How to apply

Please complete the online application form by 23:55 GMT on Monday 30 July

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Applications for our Autumn 2018 intake of internships are open!

We have around 25 paid internships available across a variety of departments at Cancer Research UK. Our internships last for 12 weeks, starting the week commencing Monday 24 September.

Many of them are based at our head office in London but we also have one Public Affairs role based in Edinburgh.

We don’t have any lab-based roles for the Autumn intake.

How to apply

  1. Click on the pink Apply Now button. You will be directed to our jobs portal.
  2. Filter the results by Job Type and select 'Intern (Fixed Term)'. 

Our 25 internship roles have been organised into 12 general 'streams'. Each stream contains roles that are broadly similar; they require you to have similar skills and will give you broadly similar projects on your placement. The difference is that each role may be within a different team of the organisation or have a slightly different focus e.g. communicating with scientists or communicating with the general public.

You can find out more information about the roles in each stream, the application process and tips for creating a strong application by clicking on the ‘Internship Information Pack’ link in the advert.

  1. Complete an application form for only one of the streams. Applications close on Monday 30th July at 23:55 GMT.

The streams are:

From June 2018 all internships at Cancer Research UK are paid – making it one of the first major UK charities to abolish unpaid internships. This updated policy on internships is part of a wider commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse culture where everyone is able to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applicants from a diverse background, as we are keen to represent the communities we support.

Online Q&A sessions

Do you want more advice about creating a great application? Do you have questions that you want to ask the experts? We’re running 4 online Q&A sessions on the following dates between 12 noon and 1pm:

Tuesday 17 July

Thursday 19 July

Monday 23 July

Wednesday 25 July

More details about how to join these sessions will be published on here later this week.

If you have any problems completing the application form or have a question, please check the FAQs tab at the bottom of this page or contact

The scheme

Cancer Research UK’s internship programme will typically last for 12 weeks and will give school leavers, undergraduates, graduates and career changers an opportunity to develop their skills and gain work experience.

Paid internships will take place across the organisational departments, including Fundraising & Marketing, Technology, Public Affairs, Science Communication and Human Resources. 

Paid internships may be based in London, supporting head office teams, or regionally, supporting teams across the country.

The internship programme will give successful applicants – who are looking to start their career in the sector – a unique insight into working for a charity, whilst playing their part in the fight against cancer. 

The charity is also looking at ways to improve the career progression path from our internships to permanent roles within the organisation and to support interns in developing key business skills and experience.

Cancer Research UK’s internships have been recognised as one of the top schemes in the country. This year we were ranked as the top charity in Rate My Placement's Top 100 Graduate Employers.

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