We are delighted to announce that applications for the PERC summer internship scheme, Monday 2 July – Friday 24 August 2018, are now open.


Aims and Applications

Closing date for applications: 5 pm Friday 8 June

Successful candidates will be informed by 5 pm Friday 15 June

Scheme dates

Monday 2 July – Friday 24 August 2018


The PERC internship scheme is aimed at chiropractic graduates with a first or upper second class degree, although those with a clear commitment and flare for research may also be considered. Competent computer skills including spread sheet calculations and word processing are required.

The scheme will be affiliated with an established internship programme at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, University of Nottingham, and a network world-leading MSK researchers at six universities: Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, Loughborough, Leeds and Bath. The scheme provides the opportunity for newly graduated chiropractors to work with other new graduate health clinicians, health scientists, and medical students (3rd year or later), interested in research in sport, exercise and osteoarthritis to obtain first-hand experiences of multi-disciplinary research environments.

Chiropractic interns will work alongside active researchers at the University of Southampton, University of South Wales or AECC University College, but will be actively involved with researchers in sport, exercise and osteoarthritis research within the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis. Via mentorship from key senior researchers, they will be exposed to research design, conduct, governance and analysis and dissemination activities in a range of health disciplines. They will be given a project that aligns with the host institution research team and is feasible to complete within the short time frame.  Mentors will be identified as someone who has the wisdom, insight and experience of clinical research.

Opportunities throughout the Centre will be available and, if appropriate, in other Universities within the collaboration to maximise the training opportunities and exposure to the research environment. The Centre asks all interns to provide ongoing contributions to the Centre once their internship has ended. 

Funded by the Chiropractic Research Council, interns will receive a £1000 stipend to assist with living costs and £500 towards travel expenses for the period of the internship. Proof of accommodation costs and travel expenses will be required. 


The objectives of the PERC Internship in associations with Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis graduate research internships are to produce interns who:

  • Develop skills in research methods and application beyond that of honours graduates.
  • Understand the importance of good research governance and are aware of the administrative framework within which clinical research is currently undertaken.
  • Understand the context of clinical research within the health and health science.
  • Have an opportunity to work with some of the leading UK sports science, AHP, nursing and medical researchers and state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Understand the importance of networks and have developed potential collaborative links in the broader context of sports, exercise and osteoarthritis research.
  • Recognise the importance of a mutually supporting cohort of new graduate researchers who are able to contribute to the future development of sport, exercise and osteoarthritis research.
  • Understand clinical academic and health science career pathways and the processes involved in applying for future funding to progress to advanced levels of research training.
  • Provide ongoing contributions to the Centre once their internship has ended.


To apply please submit:

                        A personal statement of intent (max. 500 words)

                        Current CV (including 2 academic references)

All applications must be received by 5pm Friday 8 June 2018


Completed applications should be sent to: info@crc-uk.org with the subject line: 2018 Internship Application. Attach your application as one document titled with your name.

Suitable applicants will be invited for interviewed by telephone or Skype during week 11 – 14 June.

Successful candidates will be notified by 5pm on Friday 15 June and MUST be ready to commence the programme on Monday 2 July 2018.