About the Programme

Run by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) and the UK Health Data Research Alliance (the ‘Alliance’) in partnership with 10,000 Black Interns initiative, our Health Data Science Black Internship Programme continues an exciting endeavour for early career Black data scientists who are currently heavily under-represented within the health data science community.
Our Health Data Science Black Internship Programme is just one of several steps that we are taking to start to address this underrepresentation.


Join us for the 2022 closing ceremony and celebration

Current and past interns are invited to take part in a special closing ceremony celebrating the achievements of the 2022 Black Internship Programme.

It’s free to attend, takes place on 13 September at The Wellcome Collection in central London, and will be a chance for interns to meet each other and to network with health data organisations. A buffet lunch will be provided as well as post-programme drinks to celebrate the end of our 2022 programme.

The event will feature networking sessions, award and certificate presentations and talks by a variety of speakers.

There will be breakout sessions offering expert advice on CVs, LinkedIn profiles and interview preparation.

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Our Class of 2022 interns

Watch our launch programme below:

The mission

The UK has an urgent need for new health data scientists – it’s a rapidly expanding field with the recognised potential to transform the future of health and care for all, and we believe that health data science should be as effective as possible in serving and reflecting the needs of the entire UK population. The overall aim of our Health Data Science Black Internship Programme is to not only to continue to tackle the underrepresentation of Black people within the health data science sector, but to also provide motivated candidates with the experience they need to kick-start their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

The 2023 Programme

If you are an organisation that would like to host an intern in the summer of 2023, please get in touch! Or you can find out more about being a host organisation here.

Contact us

If you’d like to be in the next cohort of interns, you can register your interest to apply for our 2023 internship programme by clicking the link below – we’d love to have you on board!

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Our 2021 programme

In our first programme, we placed 48 interns – over half being women – at 23 of our host organisations, including The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Science Centre, University of Cambridge and more. Many of our 2021 interns have now secured extended internships, as well short-term or permanent jobs thanks to the experience they gained and network they made through our programme.

Our 2021 interns’ experiences