Cancers of Unmet Need, Scientific Event Management Internship

Islington, London
Start date:
Mon 16th January 2017
Office-based roles
Time commitment:
Three to four days a week
Posted on:

Please complete and return the internship application form by email to by midday on Wednesday 9 November.

Download the application form


We‘re looking for an organised, focussed and quick-thinking individual with an interest in helping us beat our four cancers of unmet need (cancers of the brain, lung, oesophagus and pancreas).

What will I be doing?

You’ll be helping bring researchers together to identify the research questions which – if answered – will make a real difference to cancer patients. Plus, you’ll get a chance to rub shoulders with some of the most influential and exciting scientists in the world. There will also be a chance to participate in and support other ongoing activities to boost our investment in these four diseases. You will do this by:

  • Providing day-to-day support for scientific events
  • Helping scope opportunities for new scientific meeting and workshops
  • Being a key point of contact for scientists and internal stakeholders
  • Helping create branding for each meeting, giving each event a strong visual identity
  • Engaging different branches of the charity (such as the press team, fundraising teams and the patient involvement teams) to deliver a successful event
  • Contributing to writing engaging communications about the meetings for staff, supporters and scientists

What skills will I gain?

  • Experience in developing and running scientific events
  • Project management skills
  • Interpersonal skills by working with teams across the charity, and members of the research community
  • Knowledge of Cancer Research UK’s ambition regarding these four cancer types
  • An ability to promote Cancer Research UK’s scientific brand

What skills do I need?

  • A broad interest in research and research funding
  • An interest in scientific events
  • Grace under pressure
  • Good attention to detail
  • Strong organisational skills

Why we need you

Although research has boosted survival for many cancers, treatment options remain few and far between for people with cancers of the brain, lung, pancreas or oesophagus. That’s why our 2014 research strategy pledged to make research into these four diseases a priority. Sparking long-term, sustainable growth in these areas will only happen if we work closely with scientists – we need to listen to their perspective and understand their needs. We also need to encourage them to work together to tackle this formidable challenge. You’ll help enable this dialogue by bringing scientists together – at meetings and workshops – to identify areas where Cancer Research UK can make a real difference.

How much time do I need to commit?

Ideally, we would like someone who can commit to a minimum of 3 days a week for 12 weeks, but this is flexible and open to discussion at interview.

Where will I be based?

You will be based at our head office in Islington, London, although the option of working from home can be discussed at interview if you need the internship to fit around existing commitments.

How do I apply?

Please download and complete the internship application form and submit it to by midday on Wednesday 9 November.

Why we need you

Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour and every person. We need you to help us by volunteering. Play a part in this inspiring story and volunteer. Help us to create more tomorrows.

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