Policy (Cancer Prevention) 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 placements@cancer.org.uk by midday on Wednesday 9 November.

Download the application form


We‘re looking for a motivated and organised individual to evaluate the impact of our research studies and contribute to the development of tobacco and obesity policy.

What will I be doing?

  • Managing a project to evaluate the research Cancer Research UK has funded on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)
  • Communicating with researchers and supporting the development of communications and media around publication of studies
  • Updating policy briefings with new evidence
  • Supporting the development of Cancer Research UK’s e-cigarette research profile
  • Supporting the delivery of a political campaign to convince the Government to secure funding for Stop Smoking Services
  • Writing policy briefings on effective policies to reduce children’s obesity
  • Scoping media stories about how junk food is marketed to children

What skills will I gain?

  • Developing your ability to evaluate the impact of research on policy
  • Project management and organisation skills
  • Stakeholder engagement with the research community
  • Interpersonal skills by working with teams across the charity
  • Understanding the policy environment and how we influence policy makers
  • Strong writing skills (producing briefings, Parliamentary Questions, and writing persuasively for different audiences)
  • A strong understanding of the political context for health policy

What skills do I need?

  • An interest in politics and/or policy development
  • An interest in public health in the UK is desirable
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to research a broad range of information and distil key details
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Good time management and prioritisation
  • The ability to complete tasks autonomously

Why we need you

More than four in ten cancers can be prevented, and working with Government is vital for us to help create an environment which helps people stack the odds of not getting cancer in their favour. We have a track record of successful campaigning on tobacco issues, including measures such as the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco.

We’re looking for an intern to join the team at an exciting time, where activities will include supporting policy development and communications in the rapidly changing environment of e-cigarettes. You will also be involved in developing policy around obesity and cancer, which is an area of growth for the charity. The role will be a mix of researching and writing policy documents, communicating with researchers to support the publication of research projects and building the profile of Cancer Research UK’s e-cigarette work.

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 the scheme is flexible and this can be discussed on a 1 to 1 basis.

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 placements@cancer.org.uk by midday on Wednesday 9 November.

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