What to Expect

As a STOR-i research intern at Lancaster University you can expect to be working with high calibre PhD students and academic staff on exciting and innovative research projects in the area of Statistics and Operational Research. Throughout the internship you will also have the opportunity to meet various members of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Management Science Department in both formal and informal settings. 

Daily Life as a Research Intern

A typical day on the internship, from about 9am to 5pm, will involve independent research working to complete tasks set by your supervisor(s) and on some days meeting with your supervisor(s) to discuss your progress. You will be given guidance and advice about your research by your supervisor(s) but we encourage you to take an active role with your fellow interns, for example, meeting to discuss your research as a group. In this way, you can support each other and develop transferable skills such as communication and team work. Read on to find out more about the research projects. 

Research Projects  

‌STOR-i internships offer a variety of research projects in areas such as modelling and methodology from a broad range of theoretical and application areas.

Previous projects have been based on theory from 

  • Bayesian statistics; 
  • Extreme value theory; 
  • Optimisation; 
  • Queueing systems; 
  • Simulation; 
  • Time series; and 
  • Wavelets; 

and have had applications in a number of areas including

  • Criminology; 
  • The Environment;  
  • Finance; 
  • Health and epidemiology; and 
  • Transport logistics. 

The projects available change from year to year to reflect the dynamic nature of research and to offer new and exciting project topics. Click here to read about previous interns and their research projects. 

Allocation of projects

If you are accepted onto the STOR-i internship programme, you will be provided with a list of sample projects before the internships begin. These projects will be grouped into similar research areas called Project Groups. You will be asked to state a preference for a Project Group plus you will answer other questions related to your background and experiences by completing a Project Allocation form. This will allow us to allocate a specific project based on your background and preferences. Please note, we cannot allocate projects based on requests for a specific project title but we will endeavour to assign a project from your preferred Project Group. 

Additional Training and Events

In addition to working on your independent research project, there are a number of other events and opportunities that will take place throughout the internship, some of which are detailed below:

  • Courses: You will attend short taught courses, including an introduction to computing and presentation skills.
  • Seminars: You will have the opportunity to attend once fortnightly seminars with current Lancaster University research students who will share their research experiences.
  • Coffee mornings: Regular organised coffee sessions will be held to give you an opportunity to meet with staff and students in both Statistics and Operational Research.
  • Introduction talk: Early on in the internship you will give a short talk about yourself, your academic background and details of your assigned research project. This will give you and your fellow interns the opportunity to find out more about each other and about the research projects taking place.
  • Problem-solving day: A full day programme in which you will work together in small teams to investigate an industrial problem and present your findings as a group.
  • Research presentation: Towards the end of the internship you will prepare a short presentation about your research. This will give you the chance to practice your presentation skills and share your research and experiences with your fellow interns and the STOR-i team.
  • Poster: In addition to the research presentation, you will also create an academic poster which will be displayed in the Postgraduate Statistics Centre.
  • Exit interview: At the end of the internships, there will be an exit interview conducted by STOR-i’s director, Professor Jonathan Tawn. In the interview you will be given the chance to discuss your internship and future plans and also to help us to identify ways to improve the internship programme and experience for future interns.