SfAM Science Policy Internship

28 Mar 2019

The Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) is offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic member to develop skills for a career in science policy or communication.



  • Role: Science Policy Intern
  • Reports to: Policy and Public Affairs Manager
  • Location: Society offices, London
  • Support: London Living Wage (£10.55 per hour; additional expenses may be provided)
  • Hours: Flexible (21-35 hours per week; Monday – Friday; some evening work may be required)
  • Internship duration: 3 months
  • Internship start date: 03 June 2019
  • Application closing date: 23:59 BST 21 April 2019
  • Interview date: 03 May 2019, London


Role description

The Society for Applied Microbiology SfAM is offering a three month internship that provides an opportunity to gain experience in science policy and how learned societies operate. You will be able to build and develop skills in public affairs engagement, science communication, networking, event management and oral and written communication. You will also gain an insight into how microbiology can have an impact on diverse aspects of public life.

The Science Policy Intern will support SfAM’s policy and public affairs engagement through the following activities:

  • Lead on a policy engagement project, which will likely involve desk-based research; stakeholder identification; preparation of briefings for different audiences; and event organisation
  • Horizon-scanning and monitoring of policy issues relevant to microbiology
  • Writing for the Society’s website and membership magazine and social media engagement
  • Representing SfAM at external meetings as necessary
  • Providing support for the Society’s Policy Subcommittee


Person specification

  • Degree-level qualification in microbiology or a related subject
  • A genuine interest and enthusiasm for science communication and public policy
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to rapidly grasp unfamiliar subjects
  • Effective organisational skills with an ability to prioritise workloads
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team



This internship is open to SfAM members who have graduated from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree within the past three years. Please note that we can only accept applications from those who currently have a right to work in the UK.


How to apply

Please apply by sending an email with the subject ‘SfAM policy internship’ to Kofo Balogun (recruitment@charlesdarwinhouse.co.uk) before 23:59 BST 21 April 2019 with the following documents attached:

  1. a CV (2 sides of A4 maximum)
  2. a covering letter explaining your interest and suitability for the role
  3. a 250-word paragraph explaining an application of microbiology and how it is important to society. Please tailor your answer for a non-scientist audience.

Please contact Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Chris Brown (policy@sfam.org.uk) for further information.

Assessment of applications is a two stage process: there will be an assessment of the written application and applicants successful at this stage will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held on Friday 03 May 2019 in the Society’s office in London.