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Applications are now closed for 2019


The RSB has two internship positions available annually for current PhD students who are funded by BBSRC, MRC or NERC.

Successful applicants spend three months working at the RSB in Charles Darwin House.

What does an internship at the RSB involve?

RSB policy activity spans the biological sciences, including biomedicine, animal, plant, microbial and environmental science, as well as general science policy issues of research funding, careers in science, higher education, diversity and inclusion, publication policy, and science and society.

We regularly reply to government and national level consultations and engage pro-actively with policy development through the work of our Fellows, committees and Special Interest Groups. Our individual members and Member Organisations represent a valuable network of expertise and policy interest.

The Society’s policy department works to support and guide the development of policy outputs from the Society as well as in developing workshops, events and policy communications.

An internship with the Society will involve the combination of a specific project to be substantially delivered within the period of the placement, along with involvement in ongoing projects and activities of the RSB team. This may be the generation of a response to a government or Parliamentary consultation, or the drafting of a position statement, on behalf of the RSB.

Opportunities will also be available to get involved in the development of a policy activity (task force or workshop) and to join the wider RSB team in organising events such as Voice of the Future, Parliamentary Links Day, and Policy Lates.

In addition to delivering a defined project, the Society will aim to encourage attendance at relevant Parliamentary and charitable events, as well as participation in appropriate science-policy workshops and discussion groups.

Our interns will also be offered a wide range of opportunities to produce written outputs for publication, such as authoring an RSB news story, an article for our publication The Biologist, or articles for our blog.  The Society has a busy calendar of committee, task force and steering group meetings so some experience of working with committees and recording committee proceedings would also be on offer.

Interns receive guidance, training and help from members of the policy department and across the Society as appropriate to their task. In this way, we aim to ensure that internship activities meet both the interests of the Research Council applicant and the needs of the Society at the same time.

Though the range of activities available to each intern is often wide and varied, we aim to tailor the programme to the skills-set and interests of the individual. We take particular care to ensure that interns maintain a balanced portfolio of activity and feel well supported by the team during their time with us.

Take a look at this blog, written by one of our policy interns during 2018, for more information about the experience.

Working arrangements

Successful applicants are asked to sign a volunteer agreement with the Society before commencing their placement.

This agreement specifies details of the placement including working hours, claiming expenses, supervision and provision of training.


Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU

Work will be situated in an office setting with some external meetings by arrangement. 


For more information, please contact our science policy manager Laura Marshall.

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