Wellcome Trust

Neuroscience and Mental Health Internship 2020

Our summer internships for undergraduates are designed to inspire, encourage and support a new generation.

You'll work alongside our experienced staff in the area that most interests you, building on your existing skills and gaining new ones. We value your insights and ideas, and during your time with us you’ll have every opportunity to make a real contribution.

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Internship

What do the Neuroscience and Mental Health team do?

The Neuroscience and Mental Health team improves health through funding scientific research.  We do this by assessing and awarding grants to the research community, keeping up to date with the latest scientific developments and identifying areas where Wellcome could make a difference.

 What would I be doing in Neuroscience and Mental Health?

During an internship here your main focus will be writing a report on neuroinfections – these are bacteria, viruses and parasites that enter the brain and damage or disrupt its function.  These infections have a major impact on health, especially in low- and middle-income countries, and you will help us identify areas where Wellcome could make a difference. This will involve reviewing the scientific literature, talking to experts within Wellcome and externally and writing a report and making recommendations. You may also have the opportunity to get involved in other areas, based on your interest and schedules permitting. This could include attending scientific meetings, scientific communication – such as blog posts and social media.

 What skills/ experience do I need to work in this role?

Applicants need to be working towards a degree in the life sciences, have an interest in the brain and infectious diseases and be enthusiastic to learn new knowledge and skills.

What's on offer?

  • You'll work on real projects.

  • You’ll be part of a cohort of interns, and get to share your experiences together.

  • You’ll work on a project with fellow interns which will develop new skills and show you how the organisation operates to achieve its aims.

  • You’ll have a dedicated line manager who’ll support and mentor you, and oversee your work.

  • You’ll have lots of opportunities for development – including the chance to meet people from across Wellcome, hear from industry experts, attend career development workshops and participate in group volunteering days.

  • You'll gain insight into how a global charity works and leave your internship with some great connections and experience.

Dates and accommodation

  • The internships will run from 29 June to 21 August and you will need to be available for the full period.

  • Subsidised accommodation is available at the cost of £100 per week.


  • You must be partway through your undergraduate studies; we cannot consider candidates in their final year of an undergraduate degree or any Master's or PhD students.

  • You will need to have the right to work in the UK

How we receive your application

Please note your application will be anonymised and each question will be read in isolation to avoid bias. For this reason, please ensure each answer you give makes sense in isolation. For example, please avoid referring back to answers to previous questions.

If you are applying for multiple roles we are happy for you to copy and paste some of the content in your answers to question 1 and 4 across applications

If you have access requirements that mean making this application will be difficult please let me know, we would be happy to consider alternative methods.

Role posted - 2020-01-29T21:19:08Z 9:19pm, 29th Jan 2020 GMT