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Arthritis Research UK Internship Scheme

Arthritis Research UK
Arthritis Research UK

Arthritis Research UK has awarded funding for a new graduate internship programme, led by the University of Southampton in conjunction with four other international research institutions renowned for Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) Universities of Leeds, Oxford, Salford and the West of England, Bristol.

What is The Arthritis Research UK Internship project?

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 are underpiNned by public health principles. Previous projects included:

• 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 which runs between July and August each year (2017-2018)

How do I qualify for an internship?

If you are a recent graduate or final year student in Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Physiotherapy or Nursing with either a predicted or a first or upper class second class degree.

What will I get from the Internship?

If you are accepted onto the scheme, you will:

• Receive supervision 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.

Is there any funding available?

The placements are unpaid but each intern will receive £1000 towards costs.

How to Apply

Mary Fry (MSc) Project Manager
Mary Fry (MSc) Project Manager

For further information about the Internship scheme and how to apply please contact Project Manager Mary Fry (MSc)

Via email  

"This prestigious scheme will open up a whole new network of world leading researchers to our interns. Past interns have benefitted from a more rapid career progression in clinical research  than their peers. The benefits of linking research with clinical experience is invaluable to ensure people with arthritis receive the best care"

Meet our project principal at Southampton

Professor Cathy Bowen
Professor Cathy Bowen

The governance of the programme is overseen by University of Southampton’s world renowned podiatrist Professor Catherine Bowen.

“Many new graduates just aren’t aware that clinical academic career pathways exist, with this grant from Arthritis Research UK we want to be able to attract a new generation of young graduate stars, from the wider health professions, who will be right at the patient interface and be able to translate academic research into clinical practice.”

Meet our collaborative partners

Meet our 2016 Interns

Aimie Patience

Aimie Patience

"The internship has completely changed my outlook on research and my future career goals"

Catherine Bryer

Catherine Bryer

“I am now even more motivated to establish a career in research”

Darel Evans

Darel Evans

“I have been shown an entirely new and exciting career path. I would like to thank Arthritis Research UK for this fantastic opportunity”

Lara Chapman

Lara Chapman

“Training days at all of the universities involved in the scheme provided a great insight into different research methodologies, and were a fantastic introduction to research at a graduate level”

George Erskine

George Erskine

“As well as the project itself, the internship provided me with copious opportunities to gain experience and knowledge about the research environment and process"

Victoria Glanville

Victoria Glanville

“This internship has opened up a whole new world and I have been privileged to meet some inspirational researchers and made some new friends in my fellow interns”

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