content and optimise the user-experience across our digital platforms.

Please click on the links for more information on how to apply and to download a job description and person specification.

The closing date for these opportunities is flexible as we may take on more than one intern.

Interviews will take place during August.

Hear from past interns

Meet our past interns and read about their experiences on our blog.

Jim Whiting was our Media Assistant and Abby Guillermo our Demo Assistant for the 2015 series 'How to survive in space' with space medicine expert Kevin Fong.  

Michelle Reeve was the Demo Assistant for the 2014 series 'How to hack your home' with electrical engineer Danielle George.

Expand your skills with a PIP

Read the Science Magazine article on the career benefits of expanding your skills through a professional internship


These opportunities are only open to those PhD students eligible for a Research Council Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS).

When submitting an application for a PIP internship, please ensure that you complete and return a Recruitment Monitoring form

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