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The Residency Internship and the BMA

The Bhopal Medical Appeal (BMA) seeks to appoint a part-time intern to contribute to our LivingBodiesObjects (LBO) research collaboration with The University of Leeds and Immersive Networks.

The LBO is a 3-year project designed to test and extend the boundaries of Medical Humanities research. Facilitated by Immersive Networks (, it involves experiments in digital technologies, theatre and museum practices, and charity work. We are also committed to exploring research culture within universities, stressing the need for greater equality, diversity and inclusion and innovative ways of understanding, and supporting career development.

The BMA is a charity based in Brighton that provides funding to two health clinics offering free medical care to victims of the 1984 gas disaster in Bhopal, India – the Sambhavna Trust Clinic, and the Chingari Rehabilitation Centre. Our collaborative work in the LBO project will involve experimentation with a range of technologies to raise awareness of the disaster and subsequent water contamination.

Independent research and project support; contributions to evaluation of technology and contributions to practical use of immersive technologies.

August 2023 to December 2023

Start Date 
August 2023

National Living Wage. This is a part-time, 20 hour a week internship.

Application deadline 
Friday 21st of July, 2023.

Location and work patterns
Work will be based in the charity’s office in Community Base, Brighton. We are happy to discuss possible working arrangements with interested candidates.

What does the role entail?
As an intern for the BMA you will collaborate with Immersive Networks and The University of Leeds to help develop technologies which will include:
Participating in project team activities, which may include experiments with technology, and associated events, for example, The Bhopal Marathon Podcast series.
Collaborating with our LBO partners, The Sambhavna Trust Clinic, The Chingari Rehabilitation Centre, and other stakeholders to ensure survivor testimonies are captured and developed in a digital format.

Leading on the integration and development of new technologies across The Bhopal Medical Appeal’s digital platforms (reviewing the website and social media platforms including Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

Benefits and outcomes:
• You will be mentored by Zia Islam (BMA Operations Manager) and will be offered mentoring meetings to discuss skills, CV enhancement and career development.
• You will apply your academic research skills to the collaboration, resulting in a change in practice.
• You will develop a deeper understanding of work that supports The BMA’s mission and experience using technology in these contexts.
• You will gain experience in working as part of a collaborative academic research team, working on a project that has significant potential for public engagement and impact.

What will you bring to the role?  

• You are an undergraduate student in from an arts, humanities, social sciences, or international development background.
• You have well-developed research and analytical skills.
• You are able to manage your own tasks on a day-to-day basis, with minimal supervision, and to use your initiative.
• You have good time management and planning skills, with the ability to complete agreed tasks and meet deadlines.
• You have good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to communicate effectively with academic and non-academic colleagues.
• You have a proven ability to work well both individually and as part of a team.

You may have research expertise and/or practical experience in any of the following areas:

  • International Development
  • Global Politics
  • Sustainable Development
  • India Studies or South Asian Studies
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Information Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence

Candidates will always be selected based on merit.

Application Instructions  
Apply by sending a CV (2 pages max) and covering letter of no more than 750 words to [email protected]. Please state ‘The Bhopal Medical Appeal: Intern’ as the email subject. Please ensure you demonstrate the following in your covering letter and CV:
• how you match the essential and desirable criteria above;
• why your skills, academic background, and/or research interests make you a strong candidate for this post;
• and how you anticipate this post will support your career development.
If you have any questions about the role before application or would like an informal conversation about it, please contact Zia Islam ([email protected]).
You must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the internship. Information is available at

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