Internships

If you have any questions about our internship scheme

Applications for our summer 2015 voluntary internships are now closed.

Applications for our autumn intake, which will begin on Monday 14th September 2015 for 12 weeks, are due to open on Friday 26th June. If you would like to be reminded of when we are accepting applications, please email placements@cancer.org.uk with the subject heading, ‘Autumn Internships reminder.’

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 placements@cancer.org.uk specifying which intake you are interested in.

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