Policy Development 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 an enthusiastic and committed intern to contribute to our high-achieving Policy Development team, while gaining experience across all areas of our work.

What will I be doing?

  • Assisting on a project to better understand how cancer services are organised and reimbursed in light of NHS reforms  
  • Monitoring the implementation of the cancer strategy in England and exploring innovative ways to communicate our analysis to stakeholders
  • Supporting our work influencing the NHS in England and the devolved nations
  • Helping the Policy Development team monitor health and science policy issues and assisting with developing our position on these
  • Evaluating and drafting policy reports and government consultations
  • There may be opportunities to assist with public affairs and campaigning activities

What skills will I gain?

  • Understanding of the policy environment and how we influence policymakers
  • Writing skills (examples may include drafting briefings, consultation responses, Parliamentary Questions)
  • Strong understanding of the political context for health policy
  • Research and analysis
  • Project management
  • Knowledge of the charity

What skills do I need?

  • Interest in politics and/or public policy development
  • Strong research and analysis skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication
  • Good time management and prioritisation
  • Teamwork, and the ability to collaborate across teams
  • The ability to deliver tasks autonomously

Why we need you

Cancer Research UK’s Policy Department is an award-winning team that works with Parliament and Government to achieve our goal of beating cancer sooner. We have enjoyed some major successes, having campaigned for smoke-free workplaces, close engagement with and updates to national cancer strategies and much-needed investment in radiotherapy services and diagnostics.

We’re looking for an intern to help us develop our policy positions across a variety of health and science issues. This will include ways to ensure the NHS diagnoses more cancers earlier; how cancer services are structured in light of NHS reforms and financial challenges; access to innovative cancer treatments and promoting an optimal environment for research into cancer.

How much time do I need to commit?

We would like someone who can commit up to 4 days a week for 12 weeks, but this is flexible and can be discussed 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 placements@cancer.org.uk by midday on Wednesday 9 November.

Why we need you

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