About the Programme

The Health Data Science Black Internship Programme is an exciting endeavour for early career Black data scientists – a heavily under-represented group in the sector. It is run by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) and the UK Health Data Research Alliance (the ‘Alliance’) in partnership with 10,000 Black Interns initiative,

The Programme is just one of several steps that we are taking to start to address this underrepresentation.

The mission

The UK has an urgent need for new health data scientists – it’s a rapidly expanding field with the recognised potential to transform the future of health and care for all, and we believe that health data science should be as effective as possible in serving and reflecting the needs of the entire UK population. The overall aim of our Health Data Science Black Internship Programme is to not only to continue to tackle the underrepresentation of Black people within the health data science sector, but to also provide motivated candidates with the experience they need to kick-start their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Watch our launch programme below:

The 2023 Programme

If you are an organisation that would like to host an intern in the summer of 2023, please get in touch! Or you can find out more about being a host organisation here.

Contact us

If you’d like to be in the next cohort of interns, you can register your interest to apply for our 2023 internship programme by clicking the link below – we’d love to have you on board!

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Our 2022 programme

In our most recent programme we placed 80 interns with 44 host organisations in business, charity, government and academia and with members of the UK Health Data Research Alliance.

This was a major expansion from 2021 when we placed 48 interns – over half being women – at 23 of host organisations. The aim is to continue expanding the programme in the years ahead.

Our Class of 2022 interns