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Environmental Sustainability (in Research) Intern

  • Internship
    Off-cycle Internship
  • Sustainability
  • London
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  • You need strong organisational, interpersonal, communication, and IT skills. Able to prioritize, work independently, and have a keen interest in improving environmental sustainability in research. Be determined to make a positive impact on Cancer Research UK's objectives.
  • You will develop networks, coordinate meetings and workshops, summarize objectives, deliver webinars, and create blog articles to embed environmental sustainability in Cancer Research UK's Concordat action plan.


  • Strong organisational skills, including coordinating events, people and digital materials
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop effective working relationships with Cancer Research UK staff and external stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills, including MS Office, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent prioritisation skills for effective management of a diverse workload
  • Ability to work independently, managing own time and projects
  • Keen interest in improving the environmental sustainability of the research system
  • Be determined to make a difference and contribute positivity to CRUK’s wider objectives


  • Develop and organise networks centred around environmental sustainability in research
  • Coordinate meetings, including scheduling events and creating meeting materials
  • Coordinate workshops to consult internal and external stakeholders for developing a concordat action plan
  • Summarise key objectives and tasks for CRUK to embed environmental sustainability in its Concordat action plan
  • Develop and deliver webinars with the Research Brand and Communications team
  • Develop blog articles with the Research Brand and Communications team, including inviting contributors from the research community within- and beyond CRUK


What is the main focus of the Environmental Sustainability (in Research) Intern role at Cancer Research UK?

The main focus of this role is to help develop and implement strategies to promote environmentally sustainable research practices within the organization and the broader research community.

What are some of the environmental impacts of biomedical research that the intern will be addressing?

The intern will be working to address issues such as carbon emissions from energy usage, travel-related emissions, water and resource consumption, hazardous waste production, and impacts on biodiversity.

What is the significance of Cancer Research UK becoming a signatory to the ‘Concordat for the Environmental Sustainability of R&I Practice’?

As a signatory to the concordat, Cancer Research UK is committed to developing and implementing a plan to promote environmental sustainability in research practices, in collaboration with other research organizations.

What responsibilities will the intern have in developing Cancer Research UK's first concordat action plan?

The intern will work with the Funding Policy and Governance Manager to help develop the action plan, identify activities, responsibilities, metrics, and a reporting framework, and establish a long-term strategy for achieving environmental sustainability in research.

What skills and experiences will the intern gain during this placement?

The intern will gain skills and experience in stakeholder engagement, project management, communication with diverse audiences, collaboration across teams, and understanding of research funding and cooperation in the research system.

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Mission & Purpose

Cancer Research UK is a renowned charitable organisation dedicated to advancing cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and support. Their overarching goal is to bring about a future where all cancers are cured, ensuring that individuals can lead full and healthy lives. Through funding groundbreaking research, raising awareness, and providing crucial support, Cancer Research UK strives to make a profound impact on cancer outcomes. Their relentless efforts are focused on improving prevention strategies, enhancing early detection methods, and developing effective treatments, with the ultimate aim of saving lives and improving the well-being of those affected by cancer.


  • Flexible Working

    We encourage a flexible working culture, including options such as home-working, reduced or flexi-hours, job shares, job-splits, compressed and core hours. We offer a high level of flexibility for the vast majority of our office-based roles, meaning that you’ll only be required to work from a specific location for 1 or 2 days a week on average.

  • Income Protection and Life Assurance

    We provide all staff with free insurance policies, paying 50% of your salary if you are unable to work through illness, and up to 4 times your salary for your beneficiaries should the unthinkable happen and you die while in our employment.

  • Pension

    Our Retirement Plan is worth up to 12% of salary and offers all employees a flexible way to build a pension fund, no matter which stage of your career you’re at. You’ll be given choice, control, financial benefits and valuable protection benefits. It is a defined contribution plan, which means contributions paid into the plan by you and by Cancer Research UK are invested in the funds you choose—you can have as little or as much control over this as you want.

  • Payroll giving

    We offer all employees a way to support any charity of their choice tax-free through their salary. Payroll Giving is a very effective way of supporting causes close to your heart: A £10 monthly donation will only cost you £8 as a standard tax-rate payer and even less, £6 if you are higher tax-rate payer.

  • Annual Leave

    For the majority of our roles we offer 25 days holiday a year plus bank holidays, and an extra day for Christmas Eve. You can choose to use the religious bank holidays flexibly.