We are passionate about the exciting research work that takes place at EI and understand the importance of inspiring the next generation of scientists to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become STEMM professionals. We offer a structured programme of internships and opportunities for varying age groups. Please note that we do not arrange individual work experience opportunities outside of the programmes we offer.
Year 10 Science Camp
Delivered in partnership with other institutes on
the Norwich Research Park (NRP) and
administered through the John Innes Centre,
the annual 2 week Year 10 Science Camp
provides an exciting opportunity to experience
life in a scientific lab, doing experiments and
exploring the work of some of the world's best
plant and microbial scientists.
Student applications are made online via
Science Camp and are sifted by a panel of
NRP partner representatives.
Nuffield Research Placements
The Nuffield Research Placement scheme is
open to students in the first year of a post-16
science, technology, engineering and maths
(STEM) course. Taking place over 4-6 weeks,
between the end of July and August, this is a
project focussed placement that will involve
real challenges set by our scientists.
The Nuffield Foundation administer applications
and select candidates according to their
selection criteria. This is an excellent way to
develop skills and confidence in quantitative
and scientific methods.
Students can apply online via Nuffield
International Undergraduate Summer School
The Undergraduate Summer School is a unique
opportunity for undergraduates from all
corners of the world to spend eight weeks at
the Earlham Institute in collaboration with
fellow Norwich Research Park institutes;
The Sainsbury Laboratory and the John Innes
Examples of projects for 2022 students:
- “Assessing the power of SNPs to distinguish
wild and agricultural beet rust pathogens”
- “RNA sequencing and expression analysis to
identify differential genes and pathways
between contrasting conditions in crops”
- “Combatting childhood enteric disease in
Africa and Asia through computational
Sponsored Summer Placements.
A number of schemes exist where grants are
available to provide financial support
for students interested in gaining research
experience. Two examples are the Genetics
society summer studentship award and the
Sainsbury Undergraduate studentship. Such
schemes require an academic sponsor and
we are interested in hearing from enthusiastic
and committed students on how we could
partner to develop an exciting project application.
Year in Industry
Earlham’s Year in Industry programme offers two placements per academic year, and each of these provide different routes for students based on preferred skills development and academic requirements of the student’s university. Eligible students are those enrolled on a UK undergraduate degree course with a year in industry or a degree course offering an optional year out, who are not studying in either their first or final year and from one of the following disciplines: Biological sciences, Natural sciences, Biochemistry, Computer science, Mathematics, Physics.
Student placements run from mid-September to end of August, with project selection taking place mid-October.