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Businesses urged to tap into science and technology talent

Businesses urged to tap into science and technology talent

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Internship opportunities at growth-hungry enterprises are sought for students studying a range of technical subjects at Lancaster University.

Businesses can benefit from fresh ideas and technical skills by accessing a talent pool of more than 4,200 science and technology students with sought-after technical backgrounds in disciplines such as  chemistry, computing and communications, cyber-security, engineering, environmental science, maths and statistics, physics, and psychology.

 

Lancaster University Science and Technology students have a strong record of working with regional businesses on internships focused on bespoke projects that have delivered tangible benefits to the host organisations.

Professionals from the University’s Science and Technology Partnerships and Business Engagement team, as well as academic staff, support the process by arranging mutually-beneficial partnerships between organisations and students through projects and placements - arranging more than 500 a year.

Many Lancaster students gain further employment with their internship hosts with businesses finding the process to be a great way to trial potential new staff.

One company to have benefitted from the Lancaster University internship programme is Chorley based Crowberry Consulting Ltd. The team have worked with Lancaster University for ten years offering quality internship roles, most recently taking on three interns over the summer of 2018.

Becky Toal, Managing Director of Crowberry Consulting Ltd, said: “It massively benefits our business to work with Lancaster University giving quality internship roles to their undergraduates.

“We deploy these highly intelligent interns to our various projects, which involve research, and customer-facing work and development. In 2018 we launched our new ‘Ethical Toolkit’ with the help of the internships. This new product has helped us to win new business. We also relaunched our website with the development support of a marketing internship. I would highly recommend working with the team at Lancaster University who make the process of recruitment easy and pain free for any business looking for extra resource on a wide range of projects.”

Pam Pickles, Student Employability Manager at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, said: “We have a strong track-record of delivering solutions for external partners 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.

“Internships are available all year round and are flexible in duration. Many organisations use internships during the summer months when students can more readily commit their time. Registering interest now ensures the best chance of matching internship to organisational needs.”

Rachel Beauchamp, Student Employability Officer at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, added: “Fully paid internships cost £1,300+VAT per month and this money is paid to the student as a wage.

“We also offer other ways to engage with our students, such as careers fairs, collaborative research projects, year in industry programmes, volunteering programmes and recruitment services.”

Opportunities during the summer months between July and September are particularly welcome, though part-time positions throughout the year are also desired.

More information about the internships including costs and funding support are available by visiting www.lancaster.ac.uk/sci-tech/internships/ or by contacting Pam Pickles and Rachel Beauchamp E: scitech.futures@lancaster.ac.uk T: 01524 510193/510846

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