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Internship Programme

Each summer a number of six-eight week paid internships are available to Ogden alumni in academic research and in the commercial and voluntary sectors. These placements provide valuable experience and insight into possible careers or study avenues. Some of our research interns have been cited on published academic papers for their contribution and the work of some of our commercial interns has been used to shape business practices beyond the period of their placement.

Overall, it has been a valuable six weeks spent applying knowledge from my degree as well as learning new things that I wouldn’t have got in a teaching environment. I have enjoyed the chance to experience a different working environment and an area of research that I hadn’t experienced before. 
Andrew Bainbridge
2017 Summer Intern

In 2017, internships were available at locations including: Durham University, the Universities of Bristol, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Lancaster, Cambridge and Oxford, STFC Daresbury Lab, Sainsbury’s, Spencer Ogden,  and The Conversation. There is also the option to create your own internship. In 2017, create your internships were funded at locations including: the Universities of Exeter, Leicester, Oxford, Manchester and Bath.

Interns are required to submit a reflective dairy of their experience and, if appropriate, examples of their work to The Ogden Trust on completion of their internship. 

Want to know more about the internships? Read the diaries from some of our 2017 interns.

The internship was a fantastic experience and has given me a clear insight into the world of research. The ’create your own’ programme allowed me to tailor the internship to my particular interests, and to on research that I have a true passion for. My project gave me the chance to do original research which is valuable to my supervisor; she intends to continue what I started. Throughout the project, I was presented with many challenges, which I overcame with a mixture of logical and creative solutions. I have come away from this internship with a vastly larger skill set and an ability to tackle problems with confidence.
Fiona Bairstow
2017 Summer Intern

Luke Buxton was recognised as our outstanding commercial intern; Emma Dodd for research, and Mariam Rashid and Ryan Barouki were jointly awarded the prize for outreach. Luke is pictured left, receiving his award from his supervisor Shami Smith-Sandhu  an Ogden alumnus who also took part in the internship programe when he was a student.

"From day one, Luke demonstrated an extremely positive and determined attitude towards the overall internship and every task that he undertook.  He demonstrated an outstanding ability to pick up new tasks and challenges very quickly, and executed his work to a standard higher than we would have expected from a first-year student, and in some cases better than we would even expect from a qualified engineer."   

This internship has been an incredible experience opening my eyes to what research is really like and even getting my name as a co-author on a paper that is to be published later on in the year. I cannot describe how exciting this was to find out! The experience has definitely led me to decide I want to do a PhD and hopefully go into research as I progress with my studies. I would recommend undertaking an internship to anyone who is unsure and stress not to be put off by fear of not having enough prior knowledge because I have learnt that this worry is irrational and in order to grow as a person we must do the things that scare us.
Emma Dodd
2017 Summer Intern


Applications for the Internship Programme are NOW CLOSED.

All applications are made via the alumni database. All internships are subject to suitability and competitive award. Keep your alumni record up to date and you will receive email notification when the application process opens.