Health Communications (Information Innovation) 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 enthusiastic and tenacious intern to volunteer with our innovative team, who are developing different methods of providing information to cancer patients and the public.

What will I be doing?

Exactly what you will be volunteering on will depend on which projects the team is currently working on and the stage of these projects. The sorts of activities you will be involved in are:

  • Researching new ways of providing information and new audiences. You’ll also identify potential opportunities for Cancer Research UK to partner with external organisations and will present back your findings and recommendations to the team.
  • Supporting the delivery of idea generation workshops both as a team and bringing together people from teams across Cancer Research UK and from outside the charity to share experiences.
  • Supporting during the testing of new ideas as we develop prototype products and testing these with consumers.
  • Supporting with the launch of new products, including use of internal and external communications.

What skills will I gain?

  • An understanding of the innovation process and an insight into how new products are developed, delivered in market, and evaluated
  • Research skills – gathering information and synthesising this to understand the external market
  • Presenting your research findings and recommendations in both written and spoken format
  • Project management skills
  • Influencing, persuading and communication skills
  • The ability to prioritise and complete tasks under time pressure in a fast-paced environment

What skills do I need?

  • An interest in public health, healthcare or health marketing
  • An interest in innovation and new technologies
  • An inquisitive mind-set
  • Problem solving ability
  • Research and analytical skills
  • The ability to complete tasks independently and proactively
  • Personal drive and a desire to turn thoughts into action
  • Organisational skills

Why we need you

The Policy and Information Directorate at Cancer Research UK is committed to increasing cancer survival rates by working with the public, the government, and healthcare providers to prevent cancer, diagnose it early and improve access to the best treatment options.

Providing information to patients and the public is a key activity for Cancer Research UK – for example, to ensure that those who are affected by cancer are well informed and understand their treatment choices. But the way people consume information is changing rapidly and we need to keep pace with these changes so that the information we’re offering is still relevant in 5-10 years’ time. The Information Innovation Team has been set up to identify emerging trends, spot opportunities and test new information products.

We’re looking for an intern to help us build and test new ways of delivering health and patient information. This role will incorporate a mixture of research, problem solving, analytical and project management tasks, so it would be perfect for someone who enjoys variety.

How much time do I need to commit?

Ideally, we would like someone who can commit to 3 - 4 days a week for 12 weeks, but this is flexible and can be discussed on a 1 to 1 basis, with flexible working a possibility.

Where will I be based?

You will be based at our head office in Islington, London.

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.

Volunteering policy

We are committed to giving you the best experience possible and believe that the volunteer relationship is one of honour, trust and mutual understanding.

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