Student Stories

As part of the programme students undertake a 12 week professional internship (PIPS) in an area unrelated to their PhD. iCASE students are also required to spend at least 12 weeks with their industrial CASE partner. The following case studies are an example of the experiences that our students have had whilst on their placement.

  • Freya develops her communication skills with the Life Science Centre in Newcastle.

    Freya Varden | John Innes Centre

    Freya Varden has always been interested in a possible career in science communication so used her PIPS internship to explore this. Freya, a PhD student at the John Innes Centre, spent her 12 week...

  • Sam benefits from three month internship at Intelligent Fingerprinting

    Sam Rowe | University of East Anglia

    Sam Rowe, a chemistry student at UEA, wanted to learn about how research transitions from an academic setting to a commercial business so used his PIPS to explore this.

  • Dominic experiences the medical sector in developing countries

    Dominic Rodrigues | University of East Anglia

    Dominic Rodrigues, a pharmacy student at the University of East Anglia, was hoping to gain an experience outside of his research and work in the medical sector. He used his PIPS to gain an insight...

  • Martin has a fantastic internship experience with the SAW Trust

    Martin Schafer | John Innes Centre

    Martin Schafer hoped to gain an insight into outreach activities and experience working with children in schools so he used his 12 week PIPS placement with the Science, Art and Writing (SAW) Trust...

  • Mabon Elis teams up with Sense About Science for a successful internship

    Mabon Elis | John Innes Centre

    When Mabon Elis was planning his internship, he knew that he wanted to gain experience within the charity sector alongside improving his communication skills. When he found a placement with Sense...

  • Internship with leading chemical company proves to be a great opportunity for Jan

    Jan Bettgenhaeuser | The Sainsbury Laboratory

    Jan Bettgenhaeuser wanted to experience working in industry and to get the opportunity to understand the workings of a commercial lab. His PIPS placement provided the ideal chance to do this. Jan,...