FAQs

Everything you need to know so you can get involved with the In2scienceUK programme right away.

What does the programme include?
What type of placements are available?
When do the placements take place?
Will the placement cost me anything?
Who is eligible?
How do I apply?
When are the workshops and how do I take part?
How do I enter a competition?
Who do I get in contact with if I have further questions?

What does the programme include?

  • A hybrid programme consisting of both online and in-person activities in – spread throughout a 4-week period – which you will gain hands-on experience working with leading scientists, researchers and professionals.
  • Careers, employability and STEM skills workshops throughout the summer to build your skills, knowledge and confidence before taking your next step.
  • Access to our team and In2scienceUK alumni to support you with careers and university admission guidance.
  • Test out your Public Engagement skills through our photo, video and blog competitions.
  • Access to our Alumni Network of over 1,000 current students, researchers & employees at some of the UK’s most famous institutions.

What type of placements are available?

In2scienceUK gives our students the opportunity to get both virtual and hands-on experience within a huge variety of placements at cutting edge STEM industries and world-leading universities. 

The placements and opportunities differ each year and are based on students interest, but past students have taken part in placements working in areas such as; Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, Psychiatry, Engineering, Astronomy, Computer-Aided Design, Fluid Motion Simulation, Rheumatology, Virology, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Construction Engineering, Museology, Neurosciences, Applied Maths & Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, User Interface and User Experience Design, Programming, Experimental Psychology, Martian Geochemistry, Zoology, Computer Sciences, Ecology and many more.

When do the placements take place?

All of our placements take part between the 26th July through 20th August, with an initial mentoring meeting-and-greet in mid July. Events and mentoring sessions will be scheduled at specific times throughout this 4 week period and will not require to take part all day, every day.

Will the placement cost me anything?

No, In2scienceUK provides free summer STEM placements for low-income and disadvantaged students. We offer all of our students a bursary to cover their costs during their time on the placement.

Who is Eligible?

Our core eligibility criteria require that you must:

  • Attend a non-selective and state-maintained school.
  • Be 16 or over and a current year 12 student or equivalent.
  • Must be studying at least one STEM-related A-Level, BTEC or equivalent. e.g. Physics, Geography, Psychology, Maths, Computer Science, Design Technology, Food Science, Biology, Chemistry.
  • Be Available for to take part in the programme over the summer.

In addition, to be selected for interview you must also meet at least one of the following (These may differ depending on region);

  • Recipient of Free School Meals (FSM) in year 11, or at sixth form.
  • Have parents or carers with no higher education degree.
  • Current recipient of EMA or Pupil Premium.
  • Currently, live in a POLAR4 Q1 or Q2 Neighbourhood. Click here to check your area.
  • Live within a one-hour commute of one of our hub cities or towns:
    • Birmingham
    • Bristol
    • Cambridge
    • Canterbury
    • Cardiff
    • Coventry
    • Exeter
    • Lancaster
    • Leeds
    • Liverpool
    • London
    • Lutterworth
    • Manchester
    • Oxford
    • Reading
    • Warick
    • Welwyn Garden City
    • Wolverhampton
  • We are always expanding our programme to new regions so if you would like to apply for any region please feel free to do so, although we cannot guarantee placements in your area.
  • Each student is shortlisted and interviewed before a placement is offered.

How do I Apply?

  • STEP 1: Apply Online
    Complete our online application form, letting us know why you want to take part in the programme and what your future aspirations are. The deadline for all applications is the 9th April 2021 – we encourage students to apply as early as possible.

  • STEP 2: References
    During the application, we will ask you to nominate a teacher to provide a brief reference for your application. We cannot offer a student an interview without this reference, so please remind them as soon as you have finished your application to check their emails.

  • STEP 3: Interviews
    If you have been shortlisted, we will send you an invite to our regional interviews. Interviews will be held from the 17th April to 9th May 2021 via whatsapp or phone call.

  • STEP 4: Matches & Pre-Placement Induction Day
    If you have been successful, congratulations! We will send out all placement matches by 14th May 2021 and you will be invited to a regional pre-placement Induction day between the 5th and 12th July 2021.

When are the workshops and how do I take part?

Our 2021 workshops will go live on the website on the 26th July 2021 and are managed through our online platform.

How do I enter a competition?

Competitions will open throughout the programme running on the during August 2021 and all details of how to submit a competition entry will be available on our website.

Who do I get in contact with if I have further questions?

  • If you have a general question about our placements or an application process please get in contact with [email protected].
  • If you have been offered an interview or a place on our programme and have questions please get in touch with your regional officer.

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