Student Opportunities

Research Dyscovery offer research internships to psychology students (in their second year and above) at the University of South Wales through the Psychology Plus scheme.

A key element of our psychology degrees is hands-on experience. Psychology Plus provides students with free opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge-base with the aim of giving them a competitive advantage in the graduate jobs market or when applying for further study. Research Dyscovery’s student internship programme aims to provide experience of research in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders, including a chance to learn research-relevant skills and gain practical research experience on real ongoing grant applications and projects.

We run new internships every term. To sign up, please email research.dyscovery@southwales.ac.uk.


Internship Levels

Our student internship programme consists of two levels:

The first is Associate Research Intern, during which students work together in groups of 3-4 over 5 weeks on real-world research tasks, presenting their findings as a group at the end of the 5 week internship period. Some of the tasks students may be working on include literature searching, grant body searching (using GRANTfinder), designing project methodology and data collection in student populations. From this experience, students gain an understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders and the research process, as well as developing skills in group working and giving oral presentations. Students also receive a Psychology Plus certificate, presented by one of the academic staff from the Research Dyscovery team and there is a prize for best group.

The second level is Research Intern, where students work individually with supervision from one of the senior research assistants from Research Dyscovery (Amy or Hayley), working on more complex research tasks such as drafting sections of manuscripts, planning research events, assisting with data collection (potentially in clinical populations), data analysis and mentoring of Associate Interns. This level is considered excellent preparation and experience to go on to apply for paid Research Assistant roles.


Student Feedback

“It was a very valuable experience for me as I could use my knowledge and skills for a real project and I could see how our work can be used and learn about the real projects.”

“Gained a lot of valuable skills, and gave me the opportunity to practice presentation skills.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I felt that I improved in my ability of reading journals and more confident in independent learning.”

“Improved my research skills; gave me the chance to explore a new topic; it helped me realise my weaknesses and strengths in terms of delivery.”

“Lovely staff; interesting research.”

“…after the presentation I felt that I accomplished something and I was proud of myself as it felt challenging at times.”

Jenna on her experience as a Research Dyscovery Associate Intern.