Policy Research Centre for 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 are looking for an organised individual who is interested in research and funding management, to develop their skills in scoping and managing a research study.

What will I be doing?

  • Leading on the development of a research study to examine the link between cancer prevention and health inequalities
    • Conducting a literature review, collating existing data available in the UK
    • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders to develop a research question
    • Writing a research brief and collate feedback from internal teams to develop this
    • Assisting with commissioning out the research brief to the external research community
  • Supporting the research funding management of the Tobacco Advisory Group
    • Liaising with the external tobacco and e-cigarette research community
    • Finding peer reviewer expertise for applications
    • Preparing high quality papers and reports

What skills will I gain?

  • Experience of research development and knowledge of the research funding process
  • Stakeholder engagement and building relationships with the research community
  • Project management and report writing skills
  • Interpersonal skills by collaborating with teams across the charity
  • The ability to complete tasks autonomously and deliver to a clear brief
  • Strong written communication skills, to collate information and draft recommendations

What skills do I need?

  • Good attention to detail, including accurate written communication
  • Ability to research a broad range of information and distil key facts
  • Proactive and professional attitude and approach
  • Strong communication skills
  • Confident in engaging with both internal and external audiences
  • Strong organisational skills

Why we need you

Four in 10 cancers are preventable, which places cancer prevention activities at the forefront of our ambition to beat cancer sooner. Being overweight or obese and smoking are the two biggest preventable causes of cancer. The Policy Research Centre for Cancer Prevention (PRCP) commissions and conducts research that can be translated into key prevention policy recommendations across a range of cancer prevention topics, including tobacco and obesity. The PRCP sits within the Cancer Prevention Department in the Policy and Information Directorate.

We’re looking for an intern to help us deliver on key research projects and manage UK tobacco and e-cigarette research. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and develop skills in research design, funding, and management.

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.

Why we need you

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