Versus Arthritis Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis
University of Nottingham
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Internships - Aims and applications

2020 Applications Closed


Scheme dates: Monday 1 July - Friday 28 August 2020


These internships are aimed at graduates with a first or upper second class degree. Also eligible to apply are medical students (3rd year or later). Competent computer skills including spread sheet calculations and word processing are required.

The Centre internship scheme provides the opportunity for newly graduated health clinicians and health scientists, and medical students (3rd year or later), interested in research in sport, exercise and osteoarthritis to obtain first-hand experiences of multi-disciplinary research environments.

Interns work alongside active researchers in sport, exercise and osteoarthritis research within the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis. Via mentorship from key senior researchers, they will be exposed to research design, conduct, governance and 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 is feasible to complete within the short time frame.  Mentors will be identified as someone who has the wisdom, insight and experience of clinical research.

Opportunities throughout the Centre will be available and, if appropriate, in other Universities within the collaboration to maximise the training opportunities and exposure to the research environment. The Centre asks all interns to provide ongoing contributions to the Centre once their internship has ended. 

This is an unpaid internship; however £500 will be paid towards living costs and travel for internship-related activities during your placement. Proof of accommodation costs will be required. 


The objectives of the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis  Research Versus Arthritis graduate research internships are to 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 within the health and health science.
  • Have an opportunity to work with some of the leading UK sports science, AHP, nursing and medical researchers and state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Understand the importance of networks and have developed potential collaborative links in the broader context of sports, exercise and osteoarthritis research.
  • Recognise the importance of a mutually supporting cohort of new graduate researchers who are able to contribute to the future development of sport, exercise and osteoarthritis 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 Centre once their internship has ended.


To apply please submit:

  1. A 2 page A4 statement of intent
  2. A covering letter stating which two projects/Institutions you wish to work with and why
  3. Current CV 

All applications must be received by 5pm Tuesday 3 March 2020

Completed applications should be sent to: with the subject line: 2020 Internship Application. Attach your application as one document titled with your name (e.g. JaneDoe_InternshipApplication).

Suitable applicants will be invited for interview during the 1st week of May 2020 in Nottingham. However, if required, telephone or Skype interviews can be arranged.