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Medical Writer Internship

Costello Medical

Apply before: June 30, 2024
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  • Date posted
    April 3, 2024
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  • Apply before
    June 30, 2024
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Job Description


Role Summary

  • Responsibilities: You will be presented with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of medial writing projects in our Publications division, typically working on two to three projects simultaneously, for the duration of your internship
  • Salary: A monthly stipend of £2,150
  • Benefits: Hybrid working options, statutory holiday allowance, flexible working hours, employer pension contributions, as well as funded social activities
  • Role Type: Full-time, temporary internship
  • Start Date: This internship will last for 6 months, from Monday 1st July to Friday 13th December 2024 inclusive
  • Location: This role is available in our Global Headquarters in Cambridge, our London office and Manchester office


About the Role

Our internships are ideal for current students and recent graduates in the sciences seeking to gain an insight into life at a fast-growing healthcare consultancy. You will be presented with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of projects, typically working on two to three projects simultaneously for the duration of your internship.

As an intern within the Publications division, you will work closely with clients and world-renowned opinion leaders to produce publications that communicate key scientific and clinical data to a wide audience. Project will include the development of abstracts and manuscripts, as well as posters and oral presentations for large international congresses. In addition, you may have the chance to work on regulatory documents, lay summaries and policy-related publications. These meaningful and exciting projects contribute to improving healthcare outcomes globally. To see examples of our work, please click here:

Interns receive one-to-one training on the technical aspects of the role and learn about project management and effective communication with clients. You will also learn about good publication practice and strategic publication planning. This role is for those looking to apply their scientific writing and creative skills to deliver high-impact publication projects to a wide range of clients.

The Difference Between our Medical Writer Internship and our Analyst/Medical Writer Internship

Our Medical Writer Interns will be based within our Publications division only, with the duration of their internship focusing on Publications projects. If you have an interest in working with our other divisions, our Analyst/Medical Writer Internship may be for you. As an Analyst/Medical Writer, you will likely work across two divisions for the duration of the internship. Therefore, you may work on Publications projects for half of your time during your internship, as opposed to full-time during the Medical Writer Internship. Please note that, for the Analyst/Medical Writer Internship, your division(s) would be confirmed closer to your start date and, whilst every effort will be made to consider your divisional preference, this will be subject to business need and project availability.

You can learn more about the Analyst/Medical Writer Internship here:

A Day in the Life of a Medical Writer

We aim for our Medical Writer Internship to be an accurate reflection of the permanent Medical Writer role. To learn more about a typical day for a Medical Writer at Costello Medical, please click here:

Career Prospects After the Internship

During the internship programme, for individuals performing well, there is the opportunity to apply for the Analyst/Medical Writer role and join our expanding team on a permanent basis. On average, 40% of our Analyst/Medical Writer Interns move into a permanent role with Costello Medical. To learn more about the benefits that we offer for permanent roles, please click here:

To learn more about the personal and professional development we offer at Costello Medical, please click below to read firsthand accounts from our colleagues about their time with the company:

About You

This internship is suited to recent graduates and post-graduates, as well as current students who are permitted to complete full time internships either during the holidays or as a placement as a part of their degree. Please note that we do not recommend completing the Medical Writer Internship programme at the same time as studying, completing a dissertation or writing a PhD thesis due to the competing demands of your workload in your course and the role.

Essential requirements for the role are:

  • An undergraduate degree level qualification in a scientific discipline (minimum 2.1 or expected 2.1). Postgraduate qualifications (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) would be an advantage, but they are not a requirement for the role. We welcome applications from candidates with a diverse range of specialisms, including but not limited to biology, chemistry, pharmacy and medicine
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English, and the ability to communicate scientific material clearly in both written and oral form for a variety of audiences
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to plan your own work effectively, with a proactive approach to task prioritisation and time management
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Strong self-motivation, self-awareness and willingness to learn, with a desire to contribute to the company above and beyond project work
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • A genuine interest in healthcare and an eagerness to learn about new areas of science


About Costello Medical

Costello Medical is a rapidly growing global healthcare agency specialising in medical communications, market access and health economic and outcomes research. We work with a wide range of clients, including the industry’s most successful pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, patient and public health bodies and charitable organisations. Our mission is to be a community of the very best people, building trusted partnerships across the healthcare sector by delivering an exceptional service. Our vision is to be a leading global partner consistently striving for meaningful and outstanding contributions that improve people’s health and lives.

We are committed to our company values which are central to creating our fun, friendly and innovative workplace in which we strive to deliver the highest standards of quality. As a result, we have been listed in The Top 100 Companies to Work For list for five consecutive years.

On 27th May 2022, Costello Medical received its certification as a B Corporation. We are really proud of this achievement as it demonstrates that Costello Medical is meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance. We underwent a rigorous assessment that covered the whole of our business including employee benefits, charitable giving and sustainability. We believe this certification is external validation of our mission to be a force for good.

The Recruitment Process

Our recruitment process includes a written assessment and proofreading exercise for you to complete in your own time. If successful, you will be invited to an interview with our Career Development Programme Directors.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce and, throughout the recruitment process, there are a number of reasonable adjustments we can provide. Please click here to read more about this and contact the People Team via [email protected] should you require reasonable adjustments at any stage.

This internship will run for 6 months, from Monday 1st July to Friday 13th December 2024 inclusive. We are accepting applications for this role on a rolling basis until June. Therefore, we would encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible so that we can begin processing your application.

What We Offer

The stipend for interns is £1,950 per calendar month, and you will be entitled to statutory holiday. We are proud of our position in The Best Companies Top 100 Companies to Work for list which has been achieved for five consecutive years, awarded because of the friendly and supportive environment that we generate for our colleagues and the opportunities offered for quick progression and increased responsibility. We provide exceptional internal training, opportunities to work on pro bono and charitable projects, and regular company-funded social activities.

How to Apply

You are required to submit your CV and a cover letter via our online application form. In your cover letter, you must explain why you think you would be suited to the role and why you would like to join Costello Medical, with examples to support both. As written communication is a vital skill for this role, if your cover letter is suspected to have been generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI), your application is likely to be disqualified. Your CV should clearly state the dates of all qualifications and grades achieved where applicable.

Please contact the Talent Acquisition team at [email protected] if you have any questions about the role or application process.

Visa Sponsorship

Please note that this role does not meet the eligibility criteria for visa sponsorship and you will therefore need the right to work in the UK independently from the company.