PhD Internships

Internships can prove pivotal in defining career steps post PhD and build relationships that lead to future employment. The Faraday Institution works with a wide range of partners to offer three-month internships to PhD researchers based at UK universities who are working on energy storage.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the internship with WAE. It has been the highlight of my PhD, and it would never have happened without the careers event that the Faraday Institution organised or all the work the team have done for the cohort over the years.”

Jacob Dean, Data Scientist at WAE and former Faraday Institution PhD researcher

Jacob Dean at WAE

Aims of the PhD Internship programme:

  • further career development aims
  • increase knowledge, skills and aspirations
  • give clarity about next career steps
  • provide insight of a different setting or work environment
  • strengthen professional networks
  • apply skills in a different context

An internship may enable:

  1. access to equipment or facility that would otherwise not be available
  2. the opportunity to work with an industry partner
  3. collaboration with a different academic group or institution
  4. exploration of a different related area such as supply chain or economic forecasting relating to batteries
  5. experience of policy making

Benefits to the internship provider:

  • work with an experienced PhD researcher with expertise in an aspect of energy storage
  • potential to secure future talent for the business, institution, or organisation

Funding options:

  1. PhD researcher to continue receiving their stipend (with supervisor permission) and therefore only seek reimbursement of any travel and accommodation costs from the internship provider
  2. PhD researcher to apply for an interruption to studies from their university and undertake a paid internship position

Faraday Institution PhD Internship Scheme

Want to find out more? Able to offer internships? Contact Fran Long, Head of Training and Talent Development and complete an internship provider form.

With thanks to our internship providers to date who include:

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