To make it easier for you to find a great work placement, we’ve dedicated this blog post to upcoming opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths.
We will be updating this list regularly, so keep checking back for more.
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MRC Clinical Sciences Centre
- Digital Communications Internship – Are you an aspiring science communicator? Do you want to gain experience using the latest in digital communications tools to promote contemporary biomedical research? The MRC Clinical Sciences Centre is inviting applications for a 3 month internship that will run from September to November 2013. Working closely with the Public Engagement, Media & Grants team and the Editor of BPoD, you will manage the content for the Biomedical Picture of the Day website. You will prepare and upload content using Adobe Creative Suite tools and help promote the website through Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Applicants should have some knowledge of website management and an interest in biomedical research, but no specialist qualifications are required to apply. Send a CV and covering letter explaining why you’re interested in this opportunity. email@example.com. Salary: £16,088 – £22,400 (this does not include Location allowance and CLS). Closing date: 1st September
The Royal Institution
- Digital Content Intern x 2 -The Royal Institution seeks two bright and creative individuals to support the launch of a new organisation-wide website. As members of the digital team you will help to migrate existing content and create new features for online publication. Working closely with the Digital Manager you will coordinate between multiple departments to ensure that the project runs on time for an anticipated launch in late autumn. Full description here. To apply, send a CV and Covering Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5.00pm on 28 August and specify your availability from 1 September 2013 to end of October 2013.
The British Council
- Education & Society- Science – Marketing and Communications Internship- Can you excite and inspire others to be interested in Science? Do you have what it takes to contribute to the design and implementation of a social media marketing strategy? Working in the science team you will play an important part in promoting the CUBED website and e-zine. The successful candidate will promote the content through existing links and establish new partnerships with influential media channels to increase the level of traffic back to the CUBED website. You will have the opportunity to feed into the development of the website, it’s content and the structure and design of the CUBED e-zine. Successful candidates will have a proven interest in Science and have knowledge of the use of social media to improve the reach of the British Council’s CUBED website. Apply here.
Nature, Washington, DC, United States
- News Writing Internship. Nature magazine is soliciting applications for its full-time news writing internship in its Washington DC office, just a couple blocks from the White House. Candidates should have a strong background in science and journalism, and should demonstrate a desire to pursue hard-nosed stories. We approach science – and the practice of science – critically. The internship is for 6 months beginning 3 September. Details on how to apply.
The European Food Information Council (EUFIC)
- 12 monthEU Projects Communications Intern – The role involves assisting the EU Projects Communications Manager in delivering EUFIC commitments to EU-projects, particularly with communication activities, and dealing with financial and administrative aspects of the projects. More details and how to apply here. Deadline is 25th August.
- Editorial Internship in Lauzanne, Switzerland – Frontiers is an open access academic publisher. We are seeking enthusiastic recent graduates for the position of Editorial Assistant. This paid, full-time position in our Lausanne office will last for six to twelve months, and will provide the successful candidate with an excellent opportunity to learn about the rapidly changing environment in scientific communication from an insider’s perspective, to see all aspects of the peer-review and publishing process at different scales, and to be the first to see new research before it’s published. More info here.
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
- Science and Communication Internship: OIST is looking for a science communication intern who will write news and feature articles for the web and our internal communication site, as well as occasional press releases. The science communications intern will also be responsible for updating OIST’s social media outlets and writing text for PR and event materials. If the intern has experience in photography or videography, he/she will also be responsible for taking photos and/or creating videos to accompany written materials. Preference will be given to candidates who have excellent writing and speaking skills in both English and Japanese; however, individuals who only possess some Japanese proficiency will be considered. More details here.
- The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is an independent, non-profit and non-political student exchange organisation. It provides students in technical degrees (primarily Science, Engineering and the applied arts) with paid, course-related, training abroad and employers with highly skilled, highly motivated trainees, for long or short term projects. With over 80 countries involved and exchanging over 4000 traineeships each year worldwide, it is the largest organisation of its kind in the world. More infomation and deadlines here.
- Autumn Internships – A number of full-time paid internships, ranging from Press Office, to Digital Media and Science Policy. Deadline for applications: 10am, Monday 15 July. More info, and apply, here.
- Digital Internship – Pulse – the leading provider of news, education and advice for GPs – has a vacancy for a full-time, paid six-month internship working on their website. The role is predominantly a digital content management role, although there may be some potential for occasional writing. Deadline is 15th July 2013. More info, and apply, here.
The Francis Crick Institute
- Communications and Engagement Intern – The position of Communications and Engagement Internship has been created to offer an enthusiastic undergraduate, or postgraduate, the opportunity to gain valuable work experience within the Communications and Engagement team at the Crick. The Communications and Engagement Intern will report to both the Communications Manager and the Education Outreach Manager. The internship will be offered on a fixed term contract of maximum 12 months, depending on the successful candidate’s availability. Salary is £17,000 pa pro rata. Deadline is 28th June 2013. Apply here.
- One year communications and engagement intern – The placement will begin in September 2013, and is open to those who have completed a first degree, MSc or PhD within the last two years. The Communications and engagement intern will be based in the communications team. The placement is for one year at a salary of £22,504. The communications team undertakes a wide variety of activities including: overseeing the ESRC’s science in society strategy, promoting and disseminating findings and impacts from ESRC funded research, managing and delivering website content, corporate events, publications and press, advising and supporting our investments, and supporting communications throughout the organisation. Further details here. The closing date for applications is 26 July, 2013.
- 10 week internship –dot.rural is one of the three RCUK Digital Economy research hubs and brings together a team of over 80 researchers from a range of academic disciplines to explore the challenges of the rural digital economy.As part of its wider engagement with the academic community and impact agenda, dot.rural has introduced a summer internship scheme. This is designed to support students from outside dot.rural to spend time at the Hub. You will join a lively community of 23 PhD students already based in the Hub, working across a range of disciplines. The duration of an internship is 10 weeks (full-time) and the scheme is aimed at currently registered postgraduate students, particularly PhD students. For PhD students who receive a stipend from their home university during the internship, a bursary of £300 per week will be available. For PhD students who suspend their stipend at their home university’s request, an enhanced bursary of £350 per week will be available. Internships will take place over Summer 2013. University accommodation is available (at a cost to the intern) but is only available between 18 June and 30 August 2013. More information about the scheme and how to apply here.
The Royal Society of Chemistry
- The Royal Society of Chemistry runs a paid internship every year, which is supported by the Marriott Bequest. For eight weeks the intern will work in RSC’s magazine’s section on Chemistry World and Education in Chemistry. We’re looking for someone coming to the end of their undergraduate or graduate course, preferably in the chemical sciences. A bursary of £1750 is provided for the eight weeks and applications for the position close in late May, although the exact date hasn’t been finalised for the 2013 internship. The link from the 2012 intake is still active: http://www.rsc.org/Education/EiC/issues/2012May/science-writer-intern-summer-2012.asp
- RSC Westminster Fellowship Scheme. The Westminster Fellowship Scheme is an annual internship scheme at the offices of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology [POST] with two £5,000 bursaries available from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The candidate(s) will assist POST in its function of providing objective briefing material for MPs and Peers. The RSC funds one/two candidates to work at POST for 3 months, engaging in work that is intended to aid scientific research into public policy areas, as well as raising public awareness. The Scheme is open to RSC members only, and it is important that applicants have a clear interest in the public dissemination of findings for scientific research and the ability to present an interesting, concise and balanced summary of research in a given domain. Applications for the Fellowship Scheme are open now until the deadline on 31 May. Find out more and apply here
- Video Production Intern – Spring 2013. The intern will work with the staff video editor to produce a weekly science-themed video series and complete other production tasks as assigned. The intern will assist with filming, editing, writing scripts, creating motion graphics, and a variety of other tasks. More details here.
The Society for Experimental Biology
- The Society for Experimental Biology is currently advertising a four-week science communication press internship to cover its Main Meeting 2013. Application deadline is 5pm GMT on 22nd April 2013. See the March 2013 news bulletin (pg 9) for more details on how to apply: http://www.sebiology.org/publications/Bulletin/SEB_Bulletin.html
- New Scientist’s editorial trainee scheme provides six months’ paid work experience and training in our central London office. The start date is negotiable. Applicants will need a degree in science or technology and must demonstrate their talent by sending in an unpublished article of not more than 400 words describing a recent advance in science or technology. The article should be written in New Scientist style. More details on how to submit your application here.
The Naked Scientists
- Summer internship and prize, science radio and podcasting– Looking to kick-start a career in science media? The Naked Scientists have an opening for an intern to join their award-winning team this summer. “The Naked Scientists” broadcasts on BBC radio stations across the UK, and worldwide as a podcast. The successful applicant, who will also receive a cash award of £1000, will spend a period of 8 – 10 weeks gaining experience in making science radio programmes and podcasts, web development, science writing, video editing and production. Deadline is 30th April 2013. Apply here.
- Research intern – citizen engagement in issues around climate change: Involve are looking for an intern to conduct research on the subject of public engagement with climate change and energy futures, to support the development of this Involve programme. The internship is 4 days/week for 3 months. This is a paid internship. Interns will receive £8.55 an hour (the current London Living Wage), and will be responsible for their own lunch and travel expenses. You will be based in Involve’s offices at 33 Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR. Deadline is 19th April 2013. More information, and how to apply, here.
Internship in Analytical Software Development for at least 6 months in Germany: In a small team you will develop database applications for the .NET-platform. This includes Client/Server applications based on WinForms and ASP.NET with an Oracle database back-end. Based on existing user requirements’ specifications, you will work on the architecture of software systems and the implementation of classes and assemblies. During the development you will write automated unit tests to ensure a high quality of the finished product. Apply here.
Research internships: Undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, research and engineering can experience the exciting city of Singapore by applying for the Experience Singapore: Summer Research Internships. From Nov. 15, 2012 to Feb 28, 2013, the program is accepting applications for internships. More information here.
2013 Air Force Institue of Technology Summer Internship Program
- SOCHE’s Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for engineering and science students to gain valuable experience working at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) through the Graduate School of Engineering & Management. AFIT is located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and has a long history of graduate research and education. The SOCHE Summer Internship Program hosts students from higher education institutions throughout the United States and provides students an opportunity to develop scientific and engineering skills and competence through participation in cutting-edge research projects in a graduate educational environment. This experience also provides a “head start” for students that pursue a MS or Ph.D. at AFIT in the future. Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Apply here. The application deadline is February 8, 2013.
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex
- Invasive Plant Intern, Shirley, NY, United States : Interns will work with Refuge staff on the early detection-rapid response invasive species project at Oyster Bay, Target Rock, Seatuck and Wertheim National Wildlife Refuges. This internship will provide individuals with the opportunity to develop invasive species management skills, including identification, mapping and control. Training: On-the-job-training provided by biologists in plant identification and invasive species control techniques. Salary and Housing: Stipend $273/week plus free housing. More details and how to apply here.
- Conservation Biology Intern, Sag Harbor, NY, United States: The position will support conservation activities at four units of the Long Island NWR Complex and provide the intern with an opportunity to study wildlife management techniques through actual field work. This internship will focus on several tasks such as monitoring populations of beach nesting birds (e.g. federally threatened piping plover, least and common tern, and American oystercatcher), predator management and invasive species management. Duties include setting up/taking down symbolic fencing/exclosures, weekly population surveys, nest searches, behavioral observations, nest and brood monitoring, predator surveillance and trapping, invasive species mapping and control and public outreach. Position Dates: Start – mid-April or early-May; Ending – Late August to late-September (Approximately 14-18 weeks). Start and end dates are flexible. Salary and Housing: Stipend $273/week plus free housing. More information and how to apply here.
Sandia National Laboratories
- Student Intern – CSRI Grad Summer : Albuquerque, NM, United States: Performs work as an entry- to mid-level member of the workforce within a science and engineering environment involving graduate-level assignments, which may include research, application of project design and diagnostics, testing and documentation, development and analysis of technology options, and assembly and troubleshooting. More details and how to apply here.
- Summer Internships: Fermilab’s SIST program offers twelve-week summer internships in science and technology to undergraduate college students currently enrolled in four-year U.S. colleges and universities. Internships available in physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science offer a chance for students to work with Fermilab scientists or engineers on a project within the context of laboratory research. Deadline is Feb 15 2013. Apply here.
Audubon Center of the North Woods
- Advanced Naturalist Internship, Sandstone, MN, United States: The Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is located in Sandstone, MN. We serve as a private, non-profit residential environmental learning center (RELC), wildlife rehabilitation facility, and conference & retreat center. We offer environmental learning experiences for people of all ages, with programming in natural history and science, team-building, adventure programming, and outdoor/environmental education. Our participants have the opportunity to experience a wide range of learning environments including our wildlife barn, yurt, log cabin, formal science classroom, and of course, the great outdoors! Apply here.
Mississippi River Network
- Part-time Summer internships: The Mississippi River flows through the heart of America, nourishes our farms and families, is a home for wildlife and provides jobs that sustain our nation’s hardworking families. But today, our great River is in trouble. Pollution from farms, untreated sewage and factories along with weak enforcement of water laws has caused our once mighty Mississippi to decline. The 1 Mississippi campaign intern will work to protect the Mississippi River by assisting with the planning and implementation of the national 1 Mississippi campaign on a local level. 1 Mississippi is created by the Mississippi River Network: Headwaters to Gulf (MRN), a coalition of 42 nonprofit organizations and businesses working together from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico to protect the land, water and people of America’s greatest River. MRN seeks interns for four regions—Minnesota/Wisconsin (based in St. Paul, MN) ; Illinois/Missouri (based in Alton, IL); Tennessee/Kentucky (based in Memphis, TN). For more information and to apply click here. Deadline is 31st January 2013.
Science Magazine, Washington, DC
- Science News Writing Internship: Science Magazine, the largest circulating weekly of basic research — founded in 1880 by Thomas Alva Edison and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) — is offering an internship program for news writers. Science accepts applications for two 6-month periods: a winter-spring internship from January through June (deadline, September 15; selection, by mid-October) and a summer-fall internship from July through December (deadline, March 1; selection, by mid-April). Apply here.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Summer internship programme in Biomedical Research: Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day. Deadline is 1st March 2013. More information and application guidelines here.
The British Science Association
- Media fellowships for researchers: A Media Fellow experiences first-hand how science is reported by spending 3-6 weeks on a summer placement with a press, broadcast or online journalist such as the Guardian, The Irish Times or BBC. They work with professional journalists to produce well informed, newsworthy pieces about developments in science. The Fellows come away better equipped to communicate their research to the media, public and their colleagues. They develop writing skills that could help produce concise and engaging articles and funding applications. For details about the scheme, including eligibility and online application form, visit the webpage. Application deadline: 11 March 2013.
The Royal Society
- Summer Science Exhibition intern: The Royal Society has an opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to help deliver the Summer Science Exhibition as a paid intern. The Summer Science Exhibition is the Royal Society’s premier public event lasting a week with audiences as varied as school groups, the general public and VIPs in the world of science, engineering and mathematics. The exhibition is a complex event involving over 20 cutting edge exhibits from UK universities as well as a surrounding programme of café scientifique, lectures and debates and family shows. Apply here.
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre
- Summer placements are typically available to students studying for their first degree (including medical and veterinary students) who are seeking research/work experience, usually during the summer break. We also welcome applications from master students. Placements are typically for three months between June and September although it may be possible to accommodate alternative periods on request, ranging from one to four months. Placements are potentially available across the full spectrum of the Institute’s activities. Applications are invited from 3rd December 2012 until 28th February 2013 and should be made using our on-line recruitment facility. To apply, visit Current jobs and look for Summer Placement.
- Year long internship based at Pembroke Power Station: the station is a 2,000MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station recently constructed in West Wales. Now fully operational, it is the largest and most efficient CCGT power station in the UK. This will be a bespoke placement as we will tailor the year’s experience to the interests of the applicant. We welcome interest from any applicant with an engineering / science / technical background, although we are particularly interested in applicants with an electrical / control engineering background. Deadline is 12 February 2013. Apply here.
Campaign for Science and Engineering
We’re currently advertising for a 3 month internship to begin early in 2013. The successful candidate will be paid the London Living Wage, and support our policy & communications work on a range of science and education policy projects. The application deadline is 2nd January. Full details are here.
- Quantitative research PostGrad internship: We have a wide variety of internships available within Quantitative Research for Quantitative PhD, Advanced Masters and DEA students. Please refer to the website for information on the type of tasks that the role might include. The ideal candidate for Quantitative Research will have: PhD or equivalent degree (e.g., DEA, relevant Masters) in a highly quantitative discipline, such as Engineering, Mathematics, Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology), Computer Science or Financial Mathematics. Advanced mathematics and numerical analysis needed for derivatives pricing, as well as creative thinking. Deadline is 6th January 2013. Apply here.
- 1 year Internship – to commence in June 2013: The Thales Transportation Systems Domain deals with Transportation solutions for clients such as Network Rail, London Underground (railway), Transport for Greater Manchester (tram), Highways Authority (roads). As one of our Intern Software Engineers you will be involved in assisting with software development tasks undertaken at our site at Cheadle Heath in Manchester. The role will also involve design, code, test, correct and document moderately complex programs and program modifications from supplied specifications, using agreed standards and tools and conducting reviews of supplied specifications. Deadline is 20th January 2013. Apply here.
- 10 week paid pharmacy summer placement: AstraZeneca are looking to appoint Pharmacy students who are currently in their third year of study and are interested in pursuing a career in industry. Enthusiasm, professionalism and a sense of fun are key to this role, as well as the ability to work as part of a team. You should be curious about industrial pharmacy and passionate about using cutting edge science to develop and deliver medicines which make a difference to patients’ lives. You should also have a good academic background and be prepared to apply your knowledge of pharmacy and the patientin a practical way. Applications will be open until Sunday 13th January and you can expect to hear from us mid February. Interviews will be held inMarch at our Macclesfield site. The placements will take place over 10 weeks, from 24th June to 30th August 2013. A salary will be paid. More details here.
- Chemical Engineering Sandwich Student Placement: During a 12-month student placement we will introduce you to live manufacturing plant and the process engineering knowledge required to support its continuing operation and process improvement activities. You may also be involved in the accommodation of new manufacturing processes on site. You are likely to be involved in plant and design based activities utilising new and existing technologies, you may also be required to support process changes or technology evaluation within the laboratory. There will also be opportunities to learn about the wider business and gain an appreciation of the role that process engineering plays in the end to end development of new medicines. Closing date for receipt of applications: 31st January 2013. More details here.
- EDF Trading Summer Internships, London/Paris/Houston: In 2013, we are inviting top-tier students to join us for our Graduate Summer Internship Programme in London, Paris and Houston. If you are selected, you can look forward to a programme tailored to make the most of your talents, as well as a fixed salary.At the end of your internship, you will deliver a presentation on your assigned project to a business panel. Impress here, and you could receive an offer to return to EDF Trading on the completion of your studies.The programme will run for 10 weeks from June to August 2013. Deadline is 25 January 2013. Apply here.
- 733 internships in Germany available through DAAD: RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance. Deadline is January 31 2013. Sign up here.
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