iCM Summer Internship Program

Summer Internship Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms 

Applications now open

Spend eight weeks experiencing life as an interdisciplinary scientist.

Background and Aims of the Programme 

Our 8 week summer student programme provides undergraduates who are interested in a career in science with an immersive experience embedded in a research group associated with the Integrated Cell Mechanisms (iCM) Wellcome Trust PhD programme at the University of Edinburgh.

The Summer Internship Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms (iCM) is closely associated with the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology and will provide lab-based experience and training for budding cell and molecular biologists in the application of quantitative methods to understand the inner workings of cells.

You will participate in research in an interactive and interdisciplinary environment.  The summer programme also incorporates a range of additional activities to enhance your overall experience.

Exploiting technological advances to transform our understanding of cellular mechanisms will require scientists who have been trained across the distinct disciplines of natural sciences, engineering, informatics and mathematics. The iCM summer internship programme addresses this training need and will help prepare participants to be successful in a variety of PhD programmes.

Programme Details

Six undergraduate students preparing for their final year of university will be selected as a cohort to start their summer internships.  They will be hosted in one of the iCM associated research groups to undertake research projects that develop expertise in both biological and quantitative sciences. 

Cell Mechanism projects cover topics such as anti-microbial resistance, stochastic heterogeneity, epigenetic and chromatin-based regulation, control of gene expression, non-coding RNA and RNA processing, chromosome structure and segregation, cell-cycle and cell growth regulation. The definition of ‘quantitative’ is broad and includes Computational Data Sciences, Mathematics, Biophysics, Structural Biology, Chemical Biology and Biomaterials.

Successful applicants will receive

•    8-week full-time (36 hours per week) employment as a Summer Intern.
•    A generous tax free stipend (£3000 for 8 weeks)  
•    Assistance with accommodation
•    In addition, if required, travel expenses to and from Edinburgh, at the beginning and end of the programme.


We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive research environment. Applications are encouraged from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who have studied a variety of subjects including Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Computational Data Sciences, Engineering, Genetics, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Physics. 

Applications from members of groups typically under-represented in STEM are particularly encouraged.

Applicants should be:
•    Registered at a UK university, and studying in the UK for an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (the programme is suitable for students studying for undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science or related disciplines).
•    In the second year of study for an undergraduate bachelor's or integrated master's degree in England, Northern Ireland and Wales or be in the third year of study for an undergraduate bachelor's or integrated master's degree in Scotland, and be on track for a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject. 
•    Applicants should have a good knowledge of spoken and written English - similar to those stipulated for PhD student applicants on the University of Edinburgh website.

English Language Requirements

Payment and Travel Allowance

Each iCM summer student will receive a total stipend of £3000 for 8 weeks (in 2021). The ICM summer internship programme will also reimburse each student for economy return travel to/from their home base to Edinburgh and back to their home base.


Assistance will be provided in finding accommodation.

Application Procedure for Summer 2022

To apply you need to:
1.    Complete the online application form (A). For reference a PDF of the application form is available here: Example application form PDF 
Please note we will only accept applications submitted via the online form below.
2.    Complete the anonymous demographic form (B)
3.    Contact referees and send them the ‘Referee form’. Ensure they send in references by the closing date.
Details for each section are given below.

Closing date for all applications is Monday 28th February 2022, 12 noon (GMT).  Applications submitted late or in the wrong format cannot be accepted.

1. Online Application form

2. Applicant Demography form

3. References

A. All applicants should give the names of two academic referees on their application form.   
Two academic references are required. For example these could be from someone whose class you've taken at university, your academic tutor, or your line manager from a work experience placement.


B. Contact the referee: It is the applicant's responsibility to contact each of their referees and ask the referee to complete and submit the referee form below before the deadline.

Referee form

The Referees should submit the completed referee forms by by Monday 28th February 2022, 12 noon (GMT)

Candidate selection

Six under graduate students will be recruited. Successful applicants will be selected on the basis of their online application and will be informed by 1st April 2022.  We regret that we cannot respond individually to unsuccessful applicants and no feedback will be given.

Key Dates

Application deadline:  Monday 28th February 2022, 12 noon (GMT)

As we have recently obtained more funding for more positions on the iCM Summer Internship programme the deadline for applications has been extended to Monday 14th March at 12 noon GMT

Internship start and end dates: Monday 4th July to Friday 26th August 2022

Programme Enquiries

If you have any questions about the iCM Summer Internship Programme please e-mail the PhD Programme Administration: phd.wcb@ed.ac.uk