Apply for a summer placement and increase your experience and employability prospects

SPS students have the chance to apply for a range of summer placements- apply now!

SPS students can apply for a host of summer placements to help increase their employability and industry experience. There are a number of placements on offer – across SPS subjects – and to help you with your placement application, our Head of School, Professor Nigel Mason OBE, will be holding a drop in session where you can ask questions about the schemes and get tips and advice on the application process. This will be taking place  on Thursday 31st January at 1pm in room 110 Ingram. 


Below is a list of currently available placements, but you can find out more about these, and other industrial opportunities on Moodle.

1. National Physics Lab: NPL will provide you with challenging assignments and all the support you’ll need to make the most of the experience.

NPL are committed to inspiring the next generation and enjoy working alongside undergraduates. If you are motivated and eager to learn, and can bring fresh ideas and perspectives, this might be the opportunity for you. You will acquire skills that will help you grow, and in return we get talented people who can make a difference.

They are currently reviewing their summer placements –  to register your interest please email or find out more information on their website.


2. Summer placements at GSK: Summer placements last between 8 and 12 weeks and provide an excellent opportunity to gain insights into life and work in our global healthcare company. 

If you are a motivated undergraduate, expecting a 2:1 or higher who thrives on responsibility GSK could have the summer placement for you. They provide you with challenging assignments – plus all the support you’ll need to make the most of the experience – and at the end of your placement you may even be offered a position on our Graduate Future Leaders programme.

For more information about the range of placements on offer visit GSK’s website.


3. ASTRON/JIVE Summer Student Programme 2019: ASSA students have the opportunity to apply for a place on this exciting summer programme in the Netherlands

Applications are now open for students studying Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics at the University of Kent to apply for an exciting place on the ASTRON/JIVE Summer Student Programme for 2019.

About the Student Programme:
The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) have a limited number of grants for their 2019 Summer Research Programme. Successful applicants have the exciting opportunity to enjoy 10-12 weeks over the summer, at the institute of Dwingeloo in the Netherlands, with the chance to conduct astronomical research under the supervision of staff from ASTRON and JIVE.

For more information about recent summer student programmes, please visit their website here.

Applications for the programme should be sent via the registration form on Please note that two letters of reference are needed; names and contact information of referees should be filled in before you can submit your application. Deadline for applications is 1 February 2019.


4. Summer placements at AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca are currently offering 10 week summer internships in Analytical Chemistry based at their Macclesfield Campus. The placements will take place over 10 weeks, from 24th June to 30th August 2019. A salary will be paid.

For more information please visit their website.

Applications will be open until midnight Sunday 10th February 2019 and you can expect to hear from us end February. Interviews will be held in early March at our Macclesfield site.


5. University of Tokyo research internships

One of our physics students was extremely successful in getting a place on this scheme and had an amazing time.

Learn more about the University of Tokyo Research Internships on their website, and contact Dr E. McCabe or Dr G. Dobre for more details.


6. Teach Physics internships: 

Each year, The Ogden Trust offers Teach Physics internships for university students. These internships provide 4-5 week placements in school science departments, for students to gain an intensive experience of teaching physics and broader school life, as well as developing transferable skills for other careers. Find out more on the Ogden Trust’s website.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 3rd February 2019.