Scientific Internship – September

Cambridge, UK, London, UK

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

About Our Scientific Internships

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. We work with a wide range of clients, including the industry’s most successful pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, patient and public health bodies and charitable organisations. 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 HTA 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 our services please indicate this in your cover letter. Our Scientific Interns generally work across our HTA, Market Access, Literature Reviews & Synthesis, 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 2.1 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 our September start date in our Cambridge and London offices and the internship will run from Monday 19th September 2022 to Friday 16th December 2022 inclusive. We strongly recommend applying as early as possible so that we can begin processing your application. The deadline for applications is Sunday 13th February 2022.

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 Monday 14th March 2022 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.

Next year, we will also open applications for our January 2023 internship programme. You can register your interest for this start date via our mailing list. Please note that there will be a second round of recruitment for our September internship programme, which will open in Spring 2022.

What We Offer

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

We are proud of our position in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work for list which has been achieved for five consecutive years, awarded because of the friendly and supportive environment that we generate for employees and the opportunities offered for quick progression and increased responsibility. We provide exceptional internal training, opportunities to work on pro bono and charitable projects, and regular company-funded social activities.

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and a 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 dates of all qualifications and grades achieved where applicable. Please contact the Talent Acquisition team at if you have any questions about the role or application process.

Visa Sponsorship

Please note that this role does not meet the eligibility criteria for visa sponsorship and you will therefore need the right to work in the UK independently from the company.

Registration of Interest

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 below.

COVID-19 Updated Response

Our UK and US offices are open in a safe and controlled way following a period of remote working. Currently, interviews in the UK and US can be conducted in the office or via Microsoft Teams. Our team in Singapore are following local guidance and are working remotely and therefore all interviews for roles in Singapore are taking place over Microsoft Teams.

We are welcoming new employees to the office, depending on location.

For further information, please email