Turing Internship Network

Launched in July 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


Why apply?

The Turing Internship Network provides a fantastic opportunity for doctoral students to rapidly develop their academic skills in a real-world business setting. The scheme is currently dedicated to doctoral students who hold the right to work in the UK and whose doctoral studies involve a heavy component in data science, AI, mathematics and/or statistics.

"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

We are currently closed for applications. For more information about the scheme generally, please see the FAQs below.


What is the rationale behind the scheme?

Due to an increasing interest for students in acquiring industry experience and business awareness, and for the business sector to address challenges using data science, we are motivated to ensure everyone benefits from the Institute’s unique position in linking businesses with academics. We are therefore extending our training leadership goal to support opportunities that tackle real-world challenges.

Who provides the internship roles?

By default, internships are provided and hosted by the Turing business partner who require data-driven academic expertise for their business challenges. In exceptional cases, industry-academic collaborations might be established, and these may involve Turing researchers. Such information will be provided in the role specifications.

Who are these internships aimed at?

In order to be eligible for a Turing internship, you 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 phase of your studies – that is, you should have already finished your first year of project work (that excludes any taught time, such as a MRes year)
  • Be able to pause your studies for the entire duration of the internship
  • Have significant programming experience and be confident in using relevant packages and toolboxes for the internship requirements. Most internships require knowledge of Python, however that may not always apply 
  • Have the right to work in the UK full-time
  • For certain internships, being a British Citizen is a requirement

Who is not eligible to apply for the TIN internships?

Unfortunately, the current scheme cannot accommodate:

  • Undergraduate or Masters students
  • Students who are not currently registered with a UK university
  • Students who are in their first year of PhD work
  • Students whose PhD projects or experience to date does not include a heavy component on quantitative and/ or analytical work
  • Students who require visa for their right to work, including students on Tier 4 study visa

What is the duration of an internship?

All advertised roles have an expected duration of 3-6 months.

When is the next Turing Internship Network recruitment scheduled for?

We are expecting the next recruitment round to take place in May-June 2021 (TIN Summer 2021). 

Are the internships paid?

Yes, all internships are paid at a minimum rate of £30,000 per annum pro rata (stipulated by the programme). This is inclusive of London/Dublin allowance and relocation costs. 

Where are the internships taking place?

Ideally and if the government guidance allows it, the successful interns will be required to go the office of the employer. The location depends on the role, spanning from London, to Manchester and to Dublin. However, it is likely that the internships will start remotely and they may continue remotely depending on how the restrictions may change.

What do I need to do prior to beginning my application?

You should discuss the possibility of carrying out an internship with your supervisor(s) and/or host university department. Undertaking an internship will involve pausing your studies for the entire duration of the internship, ideally at a convenient time for your studies.

What does the application process involve?

You will need to provide personal details, information about the PhD programme you are enrolled in, details about your employment and education to date, as well as answer some questions that demonstrate your suitability and motivation for undertaking the internship project you choose. No CV or cover letter are required.

Can I send a speculative application if I do not fit the eligibility criteria?

Unfortunately, we cannot respond to or accommodate speculative expressions of interest for this internship scheme.

If I am successful with my application, will I hold any formal relationship with The Alan Turing Institute?

The Turing will not be directly involved with you and will hold no formal relationship, such as a contract or a direct affiliation for carrying out the internship. However, we will provide support with your application, we will ask you for testimonials at the end of the internship and we will invite you to select Turing Internship Network events.

Where can I submit any remaining enquiries?

If you still have any questions, please email [email protected]

If my organisation is interested in providing internships, how can I find out more information?

Please email [email protected] if you would like to find out more.

Equality, diversity and inclusion 

We hope that the Turing Internship Network will attract a diverse pool of 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 full-time, 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 are continuously working with our business partners to develop inclusive internships (such as part-time options), and we are welcoming interested applicants to let us know what work arrangements would suit them best.

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 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).

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If you would like to find out more about the previous in-house internship programme, please see testimonials and more here.