Category: Internships, Volunteering & Work Experience Opportunities

in2scienceUK seeking placement hosts

Calling all PhD students and researchers,

Want to make a difference and support a young person from disadvantaged backgrounds gain an insight into research? Sign up to support us here

in2scienceUK empowers students (year 12s) from low-income backgrounds to achieve their potential and progress to STEM research intensive degrees. We have over 2000 student sign up each year and we are looking for volunteers to get involved and host a student for 1 to 2 weeks during the summer.

How it works:

  • You’ll host a student whom we’ve selected and interviewed for you for one to two weeks at your place of work.
  • You’ll show them your work, introduce them to colleagues and speak to them about your career path.
  • Each student will receive a travel and lunch bursary and pre-placement skills day workshop

In addition:

  • This activity counts as evidence of public engagement.
  • Being enriched personally and professionally: starting to look at things from a fresh point of view, a different perspective and meet a different generation
  • You will have the invaluable opportunity to meet young people, share your experience and make a real difference

in2scienceUK is currently looking for more volunteers. Please consider hosting a student in your group and making a difference to students from low-income backgrounds. Sign up here.

Watch this video or read our latest impact report to learn more about the programme, or contact Elena Di Giorgi, our Volunteer Coordinator, at

You can also read this case study of one of our previous Imperial hosts, Tom Bultrey.

Volunteer at Postgraduate Graduation – Wednesday 8 May 2019

Help make Graduation Day extra special by volunteering your time on Wednesday 8 May 2019.  

Learn new skills, meet new people and be part of a fantastic team at one of Imperial’s most prestigious events. 

  • Flexible times – Volunteer shifts available ranging from two hours to the whole day 
  • Rewarding – Enhance your CV and boost your confidence  
  • Open to everyone – Staff and students are welcome to volunteer at Graduation Day 

As a thank you, all volunteers are entitled to a free ticket to one of the graduation receptions. Volunteers who give more than four hours of their time will also receive a £5 lunch voucher for use on campus. 


Community and Transitions Intern (deadline for applications: 10 April)

Imperial College Union have an exciting 10 week opportunity for a Communities and Transitions Intern to join our Student Development Team! The Intern will help us in our commitment of creating a strong sense of belonging to the Imperial College Community, by applying their academic skills and theory of building a sense of belonging in higher education.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct in-depth research into the postgraduate community at Imperial College.
  • Review the inclusion and community building practices at Imperial College Union.
  • Produce an analytical report with recommendations on building a strong and inclusive community at Imperial College.
  • Assist in the coordination and preparation of Welcome Week.

Essential requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree or Equivalent.
  • Enrolled in a graduate program in student affairs or Higher Education-related field
  • Experience in researching and gathering data.
  • Experience in writing analytical reports.
  • An understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion issues in practice.
  • Strong knowledge of theory and research pertaining to creating community and supporting transitions.
  • Ability to find and present data in a clear and concise fashion for reporting.

Application Info 

Closing Date: 10 April 2019

Merck Innovation Cup 2019 – June 2019

From June 23 – 29, 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will be hosting the Merck Innovation Cup (,

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for graduate students in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany.

All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by us.

The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior Merck managers and researchers and accomplished Merck retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Small Molecule Drug Discovery, Protein Engineering and Screening, Digitalization.

Postdocs and graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan.

At the last day of the Innovation Cup a scientific conference with alumni from previous editions will be organized.

Applications are now possible at: (For U.S. and Canada)

Deadline: January 31st, 2019

We appreciate your help in making this unique opportunity known in your network and look forward to receiving many applications from students of your organization.

Please find enclosed a flyer announcing the event, we are happy to also ship printed hardcopies of posters or flyers to you if requested. Please let me know!

Thank you for your support!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Best regards

Uli Betz

Public and Community Engagement Volunteering

Are you interested in:

  • Helping deliver events which inspire the public with world class research?
  • Welcoming the public to the College and providing a great visitor experience?
  • Getting to know people in a fun and supportive environment?
  • Trying something a bit different from your day to day role or study?
  • Being part of a diverse community of volunteers across the College?
  • Building transferable skills and experience?

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us connect people with science and the Imperial community. We run an exciting programme of events across our campuses throughout the year, aiming to inspire and engage people with the research we do at the College. We couldn’t run these events without some help from our amazing Imperial community.

Please take a look at our upcoming opportunities and sign up to those you are interested in! We really appreciate your help.

More details and sign up

Current Opportunities

We will add to our volunteering opportunities throughout the year, but at the moment we’re recruiting for:

Exhibition Road Day of Design – 23 September

As part of London Design Festival, we’re celebrating design, creativity and engineering at its best.

Event Times: 10.30am – 5pm | Volunteer Shift Times: 10am – 5.30pm | South Kensington Campus

Imperial Lates

Imperial’s monthly public celebrations of science for adults only return this autumn with a new name, new times and five new evenings of discovery

Event times: 6pm – 9pm | Volunteer shift times: 5.15pm – 10pm | South Kensington Campus

Imperial Lates: Greenovate – 18 October

Imperial Lates: Infectious – 15 November

Imperial Lates: Xmaths – 6 December

Imperial Lates: Smart Fashion – 21 February

Imperial Lates: The XX Factor – 7 March

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Take part in Imperial Lates’ 2018/19

The Public Engagement team at Imperial are today announcing the return of the Imperial Lates’ series for the 2018/19 academic year. And we are offering all Imperial students and staff the opportunity to engage the public.

Imperial Lates’ are Imperial’s free evening events in South Kensington where different research themes are brought to life through live demonstrations, creative workshops, interactive experiments and inspiring talks.

Last year’s four events were attended by over 2,500 public and the series represents a major way in which the College shares the wonder of what we do, and ensures our research continues to be carried out for the benefit of society.

So whether you are keen to inspire, gain new perspectives on your research or actively work with the public on future collaborations or new project ideas whilst developing your skills in engagement, Imperial Lates’ are a great for taking your work and out of the lab and in front of brand new audiences.

I feel much more confident in developing and creating hands-on societal engagement activities involving making

A 2017/18 exhibitor

I thought that Fringe was awesome and made a bunch of contacts

A 2017/18  exhibitor

If any Imperial staff, researchers or students would be interesting in taking part, please read through the programme of Imperial Lates’ topics listed below, and the guidance attached on the type of ideas we are interested in, and then fill in our short proposal form available here.

If you would like to discuss your ideas before putting in a proposal, or if you are interesting in taking part in Imperial Lates’ but not sure how to translate your research into an activity that might work well at once of these evening events, please get in touch with our Imperial Lates’ organiser, James Romero. His email address is

Reports and pictures from last year’s events can be found here:

A Space Odyssey

Walking in the Air

Intelligence Redesigned

Invention Dimension

2018/19 Imperial Lates’ Programme – the five events for the 2018/19 academic year are each themed around a particular topic, chosen either because of their ability to attract public audiences, including new audiences to campus as well as a way to build public engagement capacity in key departments and topics around the College


In October 2018, the government launches Green Great Britain Week. As part of this Imperial have been invited to showcase how green technology and sustainable innovation can help address these environmental issues. We want to empower the public to get involved in the conversation around climate change, and inspire creativity around how we are tackling it.


From viruses, bacterial infections and pandemics to the creative approaches to prevent and treat them. We will be exploring our relationship with infection, right from the discovery of Penicillin right up to new challenges around Anti Microbial Resistance. Help us get the public talking about infection and how we can tackle it.


Our ever popular Festive Fringe will this year focus on maths, from the pure pursuit of understanding, to its application in every area of academic investigation and technology innovation. As a festive fringe, we’re hoping to get creative and celebrate the work being carried out across the College.


A closer look at the latest research into wearable technology, clothing design and next generation clothing materials taking place during London Fashion Week.


Inspirational women everywhere are pushing the boundaries higher, further, faster and challenging what it means to be a women in the modern world. Join us not only to celebrate amazing achievements, research and innovations, but be part of the conversation about equality across the sciences and the arts.

N.B If you are keen to take part in one of our public engagement events but the themes below don’t fit with what you might want to exhibit, demonstrate or discuss, don’t worry! There are plenty more events throughout the year, including our Imperial Festival and Lates events with our friends along Exhibition Road -we would still be delighted to hear about your ideas for engaging the public in your research.

Student Trainer recruitment

Could you be a student trainer?

Gain experience of delivering workshops and develop your skills as a trainer by joining our team of Student Trainers for Imperial Plus, Student Activities or Imperial Award.

We are looking for enthusiastic students to deliver training workshops to students throughout 2018/19.

If you’re an excellent communicator, confident public speaker, organised and reliable then we want to hear from you!

Being a student trainer is a great way to gain new skills, and earn some extra cash during your time at Imperial.

More information

Imperial Hub Mentorship Opportunities

Imperial Hub provides opportunities for Imperial students to make a positive difference in their local and global communities. Our vision is of a time where every single Imperial student engages in social and environmental issues during their time here.

PhD students have skills and experiences that could be highly valuable to student-led projects. We are looking for project mentors to help with our Skills for Sustainability programme and to support international development societies. The time spent mentoring a student project is not only hugely enjoyable and rewarding but the teaching experience counts towards the Associate Fellowship and can give your CV an edge when competing for an academic position or becoming chartered.

Project mentors for Skills for Sustainability will supervise the environmental consulting element of the programme. Students receive training to help them deliver a solution to a real-life project brief tackling a sustainability issue in College. We’re looking for technical experts and management gurus to help ensure the consulting project is impactful. International development societies at Imperial include Engineers Without Borders, Raincatcher, El Salvador and e.quinox. These groups are growing year-on-year and are engaging with larger, more complex projects in developing countries. Many now require team members with more experience in technical fields as well as knowledge of other ‘backroom’ functions such as communications and

If you think you have the skills and experience to help mentor a student project, email Pippa Smith on More information is available on our website –

Researchers in Schools – new teacher training programme for post-doctoral researchers

Researchers in Schools (RIS) is launching a bespoke teacher training programme exclusively for post-doctoral researchers that will maximise their subject knowledge and considerable experience of higher education. It is designed to help researchers develop transferable and teaching skills while maintaining an academic profile, with the option to return to university research after two years. I would be grateful if you could make doctoral and post-doctoral researchers aware of this excellent opportunity through any channels available to you by forwarding on the attached poster.

While all post-doctoral researchers can apply to this well-remunerated scheme, we are especially pleased to be offering considerable salary uplift to maths, physics and engineering researchers which will see them paid £40,000 in their first year and rising thereafter. This acknowledges that across all sectors from engineering to tech companies, improving our pipeline of mathematicians, physicists and engineers is vital for future growth.  We also need to address the under-representation of girls and children from low-income backgrounds in these important areas.

RIS is led by two OFSTED-rated ‘outstanding’ teaching schools (Lampton School and George Abbot School) and The Brilliant Club, a charity that recruits, trains and places doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in non-selective state schools.

Further information, including information on how to apply, can be found at