Work experience students being supervised at the lab bench

Work experience

Our work experience programme allows students studying in Camden to experience first-hand the wide range of roles essential to the work of the Crick.



The diagram below illustrates who is eligible to apply for a work experience placement at the Crick.

Flow chart describing the eligibility criteria fro work experience at the Crick.

Please note we will not accept your application if you are not eligible. No exceptions to these criteria can be made.

Our work experience programme highlights the variety of careers available, from world-leading laboratory research to the supporting business services.

Placements might be in research laboratories in areas such as cell biology, genetics, immunology and bioinformatics. Work experience could be also in non-laboratory locations such as the IT, reception services, public engagement and education teams.

During placements, students are involved in a range of activities supervised by an experienced member of staff.

Placement length

Most placements last for one week, although some can be two weeks long or occasionally take place for one day a week over the summer holidays. We're also part of the Nuffield Research Placements scheme, offering a small number of placements that last between four and six weeks in the school summer holidays.

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Placement availability

Placements are available throughout the year. Some coincide with specific weeks that local schools have timetabled for work experience. They are also available during school half term breaks, Easter and summer holidays.

Food and travel expenses

We can contribute to students' travel expenses during the placement (up to a maximum of £50 per week) and food (up to £5 per day to be spent in the Crick’s restaurant).


Placements are available for state school students who are 14-19 years old.

For health and safety reasons, only students aged 16 or older at the start of the placement can apply for research laboratory-based placements. This restriction may also apply to some non-laboratory placements.

We encourage students to apply for as many placements as they're interested in. If a student is offered more than one placement, however, they must select which one to attend. Students are only permitted to attend one placement at the Crick per academic year.