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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 - Easter Term 2018 call

The Cambridge Social Science Partnership invites applications to its Easter Term 2018 PhD internship scheme. This time we are offering students the opportunity to suggest a project or area of work that they would like to get involved in with some of our partners. These different partners could offer a range of 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 transferrable research, communications and analytical skills outside the university sector.

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

  • Cabinet Office
  • Cofinitive
  • CognitionX
  • Defra
  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
  • Department for International Trade
  • HM Inspectorate of Probation
  • M&C Saatchi
  • Rand Europe




Background information about each of the partners can be found here.                 

Deadline for all applications under this call: 9am on Monday 9 July 2018.

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: and (Dr Konstantina Stamati)

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.