Skip to main content

BSI internship scheme

The BSI internship scheme offers three-month internships to graduates interested in exploring the career possibilities available within learned societies. The internship will allow you to learn more about the activities that the Society undertakes, with a particular focus on our public engagement work.  This internship scheme is open to candidates who are BBSRC-funded PhD students looking to undertake a ‘Professional Internship for PhD students (PIPS)’ as part of their Doctoral Training Programme within the life sciences. 

We are looking for graduates with good organisational skills who are willing to undertake a range of diverse tasks. During the three months of the internship you will be engaged in primarily helping the British Society for Immunology to drive forward our public engagement work, particularly around vaccines. The exact project undertaken during the internship will depend on the individual candidate but will involve working with the BSI team to:

  • Carry out a public engagement project with the help of staff, on a topic to be decided. This will require being able to translate complex immunology to be easily understood by a public audience.  The output of this project will be disseminated, as appropriate, to the public and BSI members, as well as leading partners and external organisations.
  • Assist with additional activities that contribute to the overall running of the BSI. This could include activities such as supporting our in-house journal teams with their commissioning and marketing work, contributing to the BSI's wider communications and partnership work.  

Each internship is awarded on a competitive basis and will run for a continuous three month period. The exact timing of internships is negotiable, however, we are currently only able to take one intern at a time. The BSI staff team have a hybrid working pattern, mostly working remotely with a part-time central London office. We accept applicants who are not based in London and want to work remotely for the three month duration of the internship.

To apply for the scheme please email your CV and a brief cover letter detailing your suitability for the role including your knowledge of immunology, whether you have funding through the BBSRC, and availability to Otto Balsiger. Interviews will be held as part of the application process. Please note that due to UK Border Agency restrictions, we will not contemplate overseas applications unless there is clear evidence of existing permission to work in the UK. 

We are currently not accepting any additional applications to our internship scheme. 

Please contact Otto Balsiger for further information. 

Please note, we do not operate any research labs ourselves and are unable to offer any placements to provide you with direct experience of working in an immunology lab within our organisation. If you are interested in gaining this type of experience, you may find it useful to have a look at our grants page or our jobs board.