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NIHR SPHR Bristol internship: Natural experiments in Public Health

N.B please note this internship is only available to the University of Bristol students.

The National Institute of Health Research’s School for Public Health Research are offering summer internships in 2021 to undergraduate students who are interested in learning how public health research is done and how it can be used to inform public health policy and practice.

We intend to offer these internships to students who are considering a career in public health research. The internships will be hosted remotely, which will enable interns to work from home. Interns will each be supervised by a Senior Research Associate or final year PhD student. There may be some opportunity for face-to-face supervision dependent on national COVID19 restrictions and University of Bristol policy response to these. Interns will have the opportunity to undertake research as well as hear from other academics about careers in public health. Each internship will last for six weeks starting 21st June.

Interns will undertake tasks such as assisting in the preparation and analysis of data, conducting a review of literature and/or assisting with writing up the results of research conducted in the Centre for Public Health (CPH).

Summary of project

This project will explore the use of natural experiments in Public Health. A large systematic review of the literature was conducted to evaluate the use of natural experiments in Public Health. As part of this larger review, this project will focus on an additional literature search on the same topic to capture any additional papers published since the initial search was conducted. There is opportunity to learn more about the use of natural experiments in public health research, along with conducting scientific literature reviews and understanding and assisting with the screening process for including any identified papers.

Internship requirements
• In the middle years of their first degree studies with an interest in public health (normally between years 2 and 3 for students on a 3-year undergraduate programme or equivalent for 4-year undergraduate programmes);
• A UK resident (and based in the UK for the period of the internship) and registered for a relevant degree at a UK university.
• Expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree.

For all projects, interns will receive regular independent supervision, and the opportunity for joint meetings across all three projects. Interns will complete a short report and blog/research briefing at the end of the placement.

Suitable candidates will be selected on the basis of a short interview (UK travel expenses will be refunded).
Stipend @ £401.15 per week.
Deadline for application: 5pm, Tuesday 4th May

Interviews: Tbc, expected between 17th and 28th May

To apply, please email a completed Bristol Internships Application Form 2021 along with your CV to


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