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Current Opportunities

We are currently looking forward and thinking about ways of developing our collaboration opportunities with non-academic partners in the worlds of public and social policy, business, finance, third sector activity, and beyond.

The Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in the Social Sciences is very much committed to the idea of ‘real world research’ and we want our students to gain experience of working with external partners, however briefly.  We expect DTP students to undertake some form of collaborative activity as part of the their PhD training. We also strongly believe that there can be mutual benefits in such collaboration.


Internship Opportunities - Lent Term 2018 call

The Cambridge Social Science Partnership invites applications to its Lent Term 2018 call. 15 different partners offer up to 40 internship project opportunities under this current call. These 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 transferable research, communications and analytical skills outside the university sector.




 Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office Policy Advisor with the Open Innovation Team 

Cambridge Ahead

Project Researcher (Digital Connectivity)

Cambridge Cleantech

Cleantech Cluster Research Intern

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

Production of the 2018 Vital Signs publication


Marketing Communications Intern


Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 

Department for International Trade

Kew Gardens

Research and Policy intern

Living Laboratory for Sustainability

People & Communities - Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Councils

Family and Professional Network Evaluator 

Rand Europe

The Cheeky Panda Ltd 

How low carbon products can be used to future proof both the environment and the tax liabilities of large corporates.

The Saatchi Institute at M&C Saatchi World Services

Research and Policy intern to support all aspects of our research work, from assignment to delivery of final strategy. (PAID internship)

Deadline for all applications under this call: 9am on Thursday 22 February

To apply for the opportunities above, please read the steps outlined here and complete a CSSP Internships Application form and return it with your CV to: .


British Library Opportunities

A broad range of research placement opportunities have been identified by the British Library for 2018-19. Details and profiles for the internships summarised below are available here



British Library

  • Afrikaans fiction
  • Investigating Anne McLaren’s Notebooks
  • Art, Poetry and Politics – Contemporary British Artists’ Books
  • Exploring music archives of 20th-century British composers
  • Unlocking Charles I’s Vision of Rome
  • Exploring our ‘Endangered Archives’ Projects in Africa
  • First World War French posters
  • Examining the role of internal engagement and communications
  • Visualising a future for Midland Road and Euston Road
  • North American Migrant Narratives
  • Playbills in context: linked open data for historical playbills
  • Policy development with the British Library
  • Political cartoons in India in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Virus checking in long-term digital collection management and digital preservation
  • William Blake at the British Library

 The application deadline for the British Library internships is 4pm on 19 February 2018. Application Guidelines and the application form are available at:

To apply for the opportunities at the British Library, please read the steps outlined here , refer to the guidelines and email the completed application form and a CV to

Microsoft Research Cambridge Opportunities

A Social Science internship at Microsoft Research Cambridge gives you the opportunity to work on real problems alongside one of our full-time researchers as your mentor. Please note that Microsoft Research internship projects are 12 weeks long and run mostly through the summer period.

Project (PAID internships)

  • Digital Possessions (HCI) (Ref: MSRC 213) Applications close February 2 2018
  • Audio User Interface (HCI) (Ref: MSRC 223) Applications close January 29 2018
  • Functional programming and spreadsheets (Programming Languages/HCI) (Ref: MSRC 226) Applications close January 31 2018
  • Adaptive Productivity (HCI)  (Ref: MSRC 229) Applications close January 31 2018

If you are interested in working with world-renowned Microsoft Research internship projects such as the ones summarized in the table above please read the steps outlined here and use the following link to apply.  (

Please note that deadline for applications vary as shown above. 


Other Opportunities

Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) of the United Nations System

Geneva, Switzerland

Applications to the internship programme are accepted on a year round rolling basis.

For further details please visit:



Next steps for ESRC DTP Students

If your internship application is successful, the ESRC DTP requires a formal record of your plans. Please follow the steps outlined here in order to trigger an extension to your ESRC DTP Studentship and your thesis submission date.