Opportunity: Science Policy Internship

16 Sep
The Biochemical Society has an opportunity available to assist the Parliamentary and Policy Officer (that’s me) with the Society’s public affairs work.  We’re looking for someone for 3 days/week (we can be flexible on which days) for 3 months at our new office in Charles Darwin House, London (closest tube stations are Russell Square and Chancery Lane).

Responsibilities will include:
  • Monitoring legislation and policy developments relevant to the biosciences
  • Assisting with the organisation of policy events and meetings
  • Contributing to ongoing project work
  • Assisting with the coordination of consultation responses, the development of position statements and the updating of our website, science policy blog and twitter feed
  • Undertaking research for articles, briefings and resources suitable for a wide range of audiences
  • Providing administrative support to the Parliamentary and Policy Officer

What we’re looking for:

  • Graduate
  • Knowledge or interest in the biosciences
  • Knowledge or interest in public policy
  • Excellent IT skills

The Biochemical Society will pay £70/day – to include subsistence and travel expenses.

If you’d like to apply, please email Alison McWhinnie (Alison.McWhinnie@biochemistry.org) to request an application pack.

If you have any questions about the position, please email me at Rebecca.Smith@biochemistry.org

The closing date is Wednesday 6 October at 5pm.

Interviews will take place on Monday 11th October with a view to the internship starting as soon as possible.

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In addition to the formal information above, there are a couple of things I’d like to add.  It’s really important to me that the internship is mutually rewarding.  During the interview and at the beginning of the internship, we’ll try and pinpoint what you want/need to get out the experience and I’ll try and match that as closely as possible to what I want to achieve.  Having you filing or photocopying is not, in my opinion, the best use of your time – so we’ll try and keep this to a minimum.

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