Science Engagement Interns – four internships

Exciting opportunities to join us for a three-month PhD internship to gain experience of science communication and engagement.

One of staff engaging with a child in the lab
Katherine Leedale

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London

Contract Type: 3-month full-time internship for PhD students – 35 hours per week.


LYSC Engagement Intern - x3 placements - February to April, May to July, August to October

Family Programmes Intern – x1 placement - mid-January to mid-April

Payment: by stipend from university, DTP, Research Council. Please check funding with your DTP before applying

LYSC Engagement Intern - x3 placements

Since 2009, the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre (YSC) at the Royal Institution (Ri) has been delivering a programme of inspiring science workshops to young people aged 7 to 18. Workshops range from investigating acids and alkalis while making bath bombs with primary aged children to using micropipettes, restriction enzymes and gel electrophoresis with secondary aged students to determine who may have committed a fictional crime.

As the successful intern, your main role will be to assist the delivery of these workshops, interacting with the young people who attend. The internship will give you the opportunity to build your confidence in presenting in an educational environment, develop your skills in a lab technician role, receive regular feedback and training in science communication and design content for use at events and on Ri social media. 

Family Programmes Intern – x1 placement

The Family Programme at the Ri is core to how we engage the general public with science. Based mostly in our building in central London, this consists of theatre talks, interactive workshops and hands-on open days. We work with scientists and research groups from around the country to make events happen, showcasing the amazing science being done in the UK and beyond.

As the successful intern, your main role will be to assist the Family Programmes Manager in the delivery of this programme, including, helping deliver workshops to a family audience, developing hands-on activities for science activities and creating short science videos for YouTube and TikTok.  You will gain experience of a wide variety of difference types of science engagement, from helping deliver workshops, to designing interactive science activities.

Who are we looking for?

These placements would be ideal for anyone interested in science education, education outreach, working with young people, and science communication. There is no need for prior experience in science communication or working with young people, but we are looking for applicants with great team skills who are enthusiastic to, flexible, open-minded, and keen to learn new skills.

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.

Our activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTUREStalks from leading scientists and thinkers, explosive science shows, engaging school programmes, the Faraday Museum, our archival collections, and our innovative digital engagement activities, including live-streamed talks and our YouTube channel, which has over one million subscribers.

The Ri's large Grade 1 listed multi-purpose building on Albemarle Street, Mayfair is open to the public and acts as a busy events venue, as well as providing office accommodation for the Ri team and commercial tenants.


This opportunity is 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) in order to do so. Please check your eligibility with your university placements officer or  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, ESRC.

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 three months. Some assistance with travel costs may be available.


Please review the full job description and person specification (downloads below), and if you have a current CV please send it to, along with a short covering letter, no longer than 500 words, to explain why you are interested in the internship and why we should consider you for the placement.

Please also state clearly which internship you are applying for and your availability/preference for any or all of the following time-slots:

Mid-Jan to Mid-April, Feb to April, May to July or Aug to Oct. 

Closing date: 9.00am on Tuesday 15 November 2022.

This role will require the successful candidate to undergo an enhanced DBS check upon starting the role.

Equal opportunities

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.