Support Our Future Pioneers

Inspire a Young Person into STEM

We are looking for amazing researchers and STEM professionals who can share their insights and expertise with disadvantaged students by hosting them for one or two week work experience placements in the summer.

Summer 2022 saw the return of exciting, in-person work experience placements after two years of an online format in response to Covid-19. In-person placements will continue for 2023.

Benefits of Getting Involved

Aside from the rewards of making a real difference for the young people you support, there are personal merits to be had by volunteering with In2scienceUK.

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Get involved in public engagement

Hosting a student at your workplace provides evidence of public engagement and outreach. In2scienceUK can provide letters of support and endorsement for grant applications, departmental REFs, Athena SWAN applications, Annual Reports and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Develop your mentoring and coaching skills

Learn new skills and develop your communication, mentoring and coaching skills by working with young people to diversify your CV and develop career-enhancing skills.

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Renew your own passion for your work

Many of our previous hosts tell us that by viewing their work from a different perspective, they are able to refresh their view and appreciate the importance and excitement of their profession.

Host students during your working day

Our programme enables you to give back to your local community during your regular working day. You may also get the chance to network with other colleagues who are also supporting students.

Meet our Hosts

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It was refreshing to explain our work to from a different perspective, and very rewarding to see my student quickly picking up experimental techniques. I was reminded of how I decided to pursue my current career around that age, and it is reassuring to know that the future of our profession is in good hands!

JoshuaUCL Institute of Ophthalmology
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I have volunteered as a STEM ambassador for the last 7 years but I found engaging with my In2science placement very fulfilling and rewarding. I think I was able to inspire my student to pursue a career in biomedical sciences and I have learnt that they have achieved conditional offers from London universities.

RinaReta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies

A good look around most university campuses will show a flaring lack of diversity. A big part of this is a lack of belief in these communities that they can be successful, and a great way of changing this culture is to show them what it’s actually like.

JonathonImperial College London

Coming into a company like Abcam and seeing what working life in a lab or other department is like can really build confidence and make careers become realistic and achievable for them. We are very pleased that a former In2science student has joined our Protein Sciences Team.


It was great to remind myself of the luxury of having a job that allows you to stay curious. Showing my work to the next generation of researchers and seeing their excitement made me appreciate this luxury even more.

MaximilianUCL Chemical Engineering
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The In2science initiative showed me how important it is to create a framework to engage young people from disadvantaged groups and to give them help and mentoring beyond academic knowledge.

BernadettUCL Institute of Neurology

Thanks to the programme, I had the opportunity to enthuse someone about developing a scientific career in the UK. All my colleagues now want to be part of the In2science programme! We had fun and we really enjoyed being challenged and questioned. We simply loved watching our mentee grow in confidence!”

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Our Impact

We are an impact led organisation passionate about supporting young people to achieve their potential and pursue a STEM career.

Evaluations show that after the programme students are more likely to:

Feel that anyone can become a scientist or engineer

Know a wide range of STEM careers and pathways

Feel confident to write a high-quality personal statement

Help a young person realise their potential in STEM

Apply to become a host today. The deadline for all applications has been extended to Sunday 16th April 2023.