In the past few weeks, a couple of students have approached me asking if I would be willing to take them on as a summer intern. I scrabbled around to gather some information on the sort of scheme that these students were after.
Here are my summer internship pass-notes:
Typically they offer £180-£200 per week to the student to engage in a research 6-10 week project during their summer holidays.
Whilst students should liaise with their proposed PI during the application process, they are generally expected to write the application.
Students considering internships should be interested in pursuing research as a career after the completion of their degree and should be on course for a solid 2i or 1st class degree.
Closing dates tend for the various schemes tend to be towards the end of February/March.
Here are some links to schemes I am aware of that would be particularly suitable for me as PI, along with some points specific to each:
We arrived in Scotland, as planned, in September and have spent the last month settling in to our new surroundings.
My first few weeks as a lecturer have been hectic. I still don’t have any computer equipment at work, which is making accomplishing anything substantial a tough task. An unexpected complication of my lack of computing facilities was the knock on effect it had on my ability to engage in the bureaucracy and form-filling that I knew would take up much of my time. These tasks are rendered even more complicated without a printer, and resulted in me having to pay the local public library a visit in order to use their facilities.
I am lucky and I have to hope that I am also lucky when it comes to getting grants. Research councils will have their budgets slashed and there will be huge demand for what little funding they can make available. fMRI research certainly isn’t cheap, and if I am going to carry on with it here, as my job title ‘Lecturer in Neuroimaging’ would suggest I should, I am going to have to secure external funding pretty soon.
Tomorrow will be tough in anticipation of the lean years ahead. Nevertheless I certainly won’t be the hardest hit by the cuts, and for that I am thankful.