Internship Opportunity for Students

Kick start your career by joining IFST as a Student Intern.

As our next intern, you will have the opportunity to develop new and hone existing skills whilst gaining experience across a range of activities, from the processes of policy development, as well as the opportunity to develop other communication, business and professional skills including technical writing to create knowledge resources.

Perhaps you are a recent graduate or working towards your PhD and trying to gain some valuable experience or transition your career into science policy and/or science communication. These autumn/winter internships will provide exposure to enable you to grow your professional network and develop an understanding of the food sector.


Upcoming internships:
  • September to December 2020 the intern will be working on collation and creation of food packaging knowledge resources and horizon scanning reports
  • January to April 2021 the intern may be working on educational and/or career-related resources or another food science-related topic, which is yet to be decided.

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to Rachel Ward (Scientific Policy Director) and Andrew Gardner (Operations Director) by 17:00, 10 August 2020.


The position:

The Student Intern will provide additional capacity and appropriate research rigour to enable IFST to deliver our key policy priorities.

You will support IFST’s scientific team by generating a range of advisory materials, including toolboxes, technical briefing notes, factsheets, FAQs, and glossaries for professionals working in food policy, the agri-food system and education.

Both projects would involve working closely with IFST Scientific Policy Director (SPD), liaising with IFST Committees, expert groups and identified authors against a workplan and timings. It will include opportunities to shadow the SPD in external engagement with research and government policymaking organisations.

The project will run through three stages:

Stage 1: Identify key existing external resources, propose a suite of technical materials 

Stage 2: Create either signpost to validated resources or new IFST authored resources and share for review 

Stage 3: Present and publish the final suite of knowledge materials

You will also be expected to contribute as a member of a small office-based team to support our members and stakeholders in the sector through a range of activities, which may be business-related or more technical and policy-related.

Required skills and attributes:

  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Highly organised with excellent attention to detail
  • Professional with high integrity
  • Project management
  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


  • Travel expenses including daily tube fares will be paid for the time spent working in London
  • Light lunch will be provided in the office
  • IFST will cover reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred during the course of the internship in line with our expenses policy
  • IFST will not be able to cover accommodation fees
  • Hours are flexible (within reason), with core hours between 10:00 and 16:00

Our office is based in Hammersmith, West London. There will be opportunities to work remotely (working from home) when necessary.

No agencies.