Information for Interns

Internships are fixed-term periods of mentored work usually either undertaken by students during holidays alongside academic study or by graduates at any time prior to securing employment post-graduation. Typically, they last between 4 and 12 weeks.

Advertised Internships

External students as well as University of Cambridge students are welcome to apply for Internships within the University. Occasionally, internship vacancies will be advertised on the University of Cambridge Careers Service website and on some individual departmental sites and external sites.

If you are interested in applying for an internship vacancy that you have seen advertised, please follow the application instructions on the advert. For more information on internships, please see here.

Speculative applications

There are more than 850 researchers (~300 groups) working in neuroscience across 30 departments at the University of Cambridge, working in everything from applied maths, to zoology.

You need to decide which area you would like to work in. The easiest way would be for you to search the Cambridge Neuroscience directory by subject of interest (e.g. Parkinson’s, depression, head injury etc).

Contact the principal investigator directly (contact details are usually on their profile pages) to ask about an internship (mentioning expertise, interest, giving their CV, whether you have funding or not – many labs may not have available funds to pay, but this would be on an individual basis). Investigators want students who are interested in their research specifically so it is worth thinking about what specific area you would like to work in.