Applications for the Turing Internship Network are now closed. The new call for autumn 2022 will launch in September.
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 three recruitment rounds, we worked with three TIN partners, and we successfully placed around thirty interns. For the first time in this fourth round of recruitment, we are increasing our existing internship offering to include roles offered by three new TIN partners and collaborators and by nine environmental and sustainability focused charities across the UK.
TIN partners and collaborators offering roles are:
Department for Transport
Fujitsu Research of Europe
Details of the available internships can be found in the TIN 'Internship Roles Packet' in the application portal Flexi-Grant. Please click 'Apply now' and follow instructions.
New internships for 2022
In this round of recruitment, we are offering new exciting internship opportunities which include a Data Study Group (DSG) component. Data Study Groups (DSG) and TIN are combining for a pilot programme to support charities and NGOs working within the environment and sustainability space. In this pilot we want to utilise the TIN to better prepare data challenges coming through the DSG pipeline. The Turing will help place PhD data science researchers within partner organisations to work on their data challenges. In conjunction with this research they will also prepare a related DSG challenge, that will be held towards the end of the 4–6-month internships. The Turing will then invite a wide variety of data science experts to further explore these challenges during the DSG. They will then put forward a range of potential solutions or routes for further investigation in response to these problems.
The organisations participating in the programme are:
Environmental Investigation Agency
John Muir Trust
Keep Wales Tidy/Keep Scotland Beautiful
National Oceanography Centre
Peak District National Park Authority
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
The Rivers Trust
Students must meet all the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the scheme:
- Be a current doctoral student enrolled in a university based in the UK or Ireland.
- Have the right to work and be based in the UK or Ireland depending on the role location.
- Be studying for a PhD that heavily uses methods or concepts from mathematics, statistics, data science, computer science, AI, ethics and/or technology.
- Have completed the first year of doctoral studies (not counting training/rotation year) at the start of the internship.
- Be able to pause their studies for the entire duration of the internship, unless the internship allows for part-time or flexible working.
- The student’s supervisor and university department must support their application.
Additional eligibility requirements may apply for specific internships.
How to apply
Applications for the Turing Internship Network are now closed. The new call for autumn 2022 will launch in September. For information on how we handle your personal data collected through the application form, please read our privacy notice.
Key dates for prospective TIN interns
- 20 September 2022: Applications open
- 18 October 2022: Applications close
- October/November 2022: Review stage
- End of November 2022: Interview stage
- January 2023: Onboarding process/internship starts
What is the Turing Internship Network (TIN)?
Launched in 2020, the Turing Internship Network is a national engagement scheme between our business partners and doctoral students across the UK and Ireland 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
Why become a TIN 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 TIN partner/collaborator 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 TIN intern
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Why become a TIN partner?
TIN 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 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
- 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 TIN partners
- August 2022: Pre-recruitment stage (legal, finance and internship role descriptions)
- September 2022: Recruitment
- October 2022: Shortlist stage
- November-December 2022: Interview stage
- January 2023: Internship/onboarding process starts
Expression of interest form
We are keen to work with a diverse portfolio of TIN 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 five working days to discuss your interest and suitability for promoting internship roles through the TIN.
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.