HDI Intern Scheme


Each year HDI offers up to six places on our summer intern scheme. The internship usually runs from July through to September. We advertise the internships towards the end of the year and applications close around the third week in February. Interviews are held in early March. Further details of the current scheme and frequently asked questions are outlined below.

In 2020 we ran a group project with our six interns all working on the same challenge. Here are some quotes from our 2020 interns:

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)

I learned some valuable skills about team organisation. I got the opportunity to chair and scribe in problem based learning sessions. (Lulu, 2020 intern)


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for enthusiastic students who want to be part of an innovative multi-disciplinary team. The team will use and refine their skills in coding, statistical modelling, machine learning, visualisation, and science communication to solve real-world problems, and develop resources and tools using big data.

We welcome applications from students at any stage in their further education, from undergraduate to PhD level. 

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:

  • data visualisation
  • science communication
  • working with large datasets
  • data and statistical modelling
  • machine learning.
How do I apply?

See details in the articles below for the current scheme.

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 an Intern Team Lead, with specialist input from developers, project managers, analysts, science communicators and many other professionals.

This internship is about developing specialist skills and is also a chance to enhance your communication, collaboration, organisational and team-working skills.

Interns will meet regularly to discuss their progress on the project and the Intern 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. Interns are paid £1,500 per month plus expenses according to our expenses policy. You are also entitled to 2.5 days leave per month plus bank holidays.

When is the internship?
The internship runs during the summer months – usually July to September each year. 
Where will the placement be?

The internships usually take place at HDI’s offices in Fulbourn, Cambridge. There may be other options to work around the country and we have also run a completely distanced project in 2020 because of Covid-19. So if you are concerned about travel please ask about the options.

Is accommodation available locally?

The following links offer some accommodation options in Cambridge:

Accommodation Service

Although our offices at Kellet Lodge and Eddington are currently closed to visitors, the Accommodation Service continues to operate as normal. There is still a variety of accommodation available across the City and we are here to help you find a home.

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.

Student Accommodation UK. Student Housing Houses Flats Homes

I was so happy to not only find our lovely house on this website, but also find a really friendly housemate really quickly after someone had dropped out on us. Well impressed and would definitely recommend this site to everyone looking for houses/housemates!

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Please note we do not have any affiliation with any of the companies mentioned above and cannot endorse them but if you are having trouble finding accommodation please get in touch and we will see what we can do to help.

The freedom of the research and development nature of this internship really makes it enjoyable. (Aisha, 2020 intern)

Have we inspired you?

Please see the posts below to read more about our intern scheme and see details for the next round of applications.

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