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The Royal Institution is world-renowned as the home of science.  Begun by Michael Faraday in 1825, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES are broadcast on UK television every December and have formed part of the British Christmas tradition for generations. The Ri currently has opportunities for three Internships for PhD students (PIPS), based at its historical headquarters in Mayfair, London. These exciting opportunities for 12 week placements will involve joining the Ri at its busiest and most exciting time of year; the planning, filming and broadcast of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

The Ri offers placements for students who are enrolled on a research degree under the Doctoral Training Partnership programme funded by Research Councils including the BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC and NERC.

These placements are termed a Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIP), they last for 12 weeks and are full-time, planned to start this autumn.

  • Programmes Assistant -Intern - to assist with preparations for the development and filming of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.
  • Media Communications Assistant - Intern  - to support the Ri in promoting the CHRISTMAS LECTURES and related activities through a variety of media platforms.
  • Digital Media Intern  - to focus on expanding and developing our online audiences, helping to produce and distribute digital science communication content and optimising the user-experience across our digital platforms.

The closing dates for applications is midnight on Monday 23 July 2018 and the internships are for a 12 week period starting from Autumn 2018.


For more information about our internship programme and details on individual placements, including a job description, timeframes and how to apply, please follow this link: