Internships

All current LEC students and recent graduates can apply for relevant paid work experience through the Faculty of Science and Technology Internship Programme.

Work around your studies

The programme provides full-time, 2-3 month paid summer internship opportunities for science and technology students from July to September, advertised and recruited April - May. Part-time internships are available all year round at varying lengths to fit around your studies.

Students can receive up to £1,000 per month for full-time work. Part-time work is paid pro-rata.

Location and travel

Internships usually take place with a host organisation and you'll work from their premises for the entirety of the internship. The majority of businesses will be located in the North West of England, but opportunities outside this area are sometimes available.

Gain experience and skills

Relevant work experience while you are at university is crucial to achieving a good graduate job.

An internship will help you develop transferable skills such as:

  • Team working
  • Time management
  • Leadership
  • Networking
  • Commercial awareness

Benefits

  • Choose from a wide spectrum of science and technology roles
  • Test potential career options
  • Gain further employment - many employers use internships to test a new role and frequently offer graduate roles to interns

Student feedback

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Environment Agency on my dissertation and I would like to thank all those involved in giving me such a fantastic opportunity and assisting me with its delivery."

"I have gained extremely valuable insight into how we manage our water resources and the current challenges that the Environment Agency is facing in meeting the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive.  This has helped me in my modules on water resources management and fuelled my ambition to work in this area after I graduate."

"I have learned many new skills and gained confidence in communicating with those who work with water quality on a day-to-day basis.  It has been a challenging experience too, with a number of difficulties relating to data availability and coming up with a project/product that would meet the EA's and the academic aims.  I worked hard to produce a product and report that I hope will be of use or provide the platform for developing similar tools/catchment management strategies in future.  I look forward to working with the Environment Agency and other similar organisations/companies again."

Rob Brooks, BSc Physical Geography, who completed his internship with The Environment Agency.

Find out more about Rob's internship and how other students benefited in our case studies section.

Get involved

1. Register on the Science and technology Internship Programme website
2. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for vacancy updates
3. Apply for vacancies using the online CV template

Expert support

Student Employability Manager Pam Pickles liaises with students and businesses, and manages the internships programme, making sure each student is supported throughout the whole process.

If you have any questions or want to talk about your career planning and aspirations and how internships can help kick-start your career, please contact Pam on +44 (0)1524 510 193 or by email to p.pickles@lancaster.ac.uk.