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Applications for our Summer 2018 intake of internships have now closed.

We are no longer accepting applications for our Summer internships. 

If you have submitted an application you can expect to hear from us by Tuesday 29 May at the latest.

Interviews will take place between Tuesday 29 May and Friday 8 June.

Looking for a placement over the autumn? 

If you're looking for an internship at our head office in London, our Autumn intake will be starting in September 2018 and we'll be accepting applications in July. If you would like to register your interest to receive an email reminder once applications open, then please send a blank email with the subject header 'Autumn Reminder' to


From June 2018 all internships at Cancer Research UK will be paid – making it one of the first major UK charities to abolish unpaid internships. This updated policy on internships is part of a wider commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse culture where everyone is able to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applicants from a diverse background, as we are keen to represent the communities we support.


If you have a question about the internship scheme or your application, please contact or check the FAQs tab at the bottom of this page.

The scheme

Cancer Research UK’s internship programme will typically last for 12 weeks and will give school leavers, undergraduates, graduates and career changers an opportunity to develop their skills and gain work experience.

Paid internships will take place across the organisational departments, including Fundraising & Marketing, Corporate Partnerships, Policy and Information, Science Communication and Human Resources. 

Paid internships may be based in London, supporting head office teams, or regionally, supporting teams across the country.

The internship programme will give successful applicants – who are looking to start their career in the sector – a unique insight into working for a charity, whilst playing their part in the fight against cancer. 

The charity is also looking at ways to improve the career progression path from our internships to permanent roles within the organisation and to support interns in developing key business skills and experience.

Cancer Research UK’s internships have been recognised as one of the top schemes in the country. This year we were ranked as the top charity in Rate My Placement's Top 100 Graduate Employers.

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