We are in our third year of the Black Internship Programme which aims to continue to tackle the underrepresentation of Black people within the health data science sector and provide motivated candidates with the experience they need to kick-start their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Join us at this free webinar to find out everything you need to know to become a host organisation with our Black Internship Programme.

Register here

We’ll be hearing from Dona Reddiar and Sarah Cadman about our support package to host organisations where we:

  • Promote the programme to a national audience of students and graduates to generate a large pool of potential candidates
  • Oversee the recruitment process from receipt of applications to sifting, while ensuring that host organisations have suitable interviewees
  • Manage the internship education and co-ordinate cohort-wide training programmes and activities throughout
  • Provide mentors for interns and mentoring guidance
  • Highlight the impact from the programme and provide a handbook
  • Develop and deliver networking events for all involved in the programme
  • Provide ongoing support before, during and after the internship programme

We’ll have another webinar on the same theme on Tuesday 29 November 2022. Registration details to follow.

Dr Katherine Boylan, Head of Innovation at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), said:

“Having interviewed an outstanding group of candidates – and part-funded by NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre – we are delighted to have appointed three new colleagues under the Black Internship Programme to support data projects across our Trust, hosted infrastructure and Clinical Data Sciences Unit (CDSU). I look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to the MFT Innovation Team.”

Rob Stewart, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Clinical Informatics at King’s College London, and Clinical and Population Informatics lead at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, said:

“I’m very pleased to be hosting candidates from the Black Internship Programme. Improving diversity in research communities is a long overdue, but thankfully growing, priority. My research group has been privileged over the years to provide training and experience to students and trainees at early stages in their careers and I look forward to continuing this through these summer placements.”

Read what one of our 2022 cohort had to say about their experience as junior data scientist.

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to reach us at blackinternprog@hdruk.ac.uk.