Work experience programme

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases. Expertise from across the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) disciplines is central to the research at the institute.

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 to 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 (for students aged 16-19 years) and non-laboratory settings (for students aged 14-19 years). Research areas may include cell biology, genetics, immunology and bioinformatics, while placements in non-laboratory settings may include IT, equipment maintenance, and public engagement and education.



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


Who can apply?

Students who may be eligible for a placement include those who are:

  • aged between 14 and 19 years
  • 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 'How to apply' for details.


How to apply

All applications for work experience placements are processed by external organisations; the Crick does not accept direct approaches from individuals.

Please follow the links below to these organisations where there is information regarding eligibility, the application process and closing dates.

Social Mobility Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation

Successful applicants will be offered one placement at the Crick, but can apply through more than one of these organisations.

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