The Summer vacation is a great time to get some work experience that will look good on your CV, as well as some money in your pocket. Below you'll find information about schemes that will allow you to undertake laboratory research during your summer vacation. These schemes are primarily aimed at students after their second year.
The Department of Biology currently operates a scheme where postdoctoral researchers can apply for funding to create a Summer Studentship. In addition, academic staff can often apply on behalf of a student for a Summer bursary (PDF , 40kb)
Talk to members of academic staff working in areas that sound interesting to you to find out if they are planning on taking on a summer student. You can check the lists of academic staff under subject areas here:
Lists a range of Summer research internships in the area of infectious disease
The Cancer Research UK London Research Institute has an international reputation for outstanding research into the basic biology of cancer and is committed to training the next generation of research scientists.
Our Summer Student Scheme is aimed at high calibre, motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate students who are contemplating a career in research. If you are considering doing a PhD after your undergraduate degree, then being a summer student is a great way to find out what 'working at the bench' is like and to gain some practical experience.
Successful applicants will get the chance to develop their practical skills working alongside world-class scientists in well-resourced laboratories at Clare Hall (just north of London in South Mimms) or Lincoln's Inn Fields (central London).
LRI summer students are paid £200 per week for 10 or 12 weeks.
Undergraduate placements are available to first degree level students (including medical and veterinary students) who are seeking research/work experience, usually during the summer break.
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 and, where possible, we will seek to match students with their area of interest. These placements are limited in number and we cannot accommodate all requests. Applicants will be shortlisted to attend an interview based upon the merit of their application. You can find out more about the work of the Institute by visiting our research or scientific resources pages.
These short-term Placements are open to EU students or non-EU students who are studying at a UK university or who have the right to work in the UK.
We will pay you a salary of £11,755 per annum pro rata which equates to approximately £979 per month. This is subject to UK standard tax and National Insurance deductions. However, if you have not had any other earnings in the tax year you are unlikely to pay income tax.
Applications are invited from 22 November until 28 February each year and should be made using our on-line recruitment facility. To apply, visit Current jobs and look for Undergraduate Placement.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview during April and early May.
If you are shortlisted for interview, you will need to provide a letter of recommendation from your Course Tutor.
More Summer placement opportunities (PDF , 16kb) can be found here.