Scientific Internship

Cambridge, UK, London, UK

Please note that most of our new recruits are based in our Global Headquarters in Cambridge, however we have a small number of opportunities available to join our London office.

What Our Scientific Interns Do

Our internships are ideal for current students and recent graduates in the sciences seeking to gain an insight into life at a fast-growing medical communications consultancy. You will be presented with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of projects, from medical communications, medical affairs, health economics and evidence synthesis, all of which involve the assimilation, interpretation and creative presentation of data from clinical trials. Specific tasks could include supporting the preparation of medical education slides, performing systematic searches of medical literature, development of clinical trial manuscripts, or assimilating clinical and cost-effectiveness evidence to support Health Technology Assessment submissions to NICE.

You will typically be working on two to three projects in different disease areas at any one time. Interns receive one-to-one training on the technical aspects of the role and learn about project management and effective communication with clients.

Scientific Interns will usually be given the opportunity to experience work across multiple divisions. However, if you have a particular interest in any of our services please indicate this in your cover letter. Our Scientific Interns generally work across our HTA, Market Access, Evidence Development, Publications, Medical Affairs, Rare Diseases, MedTech, Real-World Evidence and Pro Bono divisions.

What Background Should You Have?

This internship is suited to recent graduates as well as current students who are permitted to complete full time internships either during the holidays or as a placement as a part of their degree.

Essential requirements for the role are:

  • A degree level or higher qualification in a scientific discipline (minimum or expected 2.1). We welcome applications from candidates with a diverse range of specialisms, including but not limited to; biology, chemistry, pharmacy and medicine
  • The ability to communicate scientific material clearly in both written and oral form – some experience in planning and writing scientific documents would be helpful
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written English
  • Organisational skills and self-motivation
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • A genuine interest in healthcare and an eagerness to learn about new areas of science

The Recruitment Process

We are currently recruiting for a July start date in our Cambridge and London offices and the internship will run from 5th July to 24th September 2021 inclusive. We strongly recommend applying as early as possible so that we can begin processing your application. The deadline for applications is Friday 9th April 2021.

Please submit your CV and cover letter via our online application form. In your cover letter you should explain why you think you would be suited to the role and why you would like to join Costello Medical. If successful at the CV and cover letter stage, you will be sent a written assessment exercise to complete at home. You will have approximately nine days to complete and return your materials.

Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 10th May 2021 and will give you the opportunity to meet with members of our scientific teams. We will also ask you to complete a short assessment, however this will require no preparation ahead of the interview.

Later this year, we will open applications for our September 2021 and January 2022 internship programmes. You can register your interest for these start dates via our mailing list.

What We Offer

The stipend for interns is £1,500 per calendar month, and you will be entitled to statutory holiday.

Please contact our recruitment team at if you have any questions about the role or application process.

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter via our online application form. In your cover letter you should explain why you think you would be suited to the role and why you would like to join Costello Medical. Your CV should clearly state your undergraduate degree class and grade of pass in any subsequent degree(s), along with your visa status and eligibility to work in the UK. Please contact the recruitment team at if you have any questions about the role or application process.

COVID-19 Response

Our UK and US offices are currently open in a safe, socially distanced and controlled way following a period of remote working. Our team in Singapore are following local government guidance and are still working remotely. Exceptional customer service remains one of our core principles, so we are committed to supporting our clients and operating as normal throughout this period.

Please note that we are also still welcoming applications for our open positions, across all roles and locations. Interviews are being conducted by Microsoft Teams and we are welcoming new employees remotely or in the office, depending on location, with virtual induction sessions including all our new starters.

For information please email

Register Your Interest

If you would like to be notified when applications open for our  September 2021 and January 2022 internship programme, please complete the form below.

A Day in the Life of a Scientific Intern

To learn more about a typical day for a Scientific Intern at Costello Medical, please click here.