A selection of organisations that offer work placements is below – note that this is not exhaustive. Many universities also have some money reserved for work-placement students.


CERN summer placement
CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory, offers fully paid (including travel) work placements for undergraduate students in many areas of physics related to CERN's work. The programme also includes a lecture series, workshop and visits to CERN accelerators and experimental sites. Applicants must have completed 3 years of university study and not yet graduated at the time of application.


Engineering firm BuroHappold has placements for school-leavers and undergraduates of eight weeks in the summer or year-long internships that allow students to contribute to one of their current projects. Further information is on the company website.


The Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility has paid placement opportunities of eight to 12 weeks in length for penultimate-year undergraduate students of science subjects, engineering, computing and maths.

Placement students will work on a research or development project. For further information, see the Diamond website.


The government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory offers paid year-long placements to undergraduate students, advertised from October each year, and summer internships of between eight and 12 weeks, advertised from November.

For further information see the DSTL pages on


IT giant IBM offer paid 12-month placements to about 70 students a year, as well as 12-week summer internships, also paid, in which teams of four students (one business, three technical) get to tackle a real business problem and develop a proof-of-concept solution.

For further information see IBM’s website.

Met Office

The UK’s national weather service offers paid three-month summer placements for recent graduates, current undergraduates and those who have just finished A levels, paid 12-month placements for students on degree courses with “a significant numeracy, science or IT element”, and week-long work experience for 14- to 17-year-olds.

Further information is on the Met Office website.


Selex ES, a leader in electronics and IT, offers paid placements in either its business or engineering sides. There are both summer placements and 12-month internships. Further details and current vacancies are available on the Selex website.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council offers work experience placements of one to two weeks to school students in years 10–12, based at the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire or the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire and covering a range of science, engineering and technology areas.

For details see the STFC website.

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust, the charitable foundation dedicated to improving health, has paid summer internships for undergraduates in a variety of areas. Further information is available on the Wellcome website.

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