UKRI research councils have a long standing policy internship scheme for funding three month internship for UK doctoral students to participate in policy making gaining practical training and experience in how research can inform policy making.
The Policy Internship Scheme for 2022/23 has just opened will applicants invited by 4 November 2022. Placements are expected to take place within the 2023 calendar year, with the earliest starting in March 2023. Internships are available with 27 host partners including
- Committee on Climate Change
- Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
- The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST, UK Parliament)
- Select Committees, House of Commons
- The Royal Society
- National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
If you are interested in the interface between science technology and policy we would encourage you to apply. Policy internships can be incredible rewarding and put you at the centre of topical challenges e.g. by supporting select committee enquiries such as the recent BEIS Enquiry on the UK Semiconductor Strategy. Whilst a competitive, additional applicants with STEM knowledge and skills e.g. in Physics and Photonics would be very welcome.