Applications for 2022 Internships are now closed.

Interns 2021 create theatre capture


Applications open:
March 2022

Closing date:
5pm Monday 28th March 2022 

April 2022

April 2022

Offers sent:
April 2022

Contracts sent:
May 2022

Internship start:
Monday 18th July 2022 

Internship ends:
mid-September 2022 (unless extended) 


HDI Interns will be a group of outstanding individuals drawn from a diverse range of disciplines who come together to work as a team on a real-world problem.  While solving a really “knotty problem” we create the environment at HDI where you will learn many of the core skills needed for the world of work, including team working, problem solving, communication, stakeholder and customer engagement, business and project planning – skills that often take many years to learn usually through trial and error. 

The HDI Internship Programme is aimed at undergraduates, postgraduates or recently graduated university students. 

This year, the interns will be working on capturing bed occupancy data from hospital wards. There may also be opportunities to participate in other data capture projects. 

The 2022 HDI Project

Capturing Bed Occupancy Data from Hospital Wards

Successful candidates will be working on capturing bed occupancy data from hospital wards.

Read more about this project here.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to be part of an innovative multi-disciplinary team, developing skills in coding, teamworking, visualisation, and science communication to solve real-world problems, and create resources and tools to support healthcare systems. 

We welcome applications from undergraduates, postgraduates or graduates up to 2 years since graduation or Masters/PhD completion. 

The internship is open to anybody who is eligible to work full-time in the UK. 

What skills/experience do I need?

Enthusiasm and eagerness to work as part of a small team of like-minded individuals are the main attributes we are after.

Candidates from all backgrounds are welcome, particularly if you have interest or experience in one or more of these areas:

  • problem solving
  • data visualisation
  • science communication
  • electrical engineering, microprocesses and embedded devices
  • low energy networking (Bluetooth, RFID,  etc)
  • coding and software development
  • data encryption
  • data analysis.
What do we offer and how are Interns supported?

This Internship is a chance to join a thriving and enthusiastic community of bright individuals. The team will be supported by a Team Lead, with specialist input from developers, project managers, analysts, science communicators and many other professionals. 

This internship will support the development of specialist skills and is also a chance to enhance your communication, collaboration, organizational, business and team-working skills. 

Interns will meet regularly to discuss their progress on the project and the Team Lead will always be available either in person or online for queries and support. 

What are the hours, pay, expenses and leave entitlement?

The normal working week is 37.5 hours and we offer flexible working. Undergraduate Interns are paid £1,500 per month, and graduate Interns are paid £2,200 per month plus expenses according to our expenses policy. You are also entitled to 2.25 days leave per month plus bank holidays. 

When is the Internship?

The Internship starts in the summer months. 

Dates for 2022: Internships are offered for two to three months starting on Monday 18th July 2022. The team will give a presentation 2 months into the internship to showcase their work. There may be a possibility to extend the internship, for example for graduate interns wanting to take the project from prototype to pilot stage or beyond – please ask us when you apply.

Where will the Internship be?

If permitted by COVID rules, Interns will work in the HDI offices in Capital Park, Fulbourn, Cambridge although travel to other sites may be necessary as part of the project. If remote working is necessary, we have the setup required to do this.

Is accommodation available locally?

The following links offer some accommodation options in Cambridge:

Accommodation Service

The office at Kellet Lodge and Eddington remain closed to the public but o ur staff are still working normal office hours 9am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday If you wish to contact us please send an email to one of the following email addresses For more information about the services we offer, please select from the options below.

Cambridge University Accommodation Service (above) can provide accommodation for students from outside the University of Cambridge but there is a small charge for gaining access to their listings. If you wish to apply to them, fill out the form on their website the best you can putting “Health Data Insight CIC” in where it asks for Dept and the dates you will be here and they will then contact you.

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How do I apply?

To apply, please send the following:

  1. an up-to-date CV
  2. a covering letter that includes:
    • what skills and attributes you would bring to the fellowship
    • any background experience that you feel is relevant
  3. proof that you are eligible to work full-time in the UK (see

Please email these documents to by 5pm on Monday 28th March 2022. 


What is the deadline for applications?

Deadline for applications:  5pm on Monday 28th March 2022. 

Shortlisting: April 2022 

After short-listing we will let you know if we require any more information and/or whether we would like you to attend an informal interview. 

…as a mathematics student I usually don’t have a lot of chance to do a group project like that … we come from different backgrounds so … we can help each other specialise in different things so we work as a really good team. That is something that I didn’t expect but I really enjoyed about the internship. (Aisha, 2020 intern)

The work was really interesting … I got the chance of implementing AI algorithms based on research papers that were published not long ago (Evonne, 2020 intern)

Connecting slash networking: meeting incredible and interesting people. Both the other interns on the people who delivered talks or attended presentations (Jaskirat 2021 on being asked for the 3 most valuable things)

Creating something which was entirely ours instead of hopping in and feeling like an intruder within a project (Alex 2021 on being asked for the 3 most valuable things)

Self-directed learning ie. doing stuff in the project because it’s what you want to learn (Laith 2021 on being asked for the 3 most valuable things)

Teamwork in a group with different expertise but at a similar stage in their working life (Tom 2021 on being asked for the 3 most valuable things)

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