There is growing interest across the higher education sector in building closer links between academia and external stakeholders: potential employers, regulatory bodies, research funders, policy makers, lobbyists, and many others. MASTS see the facilitation of internship opportunities as a core interface for bringing future cohorts of ‘influencers’ into direct contact with individuals and institutional cultures. Completing an internship should maximise impact from research and enhance personal and professional development.

Internships offer appointees an excellent opportunity to build working relationships and extend their research experience into business, policy or other settings (or vice versa) - this programme is not just for students - academics and employees are welcome to participate. The skills and experience you acquire will add real value.

Internships can last between two weeks up to six months. Appointees may work either full time or part time and are generally expected to spend between 50-100% of their time in the host organisation.

If you are interested in providing an internship please contact Dr Emma Defew and Dr Iain Matthews on

If you are a postgraduate student or staff member of a MASTS institution or associate institution, and would like to undertake an internship, please download an internship application form and return to


Internships at UNU-INWEH – fantastic opportunity for post-grads!

“Are you a recent graduate or enrolled in a graduate program? Are you interested in making a difference in environmental research and policy? Do you have a commitment towards addressing issues of international importance related to water, environment and health? Are you looking for a research-focused work experience within the United Nations? If so, you may be interested in the UNU-INWEH Internship Programme.

UNU-INWEH provides an opportunity for selected graduate students and recent graduates to work in an international environment and experience first-hand the operations of the United Nations. In this volunteer program, graduate students and recent graduates contribute to UN water research and training projects and play a direct role in meeting the massive water challenges faced in developing countries. Interacting with staff members involved in multi-country projects and research programs, UNU-INWEH interns help disseminate critical knowledge and organize international meetings”.

For more information, please see


Paid Summer 2016 Internships

The MASTS Fisheries Science Forum and teh MASTS Deep Sea Forum offered 3rd year undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for summer internships.The successful applicants spent up to 6 weeks conducting supervised research at a host institution and were provided with a grant of £200 a week

Fisheries Science Forum Project topics

  • Target strength of fish and squid Download the final report from Aaron Williamson and Jackson Swan
  • Interactions between Grey Gurnard and Haddock on Rockall Bank. Download the Final Report from Charlie Cameron & Ellen Harrison.

 Deep Sea Forum Project topics