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Current Opportunities

There are three main rounds of Internship Calls annually, corresponding to the Michelmas, Lent and Easter terms. Other collaboration opportunities are also available throughout the academic year. Placements are open to all PhD students in the University of Cambridge and funding is available to cover associated costs.


Internship Opportunities - Michaelmas Term 2018 call

The Cambridge Social Science Partnership invites applications to its Michaelmas 2018 PhD internship scheme.

Opportunities have been selected to support teams based across a range of sectors to carry out a number of projects and activities, whilst also providing unique professional development opportunities for PhD researchers. It is not necessary for the project to relate directly to the student’s PhD topic or specific research interests. Rather, we see these placements as a means to develop and apply transferrable research, communications and analytical skills outside the university sector. 

All opportunities are open to the Cambridge ESRC DTP and the wider social sciences PhD and post docs in Cambridge, including PhD students that just submitted their thesis. 

Under the current Call, internships are available with the following partners/project areas: 

Application Procedure

Deadline for all applications under this call: 5pm on Wed 14 November 2018.

Under the current Call, internships are available with the following partners:

 M&C Saatchi World Service - Research, Insight and Evaluation 

Research Associates to work on a portfolio of internationally relevant projects such as: 


  • Improving access to identification among women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa 

  • Exploring digital media landscapes in repressive Middle Eastern states 

  • Mapping the impact of a youth digital platform in Indonesia 

  • Providing behavioural insights for the campaign on tackling stigma and discrimination against LGBTQI groups in Southern Africa among other projects 

Further details for this offer can be found here.

Food Standards Agency

AI, Digitization and Emerging Technologies: Implications for Food Safety Regulation in the UK and Global Food Systems

Further details for this offer can be found here. 

for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

London, UK

Setting Defra’s International Ambition on the Environment, Poverty and Climate 

Further details for this offer can be found here.

Department of Health and Social Care 

Research Analyst to drive an improvement in the public health research landscape across the UK 

Further details for this offer can be found here.

Cabinet Office & HM Treasury - Infrastructure & Projects Authority (IPA)

Analysis of the Government’s major project performance data

Further details for this offer can be found here.

Cabinet Office

 Cabinet Office Policy Advisor with the Open Innovation Team

Further details for this offer can be found here.

Office for Civil Society

 Youth and Social Action (including Loneliness)

Further details for this offer can be found here.



Co-op Teams

These projects will be conducted with a partner organisation and can be of entrepreneurial or business or policy in nature and will have clear benefits to the society. 

This term’s Co-op Teams will be between 11:30-13:00 (lunch provided) with:


•MEP for East of England, Alex Mayer (19th of November)and

Vanna Aldin, Head of Analytics and Chief Economist for Food Standards Agency  (28th of November) 


If you would like to participate, let us know by email ( 


Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Details on activities, seminars and workshops relating to Leadership and Entrepreneurship will be be announced soon.

From Idea to Spin-off with Impulse Programme: 5 places – Call opens December 2018

This scheme will offer PhD students and early career researchers the chance to be involved with developing a company out of research findings generated within the university.

Run in conjunction with the Maxwell Centre's Impulse Programme, this will consist of a 3-month project going through the process of developing an idea into a fully-fledged spin-off company.


Date: Tuesday 30 October 2018
Time: 9.00 - 16.00 including lunch
Venue: Seminar Room B4, Institute for Criminology

The Cambridge ESRC DTP-IAA offers a free one-day training course to PhD students and Postdocs on Business awareness. The course is aimed to assist students, postdoctoral researchers or those in a transitional phase (e.g. just submitted and before viva) understand how businesses operate and to develop skills valuable to future employees. Many businesses are looking for graduate employees with commercial awareness to enable them to work effectively in the workplace.

This fun, one day, interactive course includes 'The Frame Game' to give you a taste of the commercial world. Delivery is by the Institute of Manufacturing's experienced industry and academic staff.  So, book a place to: 

  •  Experience how a business works
  •  Explore a range of key business issues including working with customers, different business models and working as a team
  • Develop skills around developing and communicating your research and project

Book your place by Monday 29 October at:


Examples of Previous Projects

See details of some of the projects offered by external partners in previous calls here.


For further information on these calls please contact , Manager of the Cambridge Social Science Partnership.