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I highly recommend the internship. Really grateful for all the support I continue to receive from my supervisors. They’ve encouraged me to push this project all the way to conference presentations and publications."

The School's Medical Student Internship Programme provides medical students with a few weeks experience in a research environment and access to a team of specialised mentors and supervisors. The aim of the programme is to address some of the issues identified by the 2016 Health Education England and the Medical Schools Council publication ‘By choice – not by chance’. Primarily, the concerns faced when recruiting medical students to careers in general practice, and the need for greater collaboration to raise the academic profile of general practice.


Two new initiatives were introduced by the SPCR: The Medical Student Prize named after Professor of Academic Primary Care George Lewith, and most recently in early 2018, the Medical Student Internship programme.

After spending a three month period in one of our nine departments over the summer, interns produce a piece of primary care focussed academic work and the opportunity to present at the School’s annual showcase event.

Our partners have provided a list of potential projects for involvement in the links below, please get in touch with the relevant academics if you are interested in applying and/or for more information.

BristolCambridgeKeele, Manchester, NewcastleNottinghamOxfordSouthamptonUCL


  • Being in a research environment
  • Interview analysis, working on both quantitative and qualitative studies and an understanding of how they work together to validate findings
  • Crystalising statistical and epidemiological knowledge
  • Learning how policy is developed, piloted and reviewed
  • Using fresh data sets, large data sets and statistical software
  • Developing skills in self management and proactively identifying projects
  • The opportunity to design and carry out a research study
  • To see how primary care researchers divide their time between clinical and academic work
  • Valuable insights into the world of academic and epidemiological research
  • Working on publications

Earlier news: 

SPCR internships: changing impressions of primary care research

Prize winners at SAPC SE