About the programme

  • This community has been identified through our diversity monitoring as one of the most under-represented group in health data science, as compared to the wider UK population. We recognise that this group experiences high levels of discrimination and maltreatment, as referred to in our statement on anti-Black discrimination; therefore, we have designed a programme tailored to this group specifically. This is in the context of our wider Diversity and Inclusion Policy, which takes a fully inclusive approach and sets out a balance of activities – including those focussed on other sub-groups of the community – and some that are applicable to all. In developing the Black internship programme, we put together a diverse Health Data Science Black Internship Programme Advisory Group and have discussed this scheme with our Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

    We have considered, in depth, the pros and cons of such a targeted approach and concluded that to effectively address the under-representation of this group, a highly targeted scheme such as this is required.

    • Expressions of interest from potential hosts organisations are welcome until 9 January 2023
    • Intern applications are open from 1 November – 8 January
    • Intern interviews take place between late January – 28 April 2023
    • Interns and host organisations will be publicly announced in May 2023

    The eight-week internships will take place Monday 3 July 2023 – Friday 25 August 2023.

  • Our internships are open to all (current) Black students at UK universities and to those who have recently graduated from a UK university (2021 and 2022). The programme is open to Black people of all academic backgrounds, but is ideally suited to individuals with a degree in maths, biological sciences, and engineering or computer sciences.

    We are reaching to a range of communities, however, at this stage, the primary focus of this specific programme is around developing a cohort of Black health data scientists rather than addressing other diversity aspects  – universities, disabilities, gender, etc.

  • Yes. Regardless of where the intern or host organisation is based, all interns will be paid the real Living Wage for London as a minimum. Host organisations will meet the costs of the internship.

  • Each internship will be tailored to suit the environmental needs of both the intern and the host organisation – whether this is in-person, online or hybrid.

For Interns

  • Our internships for summer 2023 are open to all (current) Black students at UK universities and to Black candidates who have recently graduated from a UK university (2021 and 2022).

    The programme is open to Black people of all academic backgrounds, but is ideally suited to individuals with a degree in maths, biological sciences, medicine and healthcare-allied subjects, engineering or computer / data sciences.

  • To apply for our 2023 Black Internship Programme, please register your interest here. We will be opening our application portal to accept incoming applications on 1 November.

  • When the application portal opens, you will be asked about:

    • Your contact details (name, email address, phone number)
    • Your eligibility to work in the UK (please note that HDR UK cannot support visas for this programme)
    • Any reasonable adjustments you may require for interview
    • An up-to-date CV
    • Four personal-statement style questions on your experiences, skills and motivation

    All submitted applications are then screened for eligibility. Each answer to the four questions is then scored (in a blinded and anonymised process to reduce bias) before applications and CVs are sent to our host organisation partners for their interview selection process. All candidates who complete an interview within our scheme can receive feedback, regardless of outcome.

  • We understand that circumstances change and for different reasons.

    Please let us know by sending us a short email to learn@hdruk.ac.uk and we can update your application status. Providing you meet our eligibility requirements, we’d love to welcome you to our programme for summer 2024.

  • Interns may state a preference and we will do our best to honour this, however, this cannot be guaranteed.

  • Through the internships, we anticipate interns will be immersed in a health data science working environment. Internships will provide interns with the opportunity to learn more about health data science in action, gain hands-on health data analysis experience, extend their network and carry out their own clearly defined research projects.

  • No. All applicants need to show their eligibility to work in the UK. HDR UK and all host organisations cannot support a visa application as part of the Black Internship programme.

For Host Organisations

  • We are looking for organisations to host our interns during summer 2023.

    If you’d like to find out more about our programme, please get in touch by emailing us at learn@hdruk.ac.uk.

    • All interns will need to be paid the Real Living Wage for London (regardless of where host organisations are based) as a minimum
    • Should interns require a laptop, our host organisations will provide a laptop for the duration of the internship
  • No, not only would this be challenging for a relatively short-term placement, but also there is a lot of other data science work that can take place without needing to access individual patient data itself.

  • We encourage host organisations to liaise with selected interns during this period so they can hit the ground running and make the most of their 8-week internship. For example it may be that the loan of a laptop is necessary, which may take a few days to arrange.

If you have any further questions or would like to express your interest in this programme, please contact us below.

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