Four PhD Science Engagement Internships at the Royal Institution (Ri)

The Royal Institution (Ri) are looking for x3 Phd students to join their L’Oreal Young Scientist Centre (LYSC) for a three month internship to gain experience in science communication and engagement. These internships will run consecutively from February to October 2023 with some flexibility around exact start dates for the right candidates.

As the successful intern, your main role will be to assist with the delivery of their science engagement workshops, interacting with the young people who attend. You will have the opportunity to build your confidence in presenting in an educational environment, develop your skills in a lab technician role, receive regular feedback and training in science communication and design content for use at events and on Ri social media.

In addition to this, the Royal Institution (Ri) are also looking for an intern to join their Family Programmes team in January 2023. The Family Programme is core to how the Ri engage the general public with science. Based mostly at their offices in central London, this internship will consist of theatre talks, interactive workshops and hands-on open days. Your main role will be to assist the Family Programmes Manager in the delivery of this programme, helping deliver workshops, developing hands-on activities for science activities and creating short science videos for YouTube and TikTok. 

Please note, the Ri offers placements for students who are enrolled on a research degree under the Doctoral Training Partnership programme funded by Research Councils including the BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, AHRC and NERC. These opportunities are only open to PhD students who are eligible for a stipend via their DTP/University/research council in order to undertake a three month professional internship. Students should check with their university that they are able to secure funding before applying. They will need to obtain the grant holder’s written permission to undertake the placement, outlining any funding arrangements, before a position can be offered.

All roles are based in Central London, with a mix of home and office working; students will be expected to base themselves within or near to London for the period of the placement.

For more information about either internship and details of individual placements, timeframes and how to apply, please see their website via this link: Science Engagement Interns – four internships | Royal Institution (

Closing date for applications: 9.00am on Tuesday 8 November 2022.

If you have any queries or need any further information about the Ri, please contact Rakhshanda Hussain (