Wellcome Trust

Investments 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 Investments Internship

What do the Investments team do?

The Investments team manages our £27bn investment portfolio, which spans the globe from Silicon Valley to Shenzhen. From technology start-ups to corporate goliaths, private equity to hedge funds, and prime central property to currencies, we look for opportunities to grow our portfolio over a perpetual time horizon.

Distributions from the investment portfolio fund all the Wellcome Trust’s global biomedical research; one of our strengths is that we are both financially and politically independent.

What will be the next $1 trillion listed company? When will electric cars cause oil demand to start falling? Will cash become obsolete? What will the next financial crisis look like? These are some of the questions we consider as we think about the investment universe.

What would I be doing in Investments?

During an internship here you’ll be involved in helping present investment ideas and blue-skies discussions within the team, portfolio management discussions, investment due diligence for new opportunities and meeting existing and potential investment partners and companies across asset classes.

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

Applicants will need to be analytical, and a fast-learner, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to offer fresh perspectives and think critically and be keen to take a hands-on approach. 

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 - 2020-01-29T21:15:15Z 9:15pm, 29th Jan 2020 GMT