The Francis Crick Institute work experience programme

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the scientific mechanisms of living things. Expertise from across the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) disciplines is central to the research at the institute, helping us to understand why disease develops and to find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses.

The work experience programme allows students to experience first-hand the wide range of STEM related disciplines essential to the work the institute does. The programme also highlights the variety of careers available, from world-leading laboratory research to the supporting business services.


Placement overview

Work experience placements are between one and six weeks long. During the placement students will be involved in a range of activities supervised by an experienced member of staff. Given the wide range of expertise at the institute, placements will be available in research laboratories and non-laboratory settings. Research areas may include cell biology, genetics, immunology and bioinformatics, while placements in non-laboratory settings may include IT, equipment maintenance, public engagement and education.


Students on placement at the Crick are eligible for a contribution to travel expenses (up to a maximum of £50 per week) and food (up to £5 per day) for the duration of their placement.

Who can apply?

Only students who fulfil both of the following criteria are eligible to apply for a placement:

  • Those aged between 14 and 19 years in secondary education

  • Those living, or studying at a state school, in Camden

Note that additional criteria will apply relating to the age, background and qualifications of the applicant. Please see the following section 'Available placements' for details.


Available placements

The type of work experience you are able to apply for depends on your age:

  • For reasons of health and safety, only students who are aged 16-19 years at the start of the placement may apply for work experience in the research laboratories.
  • For students aged 14-19 years at the start of the placement, work experience is available in non-laboratory areas of the Crick such as IT, Hospitality, Public Engagement, Education, and Science Administration.

Note that if you are 16 years or older at the start of the placement, you may apply for work experience in either category.

Please follow the links below to placements available depending on your age at the start of the placement:

14-19 years old

16-19 years old

  • The work experience programme allows students to explore the range of STEM careers needed at a biomedical research institute like the Crick