Businesses urged to tap into science and technology young talent

Businesses across all sectors are being urged to benefit from dynamic science and technology students.

Pam PicklesInternships are sought for students studying a range of subjects at Lancaster University – such as chemistry, computing and communications, cyber-security, engineering, environmental science, maths and statistics, physics, and psychology.

The university would particularly welcome interest from businesses that have opportunities for students who could work within their companies on internships during the summer months between July and September next year.

Previous internships have led to tangible benefits to the host businesses.

Mark Woodward, managing director of Clitheroe-based The Printed Cup Company Limited, said: “We have had several Lancaster students do great project work for us over the last few years. Computing and Communications student Josh helped our business by increasing the functionality of our order tracking system, enabling us to offer a better service to our customers.”

Additional examples of successful previous placements include: a ‘psychology of advertising’ student providing recommendations of marketing language to increase the business’ client base; an engineering student working with a major public services contracting company on reducing failure rates of jet hoses; and a computer science student was able to develop a new tool to help promote his host company.

Pam Pickles, student employability manager at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, said: “Student internships are a great cost-effective way for businesses to gain new ideas and insights from young, enthusiastic and self-motivated people.

“These kinds of placements have a strong track-record of delivering solutions for businesses as well as helping to ensure our talented students gain quality additional experience and skills that will be invaluable for when they complete their studies and begin their careers.”

Interns are employed and paid by the university at a cost of £1,150+VAT per month to the business. Some part-funding is available for eligible companies. As well as full-time summer internship the university has a number of opportunities to benefit from our students.

During the last academic year 366 science and technology students took part in collaborations with businesses. More information about the internships is available by visiting www.lancaster.ac.uk/sci-tech/internships/