Our nine-week summer student programme provides bright, ambitious undergraduates considering a future in biomedical research with hands-on experience of what it's like to work in a research lab.
You will be paired with a postdoctoral supervisor, who will train and supervise you as you participate in institute life over the summer.
You'll benefit from a supportive and stimulating research environment, and scientific and transferable skills training. The types of techniques that you learn will depend on the project and could include molecular biology, cell biology, biochemical, biophysical and computational biology techniques.
The programme starts with an induction to introduce you to the Crick, working in its labs, and to each other. During the summer, you will work on your projects and have the opportunity to participate in various student activities including attending a workshop on finding a PhD position.
You will also receive training in scientific presentation skills prior to presenting your work at the Crick-Calleva Summer Student Symposium - a programme highlight at the end of the summer!
What we offer
Successful applicants are provided with:
- a place on the Crick-Calleva summer student programme;
- a 9-week full-time (36 hours per week) contract of employment as a Summer Placement Laboratory Research Assistant;
- a salary that meets the London Living Wage to cover living and travel costs during the placement.
- have the legal right to work in the UK.
- be registered at a UK university, and studying in the UK for an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline;
- not be in their final year of study at the time of applying (for further details see below);
Further eligibility information
- Students studying for degrees at universities outside the UK are not eligible for the programme.
- Students studying on a postgraduate Masters degree are not eligible for the programme.
- Students who have applied for a place on the Crick Sandwich Student programme may apply for the Crick-Calleva summer student programme. However, they will not receive an offer for both programmes.
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Vicky Alexiou, Immune Receptor Activation Laboratory
I was interested in taking up a lab experience in biomedical research so Crick felt like the perfect place.
As I working on a wet lab project, I got a lot of hands-on experience on advanced techniques such as tissue culture, CRISPR and flow cytometry that wouldn't be available as part of undergraduate labs. It's a great feeling when you slowly gain independence in the lab and start feeling like you are part of a team.
I had a little bit of previous lab research experience, but this summer at the Crick has been the most rewarding summer internship I've done, both in terms of the knowledge and skills I've learnt, and the people I've met.
There was a real opportunity to use the knowledge I had to the contribute towards the discovery of something new - like a real scientist.