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Student internship scheme

Five international research institutions renowned for rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease research are recruiting interns for the next Arthritis Research UK internship scheme.

Application deadline: Friday 11 March 2016 (17:00)
Scheme dates: 4 July–26 August 2016
Based at: Universities of Leeds, Oxford, Salford, Southampton and the West of England
Contact: Mary Fry (MSc), programme co-ordinator on or 02380 59402

What is the internship?

The Arthritis Research UK internship scheme aims to bring together experts in allied health and nursing to develop the next generation of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease researchers and clinical specialists.

Successful interns will get first-hand experience working on a research project of their choice, which will be hosted at a participating institution. Projects are specific to the promotion of musculoskeletal health and include:

  • internet based training to increase specific exercises for patients with rheumatoid arthritis of the hand.
  • an investigation into the facilitators and barriers for people with joint pain and with lower levels of health literacy in accessing on-line digital self-management information.
  • a systematic review: Which biopsychosocial factors are associated with patellofemoral pain?

Six places are available for this 8-week scheme.

What do I get?

If you're accepted onto the scheme, you'll:

  • receive supervision, evaluation and mentoring in research skills from some of the UK’s leading nurse and allied health researchers
  • use state-of-the-art equipment and evidence-based effective practice
  • be involved in a self-contained research study and data collection process
  • experience the research governance process
  • participate in multi-professional seminars and workshops.

Placements are unpaid but each intern will receive £1,000 towards costs.

Who can apply?

This internship is available for recent graduates or final-year students in:"I have no doubt that such an opportunity has strongly contributed to my career progression."Intern, 2014

  • occupational therapy
  • podiatry
  • physiotherapy
  • nursing.

You must have a first or upper second class degree or are graduating in 2016 with these predicted grades.

How do I apply?

For more information about the scheme and how to apply, contact Mary Fry (MSc), programme co-ordinator, on or 02380 59402.

Application deadline: Friday 11 March 2016 (17:00)
Interview date: Thursday 21 April 2016

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