Introducing In2STEM

In2STEM (formerly the In2science summer programme) is a fantastic opportunity for 16-19-year-olds (Year 12 or S5/S6) passionate about STEM. Running from July 22 to August 23 2024, the programme offers a blend of online and in-person activities, equipping participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to excel in STEM.

Our placements are located within commutable distance, ensuring all students can easily participate. In2STEM is entirely free to join, and we provide a bursary to cover travel and lunch expenses during placements!

Before the programme kicks off, students are invited to an informative induction event. Following a summer of personal and academic growth, we host a celebration event after the programme to honour and acknowledge your accomplishments.

Exploring In2STEM: What’s included?

In-person work experience placements

Online skills, employability and careers workshops

Public engagement competitions

Navigating Your STEM Future

In2STEM provides valuable insights from industry and research professionals, skill-building opportunities and a pathway to a wide range of STEM careers. It’s your chance to make informed choices, boost your academic profile and prepare for a successful future in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In2STEM Online

For students living in areas where placements are not currently accessible, we are pleased to be offering In2STEM Online, providing opportunities regardless of where you live. Over the summer you will have the chance to take part in a wide range of exciting activities including: learning about cutting edge research, participating in university, careers and employability workshops, and accessing expert advice and insights from mentors on how to succeed in your field.

To be considered for In2STEM Online, please ensure you tick the online opportunities box included in the Application Form for In2STEM.

Join us on this exciting STEM journey and unlock your potential with In2STEM!

Hear from our students

Discover our past participants’ incredible journeys and real-life experiences as they share their time on our programme.

IN2STEM programme timeline

October 2023

Applications Open

January 2024

Applications Close (Deadline Extended! New deadline is Sunday 3 March 2024)

February – May 2024

Applications are carefully reviewed, and successful applicants are then paired with Volunteer Hosts


Participants informed if their application has been successful

June – July

In-person and online programme induction events

July – August

The IN2STEM Programme is currently in progress, spanning from July 22 to August 23. Throughout this period, you will complete your 1-2 week professional placement, alongside participating in online workshops and public engagement competitions.


End of programme Celebration event (late August). Your Invitation to Join the In2careers Programme 


Convert your STEM placement experience into a CREST Award submission, allowing you to enhance your university or apprenticeship application.

Our student stories

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During the programme, we have spent a lot of time in both teaching and PhD labs. This was exciting because I had never been to a lab before; it was also beneficial as it helped us become accustomed to the types of places where we would work and study at university.

SameerUniversity of Birmingham, Department of Engineering
Ben Wilfred Summer Prog. Uni of Leeds3

It is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life! It is the most productive, yet fun experience I’ve had. It is different every day, and we get to experiment and gain practical experience. Many university students may have really good theory and knowledge, but I will have great practical experience that is already proving to be very useful.

BenUniversity of Leeds, School of Chemistry
Alima Begum - Royal Veterinary College 4

I am gaining a better insight into what it’s like to be in a lab setting. I like the practical side of my placement. Working with professional scientists and seeing how they work together has been very rewarding.

AlimaRoyal Veterinary College
Dhivya Murali - Student - St Barts Hospital - GSK

It’s such a great opportunity, and they also give you a lot of support with workshops. It’s not just placements, and they always follow up and help. On my placement I got to see consultants interacting with patients first-hand. Seeing the importance of communication and explaining to patients every step so they know what’s happening.

DhivyaSt Barts Hospital London

It’s given me many more ideas about what I could do, things that I didn’t think were available to me.  All I could base my ideas on before was what was taught in school, but now I have real-life experience.

LauraOxford Centre for Human Brain Activity, University of Oxford

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