2024 Programme

Make a difference and inspire the pioneers of the future

In 2024 we’re looking to work with 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 during the summer.

Work placements typically involve a mixture of hands-on and hands-off activities to fit around our volunteers’ work schedule. Hands-on activities can include undertaking experiments, mock interviews, scenario tasks and data analysis. Hands-off activities can involve attending team meetings, interviews with other colleagues and setting research or presentation tasks for the students. The In2STEM team will provide support and resources to help plan placement activities.

To find out more, join one of our Volunteer Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday 7th November – 8am-9am
  • Wednesday 15th November – 3pm-4pm
  • Thursday 23rd November – 12pm-1pm
  • Tuesday 5th December – 10am-11am
  • Tuesday 16th January – 5pm-6pm
  • Wednesday 24th January – 12pm-1pm

Each session will be 45 minutes long, including  a 30 minute presentation and  15 minute Q&A. These are free to attend and open to all. Registration is now open!

Host students in summer 2024

It’s easy

Our experienced and friendly staff will provide you with all the training and guidance you need to become a fantastic host with us, and also boost your CV! The summer work placements will take place in July or August, according to your availability.

It’s safe

We shortlist disadvantaged students before matching them to you based on their interests, location and availability.

It will make a difference

Through just a small time commitment to share your knowledge and experience, these young people can gain the knowledge and confidence needed to pursue a career in STEM.

The Programme in 2024

The 2024 In2STEM programme (formerly In2science summer programme) will connect disadvantaged Year 12 (S5/S6 in Scotland) students to STEM professionals from different fields. Our programme takes place in the summer holidays between Year 12 and Year 13 (or after S5/S6 in Scotland), a time when young people are finalising their decisions about universities or apprenticeships. Our students will gain access to exciting in-person and online opportunities including work experience placements, skills and careers workshops, and events.

The In2STEM programme team will work closely with hosts to develop and deliver an engaging placement, enabling students of all abilities to explore STEM beyond the classroom, develop key skills and boost their applications for further education. 

Throughout the summer we will also be running public engagement competitions, giving In2STEM students the chance to develop their skills in written and visual communication, have fun and win prizes!

To round off the programme, we will host in-person and online celebration events in recognition of the hard work and dedication from students and volunteers. Attendees from across the In2STEM community will have the opportunity to network and socialise, sharing experiences of the programme and learning more about the Alumni Community and our In2research programme. There are also inspirational talks from students, hosts, alumni and staff.

Host Eligibility and Selection

We are looking for host applications from people with an interest in outreach and a passion for addressing the inequalities that exist within the STEM sector. Whether you’re an academic, PhD student, technician or other STEM professional, we want you to apply for our programme and share your experiences with underrepresented students and help to ensure they reach their full potential!

Where your place of work is located will affect your eligibility to host with us. For information about our current regions, as well as our selection process for hosts, please see our FAQs.

“A big thank you to in2science for allowing Mott MacDonald to take part in the summer work experience scheme. The participants have all been an absolute pleasure. This is something we would not only consider again but we would actively encourage other organisations to get involved with.”

Suzanna Fairbairns – 2023 Volunteer
Mott MacDonald

Be a role model

Apply to become a host for our 2024 programme. The deadline for all applications is 28th January 2024.