We are currently closed for applications. The next internship round will open in September 2021. For more information about the scheme and testimonials, please continue reading below.
Turing Internship Network
Launched in 2020, the Turing Internship Network is a national engagement scheme between our business partners and doctoral students across the UK who are studying any topic with a data science and/or AI focus. The Turing's role is to facilitate and convene, pairing internship projects put forward by industry with talented doctoral students. The business partners host, supervise, and provide a salary for the successful interns.
Testimonial from one of our 2020 interns
Due to an increasing interest for students in acquiring industry experience and business awareness, and for the business sector to address emerging data challenges using state-of-the-art academic methodology, we are keen to ensure everyone benefits from the Institute’s unique position in convening businesses with academics. We are therefore extending our training leadership goal to support employment opportunities that tackle real-world challenges.
In the first two recruitment rounds we worked with three Turing Internship Network partners, and we have successfully placed 18 interns.
Why become a Turing network Intern?
The Turing Internship Network provides a fantastic paid opportunity for students to apply their academic skills on real-world problems. In addition, a Turing internship provides students an excellent setting to expand their professional networks and to identify prospective employment opportunities following graduation.
Internships are provided and hosted by the Turing Internship Network partner who requires data-driven academic expertise for their business challenges.
"The Turing Internship Network provides an excellent opportunity to gain industrial exposure and to map academic research experiences to real-world challenges. I have a better understanding of the industrial challenges through this internship. It is a great experience to be able to solve real-world problems using my academic research skills."
Pauching Yap, 2020 Turing Internship Network intern
In order to be eligible for a Turing internship, applicants must:
- Be a current doctoral student enrolled in a UK-based university
- Be studying for a PhD that heavily uses methods or concepts from mathematics, statistics, data science, computer science, AI, ethics and/ or technology
- Be in the active research phase of your studies – that is, applicants should have already finished their first year of project work (that excludes any taught time, such as a MRes year)
- Be able to pause their studies for the entire duration of the internship, unless the internship allows for part-time or flexible working
- Have significant programming experience and be confident in using relevant packages and toolboxes matched to the internship requirements. Most internships require knowledge of Python, however that may not always apply
- Have the right to work in the UK and be based in the UK for the entire duration of the internship
Additional eligibility requirements may apply for specific internships.
Key dates (TIN 2021 Fall) for prospective Turing interns
- 1 November 2021: Applications close
- 19 November 2021: Decision outcomes sent out
- 22 November – 10 December 2021: Interviews take place
- 13 – 24 December 2021: Internship offers sent out
- January – March 2022: Internships starts
FAQs for interested applicants
Please read the FAQs for interested applicants here.
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Why become a Turing Internship Network partner?
The Turing Internship Network attracts high-quality interns to work on your data-driven business challenges. The Institute is well-placed in the UK national landscape to convene businesses and industry with high calibre academics. The Institute will manage all processes and recruitment between you sending the role descriptions and up to interviewing the shortlisted candidates.
Our two pilots to date have proved to be a success as illustrated by the figures below:
57% of the eligible candidates were shortlisted
Candidates were offered an internship position for 100% of the roles and in some cases extra offers were made due to the high calibre of the applicants
85% of the advertised internships have been successfully filled up
90% of the shortlisted candidates for interview would apply to the scheme again and would recommend it to a colleague or friend
38% of all applicants identified themselves as a minority ethnic background
Key dates for prospective Turing Internship network partners:
- 6 –15 September 2021: Pre-recruitment stage (legal, finance and internship specifications)
- 12 November 2021: Shortlisting stage
- 22 November – 10 December 2021: Interview stage
- 13 – 24 December 2021: Offer stage
- January – March 2022: Internships start
FAQs for interested partners
Please read the FAQs for interested partners here.
Expression of interest form
We are keen to work with a diverse portfolio of Turing Internship Network partners and therefore we welcome all expressions of interest as long as the work the successful intern(s) would be doing involves some methods or concepts from mathematics, statistics, data science, computer science, AI, (data) ethics and/ or technology.
If you would like to find out more about this scheme and would like to express interest on behalf of your organisation, we encourage you to complete the form below. A member of our Internships team alongside a Partnership Business Lead will contact you within 5 working days to discuss your interest and suitability for promoting internship roles through the Turing Internship Network.
Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
We hope that the Turing Internship Network will attract a diverse pool of both partners and applicants. All applications will be considered on their merits and project suitability. Applicants can be of any nationality (unless otherwise stated in the specific internship requirements) providing they have the right to work in the UK and applicants from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. We welcome applicants from all UK-based Universities, or who have taken a career break prior to their PhD. We welcome interested applicants to let us know what work arrangements would suit them best.
We are encouraging our existing and prospective business partners to consider developing inclusive internships (e.g. part-time and flexible working options, accommodating interns on a student visa, remote work, etc.) and this commitment is very important to the Turing when deciding who to work with through business partnerships.
The Alan Turing Institute is a Disability Confident organisation. As part of this commitment, we recognise that there may be individual circumstances that we need to be aware of. We aim to accommodate specific needs and personal circumstances, but we are reliant on applicants sharing this information with us.
To discuss an adjustment to the application process please contact our team directly at [email protected]. There is also a section on the application form where applicants may make us aware of individual circumstances.
We will treat any information you disclose to us as sensitive and will handle it in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. You can find out more information about how we handle your personal data in our transparency notice (available on the application portal).
If you would like to find out more about the previous in-house internship programme, please see testimonials and more here.