Guy’s and St Thomas’ yesterday welcomed interns as part of a prestigious new diversity and inclusion science programme.

The interns are part of a cohort of 49 interns participating in the Health Data Research UK 2021 Black Internship Programme.

As the UK’s national institute for health data science and the alliance of UK health data custodians, Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) and UK Health Data Research Alliance hope to help transform the prospects of and provide opportunities for young Black people in the UK, allowing them to flourish in their future science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through the Black Internship Programme.

From yesterday, the interns as part of 49 allocated interns within the Black Internship Programme will commence their paid work experience across 23 partnership Alliance organisations. This internship programme is in partnership with the 10,000 Black Interns initiative.

Sally Babiker, a 20 year old intern who is studying Biomedical Sciences at King’s College London said: “This is my first internship and I am really excited to start it and learn more about the world of health data science. I am looking forward to learning how data scientists work toward the betterment of public health and I also hope that this amazing opportunity will give me the insight that I need to start my journey to becoming a health data scientist.”

Kate Blake, Director of R&D Strategy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ said: “We are delighted to welcome our cohort of interns as part of the Black Internship Programme which we are supporting as members of HDR UK Research Alliance. We look forward to seeing them working with some of our leading clinical academics over the next six weeks and supporting them in their career journey within health data science.

“Our BRC recognises the underrepresentation of people of colour in health data science and we are committed to redressing that balance through opportunities like these. We are delighted to partner with Health Data Research UK and share aims to help transform the prospects of young Black people in the UK STEM careers.”

Caroline Cake, CEO at Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) said: “As we have seen through the COVID-19 pandemic, health data science is essential to understand causes of disease and to prevent and treat disease. We need talented health data scientists who represent all of us to lead this vital work. This summer, our interns will learn about many different aspects of health data science, build a community of future health data scientists, and help us create a sector that these scientists will thrive within.”