Working in a different environment through secondments

Through the SSCP DTP, students have the opportunity to apply for secondments. This could be an opportunity to work with any of our partners, or another interested party, which could include industry, government departments, and policy makers.

Secondments provide students with a unique perspective by allowing them to experience a different working environment and help them to forge important links for their future.

Previous secondments have included:

  • Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) - POST  is Parliament's in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. Previous students have had the opportunity to produce short briefing papers (called POST notes) which are specifically targeted to parliamentary policy makers so they can make informed decisions regarding key science and technology in current affairs.
  • Skidmore, Owings and Merrill:  SOM are a world-leading firm of architects, structural engineers and urban planners; they have designed buildings such as the Burj Khalifa and the Broadgate Tower. Students have performed research projects looking at long-term, planning in the Thames Basin, identifying the assets that the basin has, the issues that it faces and so the Basin’s challenges and opportunities. Read about Peter Blair's internship at SOM on our blog.



"Undertaking an internship at a specialized agency of the United Nations like the World Meteorological Organization was a great and rewarding opportunity. It allowed me to see the role science plays in international development. It’s also an invaluable chance to meet people from across the world to be exposed to diverse career paths."
Stéphane Mangeon, Grantham PhD

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“The most valuable aspect of the secondment for me was getting an idea of what is useful in a commercial context; for example, I was encouraged to distil research findings down to 5 words when presenting them. The secondment also gave me a chance to invest time in learning skills that I may otherwise not have developed.”
Peter Blair, Cohort 1

IEA & Standford


“My secondment provided me time out of my core studies to develop analysis skills that were useful for my PhD and my future career. I was also able to convert my work there into academic opportunities, turning the analysis I did into conference and journal publications. I forged lasting relationships, both professional and personal, at the most influential energy research organisation in the world.”
Jonathan Bosch, Cohort 1

Stanford University

"Thanks to the Grantham Institute, as part of my PhD, I am spending 6 months on a Secondment at Stanford University, in the beautiful and sunny California. Going from one world-renowned institution to another is a true privilege and has been an excellent opportunity for me to meet new and bright people, working with experts in the field of Carbon Capture and Storage and, as a result, developing novel ideas for innovative research."
Clea Kolster, Cohort 2