The Royal Institution – Deadline 23rd May 2023

The Royal Institution is looking for a PhD student to join The Family Programme for a three-month internship to gain experience in science communication and engagementThis internship will run concurrently from June to September 2023, for exact dates please see attached job descriptions.

The Role

The Family Programme at the Royal Institution forms a core part of how we engage the general public with science. Based mostly in our building in central London, this programme consists of theatre talks, interactive workshops and hands-on open days. We work in collaboration with scientists and research groups from around the country to make these events happen, showcasing the amazing science being done in the UK and beyond.

As a successful intern, your main role will be to assist in the delivery of this programme together with the Family Programmes Manager. This role will give you experience of a wide variety of different types of science engagement, from helping deliver workshops, to designing interactive science activities.

Specific duties will include

    • Helping deliver workshops to a family audience
    • Designing hands-on activities for science activity days
    • Creating self-guided tours of our building
    • Working with our demos team to create content for science lectures Writing blogs for our website
    • Creating short science videos for YouTube and TikTok

Who are we looking for?

This placement would be ideal for anyone interested in science education, education outreach, working with young people, and science communication. There is no need to have any prior experience in science communication or working with young people.

We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic to get involved with the team, flexible, open-minded, and keen to learn new skills.


This opportunity is only open to PhD students who are eligible to undertake an internship as part of their studentship and receive a stipend from their Doctoral Training Programme (DTP). Please check with your university/DTP to ensure funding is available before applying for this internship.

You will need to obtain the grant holder’s written permission to undertake the placement, outlining any funding arrangements, before a position can be offered – Please contact Catherine Liddle for this.

To apply, please send a current CV to by 9 am on Tuesday 23 May 2023 along with a cover letter, no more than 500 words, explaining why you are interested in the internship and why we should consider you for the placement.

Interviews are due to take place week commencing 29 May 2023.

Please also complete the Recruitment Monitoring Form and return this along with your application.

This role will require the successful candidate to undergo an enhanced DBS check upon commencement of the role.

For more information about the Ri, the internship programme, relevant dates for this internship, and to download the monitoring form, please see our website at Work with us | Royal Institution ( Read a blog from one of our previous PhD interns here: From birds to bones and the BBC | Royal Institution (

The Ri is an Equal Opportunities Employer.