Kick Start Your STEM Career

Covid-19 Statement

Student health and safety are our top priority, and we are working to make certain that all appropriate measures are in place to ensure that students can take part in our programme and have the most fulfilling and rewarding experience possible. We continue to constantly monitor the advice from government and health officials and will update this page should anything change.

Our Placements

The In2scienceUK programme offers Year 12 students the chance to gain real-world experience, expert insights and practical support to help kickstart your career pathway into an area of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

Our 2021 programme will offer a unique hybrid scheme which will give you the opportunity for both a virtual and in-person STEM experiences – spread throughout a 4-week period in the summer – connecting you to expert scientists, engineers, technologists, and researchers, while taking part in your own research tasks working with cutting edge research and innovation.

You will be able to connect with like-minded students as well as experts from all areas of STEM providing you with the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to take the next step in your journey towards a future career in STEM.

Keep an eye on this page as we will regularly update you with more information about the virtual placement programme, including launch dates.

Programme Benefits

Science Mentoring in Lab

Gain Insight

Gain mentorship and insight from industry and research professionals, helping to guide you through your career options.

Astronomy Placement

Stand Out

Enhance your personal statement, university application and CV, supporting you to achieve your higher education and career goals.

Discovering STEM

Discover STEM

Broaden your horizons! Discover the vast array of research and career opportunities open to you in the STEM sector.

Imaging Skills

Learn New Skills

Learn invaluable STEM and transferable skills, giving you the knowledge and confidence to succeed at school and in your future career.

By securing a place on the In2scienceUK summer programme, you will gain access to:

The In2scienceUK programme will enable you to gain an insight into high-level research and help you to stand out in your university and apprenticeship applications, all with the support of some of the UK’s leading scientists, engineers and researchers.

Online research modules. Produced by top researchers from across the UK, you’ll gain specialist knowledge and skills in topics not covered in school to help you get ahead of the game. Get a taster of life as a university student through live lectures, pre-reading and research tasks and make your UCAS applications really stand out.

Online skills, employability and careers workshops. We are offering you practical support for all aspects of kickstarting your career journey. Through online webinars hosted by experts in various fields, we’ll bring you guidance on areas including: personal statement writing, university admissions, CV writing and interview tips, university finance, STEM careers panels, a day in the life of a student to name just a few.

In person work shadowing and online mentoring. We specially match every student to a mentor whose work and career pathway will be of interest to you. You’ll get the chance to spend a day at their workplace along with up to 2 other students, where you’ll gain an insight on what it’s like to work in the STEM sector. Before meeting in person, you’ll have opportunities to get to know each other online and receive tailored advice for your own needs.

How It Works

After a hugely successful 2020 In2scienceUK Virtual Programme, the 2021 programme aims to continue offering our world class STEM opportunities while still ensuring the safety of participants and volunteers. As the world begins to work its way back to full capacity, our 2021 programme will offer a unique hybrid scheme which will give you the opportunity for both virtual and in-person STEM experience that will connect you to expert scientists, engineers, technologists, and researchers.

Throughout the placement you will get STEM experience, working on real research, clinical work or technical projects with your mentor, which are suited to your passions, interests and future career aspirations.

We place students in a wide variety of placements, across all STEM disciplines with leading universities and companies. From medicine to geochemistry, computer aided design to astronomy, and engineering to psychology, plus many more.

All of our placements take place over the summer during a 4 week period starting from the 26th July and running through the 20th August 2021 and are within commuting distance of where you live. In2scienceUK provides you with a bursary to cover your costs while on the placement.

By taking part, you also gain access to a wealth of careers, employability and STEM skills workshops and sessions throughout the summer.

Find out more about our programme, how to apply and check our eligibility criteria.

Our Student Stories


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

This placement made me realise that a career in science or continuing education into research was what I wanted or would want in the future. A lot of the people working there had different experiences as to how they got to where they are

MariamKing’s College London, Department of Physics

This experience has changed my view on the field of Chemistry by showing me how broad the subject can be! My placement helped me understand better the potential career of becoming a synthetic chemist which I am now interested in pursuing!

DahnQueen Mary, University of London, Department of Chemistry

The experience allowed me to drop my stereotype of what a scientist or engineer actually do what they are. They are not only in the lab or product development but important throughout the whole process. This experience gave me the opportunity to network and see the benefits of a large international company, that I thought would otherwise be impossible for someone like me.

AmirDell Technologies

On this placement, I found that there are many more Chemistry applications to medicine than a lot of people are led to believe. I was given insight into engineering, physics and even learnt some computer programming, which falls under the umbrella of chemistry and contributes to current biomedical solutions.

CherylImperial College, London

Beyond Your Placement

Summer skills workshops at the Science museum


Get involved in a variety of careers, admissions, employability and STEM skills workshops, delivered by industry and admissions experts throughout the summer.

Engineering and Programming Careers


Make the most of the In2scienceUK team and our partners to access invaluable careers advice and support beyond your placement.

Our Student Alumni


Join our network of past participants to support your journey into a STEM career by building valuable lifelong relationships and inspire future STEM pioneers.


Convert your placement experience into a free CREST submission, improving your scientific and technical writing, enhancing your university or apprenticeship application, and helping you to stand out with an academic standard project.

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of In2scienceUK students progress to study a STEM subject at a top University

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Are You In2science?

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