Work experience students

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.

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Meet our work experience students

Sixth form students Tarik and Malina took part in work experience placements discovering DNA sequencing and science communication.

Hear how they got on

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 one of our staff.

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Available placements

Placement details

Placement length

Most placements last for one week, although some can be up to four weeks long or occasionally take place for one day a week over the summer holidays. If selected for work experience, you will be expected to attend all days of the placement.

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).

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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. However, if a student is offered more than one placement, they may only attend one placement at the Crick per academic year.

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Will you be 14-19 at the start of the placement?
Do you live in the London Borough of Camden?
Do you attend a state school in Camden?
Are you currently home-schooled or attending a state school?
What type of placement are you applying for?

✓ You are eligible for work experience at the Crick.

Available placements are listed above.

Placements at the Crick are either lab-based or not lab-based. Please be aware that you must be 16-19 at the start of the placement to be able to apply for a lab-based placement.

Note that to apply for a lab placement at the Crick you must be 16-19.

✕ Unfortunately you're not eligible for a work experience placement at the Francis Crick Institute.

However, given your interest, you may like to check out the opportunities below:

  1. The Nuffield Foundation's placements 
  2. Summer schools at Imperial College
  3. Social Mobility Foundation's placements