Internships and opportunities.

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.

Under 16's.

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.

Year 10 Science Camp

Post-16 students.

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 Foundation

Nuffield Research placements


Research Experience Placements

Earlham Institute offers up to two Research Experience Placements (REP) in the summer. These REPs are of eight (8) weeks duration and offer science undergraduate students the opportunity to experience research within an academic institute. The REPs will take place during the summer vacation months and eligible students will be:

Currently enrolled on a science undergraduate (first) degree within a UK university

In their penultimate year of study i.e. upon completion of the REP you will enter your final year

Expected to obtain a first class or upper second class UK honours degree

During your time with us you will be an employee of the institute and in receipt of National Living Wage. The student and the awarding department are required to submit a brief report on the outcome of the placement to BBSRC on completion of the placement.

REP vacancies and project descriptions are available and advertised here. Applications are currently OPEN and will close on 23 April 2021.

Undergraduate research experience placements

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.

Please visit our Science Division page where you can identify a potential supervisor and a research area of interest. To register your interest please contact Emily Angiolini from our training team.

Sponsored summer placements

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.