Internship Programme FAQ

Are you thinking about applying for an internship at BenevolentAI, but want to do some more research before you apply? We made this handy guide to answer commonly asked questions.

You can also head to our blog to meet our 2021 cohort and get a snapshot of their experience at Benevolent.

Q: What can you expect from your internship at Benevolent 

Our internship programme is designed to give you hands-on industry experience. You can expect to improve your expertise within your specialised subject area, and gain valuable transferable skills to set yourself up for success in the workplace. 

Watch our chat with our Data Science Intern, Niall, and hear about his summer interning in the Metrics and Evaluation team at Benevolent:

Q: What kind of internships do you offer?

We generally cover tech internships in areas such as data science, AI, machine learning and SRE, as well as internship opportunities in several business operations functions. Please keep an eye on our internship page for updates.

Q: Are internships paid?

All of our interns are paid and have access to fantastic benefits such as health cash plan options, life insurance, pension scheme (for 22+ years old), mental health and wellbeing support, and paid volunteering day. We’ll also provide you with plenty of opportunities to meet your teammates, get stuck into an activity or learn something new, be this through lunch and learns, Challenge Days or Personal Development Time.

Q: When do internships start and how long do they last?

A: Internships start anytime after 6th June, and are full-time for 3 months.

Q: Will the internship be remote?

A: You will have the flexibility to work from home should you want to, but you will also need to come into the office twice a week. This way, you can experience in-person collaboration, networking, and learning and development. You’ll also be able to make the most of our fully-stocked pantry, bi-weekly Happy Hour and company events! While at home, interns will still have full support from their team via regular team stand-ups, Slack, Lunch and Learns, Challenge Days and Fireside Talks. 

Q: I don’t have a computer; can I do the internship? 

A: Our IT team will provide all of our interns with a laptop to use for the entire duration of their internship. They’ll be on hand throughout your time at Benevolent to make sure your tech is all set up and you’re up to speed with our systems.

Q: Can you apply from outside of the UK/US and do you provide visas for internships? 

A: You can apply from outside of the UK and the US, but you must live, and have the right to carry out a paid internship, in the country that the role is based (either the UK or US). Unfortunately, we are not able to offer visa sponsorship for internships.

If you have already obtained a visa or have the right to work within the office location (UK or USA) we encourage you to apply. More information can be found below: 

  • (US): F1 visa holders with eligible OPT or CPT are eligible to apply - if you are unclear as to whether or not you are eligible for OPT or CPT please confirm with your school's process. You will be required to provide a copy of your I-20 with approved OPT/CPT on or before your start date.  
  • (UK): Tier 4 Students with eligible work placement are eligible to apply - please confirm with your visa sponsor for eligibility requirements.

Q: What is the best way to get an internship at Benevolent and what will I need with my application?

A: A cover letter and resume are required for all roles, and we may also ask you for examples of projects you have worked on. Please check the Notes section of the job ad to see what is required. While it’s important to have knowledge of the fundamentals of the role, it’s also important to demonstrate a collaborative mindset and passion for the AI-drug discovery industry. Most tech interns work cross-functionally with people from engineering, AI science, bioinformatics and drug discovery backgrounds, so a natural curiosity is a must!

We actively welcome applications from candidates with non-traditional backgrounds.

Would you like to #InternAtBenevolent?

→ We hope this may have answered some of your most burning questions. You can apply for our 2022 Internship Programme here - applications close on Monday 7th February 2022.
→ Want to do some more research before you apply? Go to our blog to read about the experiences of our 2021 Internship Cohort. We look forward to hearing from you!
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