Arthritis UK Internships Additional Information

Arthritis Research UK 2017 Internship Scheme 

Additional Information for Applicants


The Arthritis Research UK Internship Scheme for Allied Health Professionals and Nurses is open to final year students and recent graduates in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Nursing with an existing or predicted 1st or 2:1 degree.

The Scheme provides the opportunity for these groups interested in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) to obtain first-hand experiences of multi-disciplinary research environments.

Interns will work alongside active researchers in RMDs in one of the collaborative universities (Leeds, Salford, Southampton, Oxford and West of England). Each intern will have the choice of a selection of placements and projects as part of the application process (see attached sheet). Each placement will run for eight weeks, commencing on Wed June 28th 2017, finishing on Tue 22nd August 2017.

Via mentorship from key senior researchers, the interns will be exposed to research design, conduct analysis and dissemination activities in a range of health disciplines. They will be given a project that aligns with the host institution research team and professional interests and is feasible to complete within the time frame. Interns will be supported (with financial assistance) to attend each of the other Universities within the collaboration to maximise the training opportunities and exposure to the research environment. All interns are expected to maintain some form of contact with their host Institution for approximately two years once their placement has ended.

This is an unpaid internship; however £1000 will be paid towards living costs and travel for internship-related activities during your placement.

The objectives of the Arthritis Research UK Internship Project will produce interns who:

  • Develop skills in research methods and application beyond that of honours graduates.
  • Understand the importance of good research governance and are aware of the administrative framework within which clinical research is currently undertaken.
  • Understand the context of clinical research with regards to people with RMDs.
  • Have an opportunity to work with some of the leading UK, AHP, nursing and medical researchers and state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Understand the importance of professional networks and have developed potential collaborative links in the broader RMD research field.
  • Recognise the importance of a mutually supporting cohort of new graduate researchers who are able to contribute to the future of RMD research.
  • Understand clinical academic and health science career pathways and the processes involved in applying for future funding to progress to advanced levels of research training.
  • Provide ongoing contributions to the Scheme once their internship has ended.

    To Apply: Please submit:  

    ·  A 2 page A4 statement of intent – please include information such as why are you suitable to apply? What profession are you? (Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Podiatrist, Physiotherapist) What relevant experience and interest do you have in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Health? What do you think you could offer the internship?

    Please state your first and second choice of project and institution and give reasons for your choices (please see attached form)  Please provide the name and contact details of one academic referee NB If you are selected for interview you will be expected to bring a reference from them on the day supporting your application (not more than one side of A4) ·         Current CV  ·         If you would like to discuss the opportunity further please contact Project Manager, Mary Fry ( or 02380 594023  ·         If you require support in writing your application please contact the following team members relevant to your discipline:  Podiatry –           Dr Heidi Siddle (                           Dr Carina Price (  Nursing –             Gail Lang (                                 Prof Sarah Hewlett (                                 Prof Candy McCabe (  Occupational Therapy – Prof Jo Adams (  Physiotherapy – Dr Fiona Cramp (