Many students express the desire to work in a laboratory. Finding vacancies can be a challenge as there is no single source for you to consult.
There are also a diverse range of job titles which do not necessarily convey what you will be doing. Only on further investigation will you see if the vacancy is right for you.
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Start at the end of your first year and throughout the autumn term of your second year.
Many opportunities are advertised from the late summer onwards and depending on the organisation may close their offer at any time.
When applying a good application, CV and covering letter will be vital.
Don't be frightened to contact organisations speculatively, as internships are not always advertised.
Do think carefully what to include in your letter. It's important to include: why you are contacting them, what you can offer and what you can bring to the organisation.
Inevitably some opportunities might involve volunteering and will not be paid. These positions tend to be located within the area of conservation and the environment. The value for you might be the experience rather than the money.
Consider joining a learned society.
Learned societies are academic ‘clubs’ which specialise in a particular discipline, with a membership made up of people who share an interest in that subject. Members can include academics, university researchers, people working in industry, postgraduate and undergraduate students, teachers and even school students and members of the public.
Learned societies - find out more and a list of examples
Cogent - vacancies across all disciplines
Advice on completing application forms
Developing your CV
Writing a good covering letter
ABPI - pharmaceutical companies
Association of Medical Research Charities - list of charities
Biopharmguy - biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies
Biodirecta - database of European biotech companies
Contract Research Map - companies listed by country
Labhoo - international database of lifescience companies and organisations
UK Bioindustry membership directory
Acknowledgement: The University of Kent Careers and Employability Service was the original source for the following list.
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