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 hosted PIPS interns over the last few years.  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).  

4D Pharma

https://www.4dpharmaplc.com/en

ABPI – Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry

https://www.abpi.org.uk/

Accelerate Associates

https://www.accelerate-associates.co.uk/

Aqua Enviro

https://www.aquaenviro.co.uk/

Astbury Biostructure Laboratory, EM Facility

http://www.astbury.leeds.ac.uk/biostructurelaboratory/

Babraham Institute

https://www.babraham.ac.uk/

BBC Wildlife Magazine

https://www.discoverwildlife.com

BDC – Biorenewals Development Centre

http://www.biorenewables.org/

BMC Biology

https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/

British Antarctic Survey

https://www.bas.ac.uk/

Croda

https://www.croda.com/en-gb/careers/our-locations/europe-and-eemea/united-kingdom

Diagenode

https://www.diagenode.com/en

FindAUniversity Ltd

https://www.findauniversity.com/

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Complex Systems – Soft Matter (ICS-3)

https://www.fz-juelich.de/ics/ics-3/EN/Home/home_node.html

Great North Museum: Hancock

https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/

Hope for the Future

http://www.hftf.org.uk/

Immetacyte Limited

https://www.immetacyte.com/

Jones Day

https://www.jonesday.com/en

Knudra Transgenics

https://www.facebook.com/KnudraTransgenics/

Lasers for Science Facility

https://stfc.ukri.org/about-us/where-we-work/rutherford-appleton-laboratory/research-complex-at-harwell/lasers-for-science-facility/

Lhasa Limited

https://www.lhasalimited.org/#

MetaLinear

http://www.metalinear.co.uk/?doing_wp_cron=1571200738.2360830307006835937500

National Botanic Garden of Wales

https://botanicgarden.wales/

NHS England and NHS Improvement

https://improvement.nhs.uk/

North Yorkshire Education Business Partnership

https://nybep.org.uk

NZYtech

https://www.nzytech.com

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

https://nanoporetech.com/#

Oxford University Innovation

https://innovation.ox.ac.uk/

PlantProbes

http://www.plantprobes.net/index.php

Prime Global

http://primeglobalpeople.com/

Protein Metrics

https://www.proteinmetrics.com/

Random42 Scientific Communication

https://random42.com/

Rocky Mountain Laboratories

https://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/rocky-mountain-laboratories

RSK ADAS Ltd

https://www.adas.uk/

Sense about Science

https://senseaboutscience.org/

Sheffield Research Services (Commercialisation Team)

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/rs/commercialisation

Sheffield Robotics

https://www.sheffieldrobotics.ac.uk/

Singer Instruments

https://www.singerinstruments.com/

STEM Learning

https://www.stem.org.uk

Stratagem IPM

https://www.stratagemipm.co.uk/

Swift Analytical

https://www.swiftanalytical.com/

The Academy of Medical Sciences

https://acmedsci.ac.uk

The Brilliant Club

https://thebrilliantclub.org

The Pirbright Institute

https://www.pirbright.ac.uk/

The Story Collider

https://www.storycollider.org/

The University of Bradford

https://www.bradford.ac.uk/staff/rcjanaway

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire

https://www.wildlifebcn.org/

Thermofisher Scientific

https://www.thermofisher.com/uk/en/home.html

TTP plc

https://www.ttp.com/

Twelve Oaks Software Ltd

https://www.12os.co.uk/

York St John University

https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/

Yorkshire Museum

https://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk/

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.