Marketing & Communications PhD Intern

Join us for a 3-month PhD internship to gain experience of science communication and engagement. 

Image of a film camera lens with an audience sitting behind in a Theatre
Paul Wilkinson

Marketing & Communications Internship

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London (hybrid working available for this internship)

Contract Type: 3-month full-time internship for PhD students - 35 hours per week. Payment by stipend from university, Doctoral Training Programme, Research Council. Please check funding with your DTP before applying. (x1 placement Oct  2024- Jan 2025)

This placement involves joining the Ri at its busiest and most exciting time of year; the planning, filming and broadcasting of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES are the UK's flagship science series. This three-part series is filmed in front of a live audience in the Ri’s famous lecture theatre and watched by millions on the BBC.

Each year we look for new ways to share the science behind the Lectures with as many people as possible across the UK and beyond.

One way we promote the Lectures is through the media, with whom we work hard to secure high-quality, in-depth interviews and feature opportunities for the Lecturer and the wider CHRISTMAS LECTURES team across TV, radio, print and online platforms.

Depending on your skills, there may also be the opportunity to undertake your own intern project as a ‘writer in residence’, creating a body of works which can be pitched to media contacts as interest pieces for the Ri. This will also potentially be used as website content for the Ri blog to support organic search engine optimisation and provide content for social media and email communication. 


To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement, (of no more than 500 words) to, explaining why you are interested in this internship and how you meet the criteria for the role.

The closing date for applications is: 9am Monday 29 July 2024.

Interviews week commencing 5/12 August 2024.

Read a blog from one of our previous PhD interns here: Being a Digital Media Intern at the Ri | Royal Institution (



This opportunity is only open to PhD students who are eligible to undertake an internship as part of their studentship and receive a stipend from their Doctoral Training Programme (DTP). Please check with your university/DTP to ensure funding is available before applying for this internship.

Participating Research Councils include (but may not be exclusive to): BBSRC, NERC, MRC, AHRC, EPSRC.

Please note there is no formal agreement in place between RI and UKRI, and each placement will be reviewed by the grant holder and approved at their discretion.

You will need to obtain the grant holder’s written permission to undertake the placement, outlining any funding arrangements, before a position can be offered.

Please note, the Ri is unable to assist with accommodation costs; applicants need to be able to arrange accommodation in London or the South East for the duration of the 3 months. Some assistance with travel costs may be available.

Safeguarding is of paramount importance to the Ri; we expect all those who work with us to share our commitment to safeguarding children and adults at risk, prioritising their welfare and protecting them from harm. Interns will be given appropriate safeguarding training and may be required to undergo DBS checks upon appointment, depending on their role.

We ask applicants to complete and return the recruitment monitoring form along with their application. The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in this form will be treated in strict confidence and not form part of the selection process. You may choose not to disclose some or all of the information requested in the form, and this will not affect your application in any way.

About the Ri

The purpose of the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We've been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.

We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.

In our historic Grade I listed building in Mayfair, discoveries were made that literally changed the world. Today it acts as a base for the Ri team and tenants as well as a busy and vibrant event space for private and corporate events. 

Find out more at and The Royal Institution - YouTube