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 Sophie Smith sophie.smith@imperial.ac.uk.

WMO & SOM

WMO

"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

SOM logo

“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

IEA

“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