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Health policy and criminological project is looking for interns

Internship at a research project of the Department of Sociology in Lund. For students of the Department’s Master's programmes (internship courses SOCN20 and SOCN21).

The health policy and criminological project "Illicit pharmaceutical industry marketing" is looking for interns for the autumn semester 2022

This health policy and criminological project seeks to analyze 10 years of investigations into pharmaceutical company unethical or illicit marketing in the UK and/or Sweden. The intern’s task will be to work alongside LU teacher/researcher Shai Mulinari and collaborators in the UK to code and analyze case-reports of unethical and illicit behavior that are published by drug industry self-regulatory bodies (e.g., The Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority in the UK). Successful joint work might result in a co-authored publication. Our team has long experience of using these case reports in research, see for example:


  • Candidates should have experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods and strong analytical skills.
  • Candidates should speak and write English well.
  • Strong preference given to candidates with an interest in health policy and/or corporate crime and regulation.
  • Strong preference for candidates that are able to conduct and document their careful empirical research of large volumes of structured text.   

What does the internship involve?

The intern will read, code and summarize a great number of investigative reports of drug company marketing. See e.g.…

The aim is to develop a detailed analysis of verified unethical drug marketing, including what companies, drugs, marketing activities and marketing channels are involved. The intern is expected to help develop and apply a coding scheme and present and interpret the results in tables, figures and text. Successful joint work might result in a co-authored publication.


Starting autumn 2022. 30 credit/autumn semester internship only.


The Department of Sociology in Lund

How to apply

Send a letter of introduction (max an A4 page), your CV and degree certificates to shai [dot] mulinari [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se. Your letter of introduction should describe who you are, your goals for the internship, and what you hope to gain from the internship.

Last application date

April 15, 2022.

Contact information

Person responsible for the research project: shai [dot] mulinari [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se.

If you have general questions about internships at the Department of Sociology, you are welcome to contact Britt-Marie Johansson, britt-marie [dot] johansson [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se.