EDI Internship Programme

The British Antarctic Survey (part of UK Research and Innovation – UKRI), is a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations, addressing issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world. Our aims is to embrace diversity in all its forms and provide staff with a sense of belonging no matter their characteristics, culture, experience, education or economic background.  We employ colleagues from across the globe, each contributing to our ethos of excellence.  

The EDI internship Programme is part of the Diversity in UK Polar Science initiative, celebrating existing diversity, and taking important steps to further promote and enhance Antarctic science opportunities to under-represented groups, especially people from racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ community and people with a disability. Please note that this internship opportunity is available exclusively for those applicants who self-identify to the aforementioned communities. 

As one of our interns, you will find yourself immersed in an opportunity that will help you develop scientific knowledge as well as valued skills and key experiences which may include: data collection and analysis, project management, report writing and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI).

All internships will be paid at pro rata rates from an annual £21,988 salary.

For more information on each available project, please check the project descriptions below.  Please note that the project start times are flexible, and suggested start times identified in the project descriptions will be reviewed during the interview process.

Project lead Project team Project title 
Gareth Marshall Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team Arctic climate extremes: the role of interactions between atmospheric modes 
Hua Lu Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team Can upper stratospheric flow regimes improve weather prediction of the UK and the Europe? 
Steve Roberts Palaeo Environments, Ice Sheets and Climate Change team WINDSOC: Westerly winds and the Southern Ocean CO2 sink 
Sheona Grant Polar Supply Chain Logistics Polar Clothing Strategy 
Katrin Linse Biodiversity, Evolution and Adaptation team Differences in macrobenthic communities under the influence of methane seepage 
Jeremy Wilkinson Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team Building knowledge from historical UK Arctic whaling activities 
Simon Morley Biodiversity, Evolution and Adaptation team Assessing the status of a Antarctic fish breeding ground 
Clara Manno Ecosystems team Microplastic abundance and distribution around South Sandwich Islands (Southern Ocean)
John Turner Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team Extreme sea ice years in the Antarctic 
Floortje Van Den Heuvel Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team Remote sensing of clouds 
Athena Dinar BAS Communications team Evaluating the communications campaign for RRS Sir David Attenborough
Geraldine Hough BAS Human Resources team Equality Diversity and Inclusion – Project collaboration 
Geraldine Hough BAS Human Resources team 2022 Athena Swan’s application – Data collection, analysis and interpretation 
Markus Frey Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team Unravelling the mysteries of air quality above polar snow using a new model 
Markus Frey Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team Is the Arctic sea ice a source of small particles relevant to climate change? 


We value: Collaboration, Innovation, Integrity and Excellence and will expect you to demonstrate this working with us. Your work will matter and produce real outcomes.  You will be able to influence your experiences based upon your abilities and interest.   

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process and to perform essential job functions. Please contact us to request adjustments. 

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I’m ready to apply, what do I do next? 

Step 1: Fill in this monitoring form

Step 2: Send in your CV and cover letter to Geraldine Hough at [email protected], use “EDI Internship application” in the email subject line.

Please name your files:

  • CV_lastname_firstname
  • CoverLetter_lastname_firstname 

Closing date: 22 August 2021.

Step 3: We will be in touch with you via email shortly after the application deadline has passed. The interviews are scheduled for early-mid September.