Science Engagement PhD Intern Young Scientist Centre

Exciting opportunity to join us for a three-month PhD internship to gain experience of science communication and engagement, working with groups of school children in the Ri's Young Scientist Centre

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

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London

Contract Type: 3-month, full-time internships 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.

Duration: Four placements: Oct - Dec 2024, Jan - Mar 2025, April - June 2025, or July - Sept 2025) 

Young Scientist Centre

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 with 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. 

Who are we looking for?

This placement 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, flexible, open-minded, and keen to learn new skills.


To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement, (of no more than 500 words) to, explaining how you meet the requirements for the role. 

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

Interviews week commencing 5/12 August 2024.

Please also state  your preferred start date.

Read a blog from one of our previous PhD interns here: What's it like to be an 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