Apply to our internship scheme by Wednesday 22nd April

Applications for our summer 2015 voluntary internships are now open.

We have over 40 voluntary, project-based internships available across a variety of departments at Cancer Research UK. These are mostly based in our Head office in London, but we also offer a number of home-based roles which are based across the country. Our internships last for last 12 weeks, starting on Monday 15th June 2015.

How to apply

To apply for an internship, please download and complete an application form and submit it to by 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd April.


Selected applicants will be invited for interviews between Thursday 7th and Thursday 21st May. 

The scheme

Each year in January, June and September, Cancer Research UK hosts around 50 interns to volunteer on 12-week projects, which will help us to continue the work we do - funding life-saving research.

Open to undergraduates, graduates and career changers looking to develop their skills and gain work experience, our internships are based either in London, supporting our head office teams or regionally, supporting our events or volunteer fundraising teams across the country.

The scheme has been consistently recognised by external bodies, ranking 51st out of the Top 100 Graduate Employers on Rate my Placement, making Cancer Research UK the top internship scheme in the country. We’ve also been awarded the National Council for Work Experience’s ‘Best Charity Sector Internship’ award in 2013.

What will you be doing?

Interns are recruited to volunteer on specific projects in teams across all our directorates, working in the fields of:

  • Events
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • HR
  • Fundraising
  • Policy and Campaigns
  • IT
  • Health Information and Community Health Engagement
  • Research Funding

Internships take place up to 4 days a week for 12 weeks, during which time you could be researching and planning a new project or coordinating a project in the delivery stages.

What will you get out of it?

  • You’ll receive support and guidance in your role from a dedicated manager
  • You’ll have the opportunity to apply to our mentoring scheme, to help you with your personal development
  • A full induction into Cancer Research UK and the team you’ll be volunteering in
  • Training in CV writing and interview techniques
  • The opportunity to network with other interns who you’ll be volunteering alongside
  • We’ll provide you with a written reference on successful completion of your internship
  • Reasonable travel and lunch expenses will be reimbursed
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to beat cancer, sooner.

Register your future interest

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept CVs or covering letters at any time or applications outside of the recruitment periods.

If you'd like to receive an email when applications open for future intakes, please email specifying which intake you are interested in.

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