Gaining experience through internships

Internships provide students with a unique perspective, allowing them to experience a different working environment and helping them to forge important links for their future.

SSCP DTP students have the opportunity to apply for internships during their PhD, usually when they are in their second year. This could be with our partners in the private, NGO, or policy making sectors.

If you would like to host one of our students at your organisation, please contact Anne Houston.

Currently Internships

  • Matt Barker (Cohort 4), Urgentem
  • Sarah Hayes (Cohort 4), EcoHealth Alliance (New York)
  • Chris Wells (Cohort 4), Broadway Initiative
  • Geraint Northwood Smith (Cohort 5), E3g

Former Internships included:-

Stanford University; World Meteorological Organization; Policy Connect; Parliamentary Office for Science; Desolenator; Natural England, UNFCCC; Government Office for Science; Science Media Centre; Google; Assimila; National Informatics Institute, Tokyo, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Royal Botanic Gardens Kew;  Square Mile Coffee Roasters; UK Committee on Climate Change;  Zoologial Society London




"My secondment to AIR-worldwide was a great opportunity for me to understand the application of my research to industry and to learn more about career paths in that industry.  It was very valuable to hear from members of the company's research team about how the insurance industry uses natural hazard models.  I also had the chance to develop my science communication skills by presenting my research to an audience outside of an academic context."

Branwen Snelling, SSCP DTP Cohort4

Square Mile

“The opportunity to work on a project with Square Mile Coffee through the SSCP DTP allowed me to gain real insight into the industry’s perspective on environmental sustainability issues. Working in a small and dynamic company setting, I developed invaluable communication and analytical skills whilst learning about all things coffee related – from farming and roasting to brewing! My experience sparked a new interest in specialty coffee, on both personal and research levels, and contextualised my own food sustainability PhD research. ”
Elysia Lucas, SSCP DTP Cohort5

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 SSCP DTP, 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