Turing Internship Network

Paid opportunities for students to apply their academic skills to real-world problems

Applications for the Turing Internship Network are closed.

The next recruitment round will open in May 2023.

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


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 5 recruitment rounds, we worked with 9 TIN partners and 9 TIN-DSG partners, and we successfully placed around 60 interns.

The internship roles advertised in the past cover a wide range of research areas such as data science and AI applied to finance, defence & security, environment and sustainability, the legal domain etc, and data science and AI in public policy.

Some examples of previously advertised roles are:

Accenture Example of role
Clifford Chance Example of role
Environmental Investigation Agency Example of role
HSBC Example of role
Ministry of Defence (Digi2al) Example of role
Ofcom Example of role


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, or social science and public policy for the policy internships.
  • 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 and those are specified in the role descriptions. 

    How to apply

    Applications for the Turing Internship Network are now closed and will reopen in May 2023. 

    When applying, please read carefully the call document and these guidelines on how to write your application. If you are an international student studying in the UK on a visa, please read the Information for International Students document.   
    We invite you to share with your supervisors information about the programme that can be found in this document

    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

    • May 2023: Applications open
    • June 2023: Review stage
    • July 2023: Interview stage
    • September 2023: Onboarding process/internship starts

    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,TIN intern at TRL

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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.

    For more information about the scheme, please read the TIN brochure.


    Key dates for prospective TIN partners

    • April 2023: Pre-recruitment stage (legal, finance and internship role descriptions)
    • May 2023: Recruitment
    • June 2023: Shortlist stage
    • July 2023: Interview stage
    • September 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 Internship Network 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.