PIPS Opportunities

Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS)

The PIPS process is student-led.  That means you are responsible for finding and arranging a placement to suit your individual needs.  You may wish to try out something related to a potential future career, if you know what that might be, or you may wish to try something completely different that you haven’t previously considered.  Bear in mind that host organisations may be able to offer a variety of roles e.g. a large organisation may have roles within their marketing department, as well as potential industry research roles.  It is up to you and the host organisation to negotiate what the best type of placement will be to provide the greatest benefit to them and to yourself.  It is a two-way process.

There are four main ways to find your PIPS:

  1. Advertised PIPS opportunities
  2. Approach previous PIPS host organisations
  3. Ongoing PIPS schemes
  4. Find your own placement

1/ Advertised PIPS opportunities

A wide variety of PIPS opportunities are brought to our attention on an ad-hoc basis throughout the year.  These are circulated to students as they arise.  Please check your email for PIPS opportunities and follow the enclosed application instructions, as these differ for each opportunity.

The most recent advertised opportunities can be found on the right-hand side of each page on this website.

For the full list of advertised PIPS opportunities, CLICK HERE

2/ Approach previous PIPS hosts

You can be inspired by the list below of organisations that have previously hosted PIPS interns.  (This list includes organisations that advertise ad hoc placements throughout the year and those that host placements annually).

Please approach these organisations sensitively as they may or may not be in a position to host another PIPS student.  If in doubt, speak to your local PIPS contact (details at bottom of page).

Host Organisation 

Click the links to go to the organisation’s website

Host Organisation Sector

4D Pharma Research and experimental development on biotechnology
ADAS Information service activities
Antibiotic Action Educational support activities
Antibiotic Research UK Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Aptamer Group Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Aqua Enviro Other (describe in comments)
AS&K Communications Information service activities
AstraZeneca Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Avacta Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Badrilla Research and experimental development on biotechnology
BBSRC Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
Benchmark Vaccine Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis
Brabraham Institute Other professional, scientific and technical activities
Bresmed Information service activities
Center for Infectious Disease Research, USA Human health and social work activities
Company of Biologists Educational support activities
Croda Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Delft University of Technology Educational support activities
Eco Sapien (Leeds) Nature education – YouTube channel
Eli Lily Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Emmaus Bristol Other (describe in comments)
Enza Zaden Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
FERA Other professional, scientific and technical activities
Find-A-PhD Educational support activities
Game & Wildlife Conservation Tust (GWCT) Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
GLG Japan CoreAlpha/Man Group Financial and insurance activities
Green Biologics Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Guys Hospital, London Human health and social work activities
Hayden Faulds PLC Computer programming, consultancy and related activities
Imperial innovations Information service activities
IN Accountancy Financial and insurance activities
Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital Human health and social work activities
International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Columbia Other professional, scientific and technical activities
Janssen UK Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
King Edward secondary school and Sheffield Hallam University Secondary education
Knudra Transgenics, USA (now merged with Nemametrix) Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Lhasa Other professional, scientific and technical activities
Medical Mavericks Educational support activities
MedImmune (taken over by Astrazeneca) Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Medipex Information service activities
Metalinear Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Monash University, Australia Higher education
MP Office (Rachel Reeves) Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences Research and experimental development on biotechnology
National Botanic Garden of Wales Educational support activities
National History Museum, USA Educational support activities
National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA Human health and social work activities
National Railway Museum Educational support activities
National Science Learning Centre Educational support activities
Natural England Evidence Services UK government research
Nestle Manufacture of food products
NYBEP Educational support activities
NZYTech, Lisbon Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Oxford Biomedica Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Oxford Nanopore Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
PBS International Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
Protein Metrics, USA Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Research Complex at Harwell (Diamond/Isis/CLF) Other professional, scientific and technical activities
River Stewardship Company Watercourse management, educational engagement & others
Sense about Science Educational support activities
Sheffield Botanical Gardens Educational support activities
Sheffield Science Gateway Information service activities
Singer Instruments Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Skoltech University, Moscow Higher education
Stockbridge Technology Centre Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
Swift Analytical Ltd Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Syngenta Other professional, scientific and technical activities
The Brilliant Club Educational support activities
The Pirbright Institute Human health and social work activities
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Netherlands Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Tuolumne River Trust USA Other (describe in comments)
TUOS – Festival of the Mind Educational support activities
Twelve Oaks Software Computer programming, consultancy and related activities
University of Leeds (PGR symposium/public engagement) Educational support activities
University of Leeds Blended Learning Educational support activities
University of Leeds Outreach team (Rose Bavage in FBS) Educational support activities
University of Sheffield (Science Communication Team) Educational support activities
University of York St. John Educational support activities
Warwick Ventures Other professional, scientific and technical activities
Waters/Micromass Other professional, scientific and technical activities
World Health Organisation (WHO), Geneva Human health and social work activities
York Council Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
York District Hospital Human health and social work activities
York Museums Trust Educational support activities
Yorkshire Cancer Research Other professional, scientific and technical activities
Yorkshire Museum Educational support activities
Zilico, Manchester Other professional, scientific and technical activities

3/ Organisations offering ongoing PIPS

Some organisations, such as, the BBSRC and Fera, offer ongoing placements.

 

 

 

 

Up to 8 internships are available at the BBSRC throughout the year.  Find out more here: 

BBSRC PIPS


A number of placements will be available on an annual basis at our partner, the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) at Sand Hutton, York.  Each year, details of Fera PIPS will be made available at the Induction and Training Day at Fera in November each year.  In the meantime, if you would like to pursue a placement at Fera then please get in touch with the DTP Co-ordinator, Catherine Liddle email: c.m.liddle@leeds.ac.uk

4/ Find your own placement

You are welcome to find your own PIPS with an organisation that has not previously hosted a placement. You or your supervisor may have industry contacts or you may have contacts through other networks that you can follow up.  Talk to other students who have already been on their PIPS and use LinkedIn for networking.  If you need support in following up these leads or in making an initial contact, please get in touch with the PIPS Contact for your university.

PIPS Contacts: CLICK HERE

Contact your local PIPS contact for all the latest information regarding possible PIPS host organisations and to discuss how to arrange a placement with a host organisation of your choosing.