About the Research Internship Programme

Undergraduate Research Internships were pioneered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the 1960’s and have since become a feature of the American Higher Education Landscape. There is a National Council of Undergraduate Research, and Undergraduate Research conferences are becoming more common across the U.S. In the UK, opportunities for students to work directly with researchers have historically been more limited, and those that were available tended to be from science-based disciplines. The UCLan Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme began in 2008 and aimed to be multi-disciplinary, opening up research opportunities in the Humanities, Health, and Business fields as well as in Science.

The scheme is viewed as a success by staff and students alike, allowing real experience of life as a researcher. The scheme enhances a variety of academic and employability skills, which can lead to some fantastic outputs, including presentations at conferences, journal articles, new research projects and more. To date the scheme has funded over 600 research projects and will support more projects in June and July 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions these internships will be home based, with remote support and training provided by UCLan academic staff.

This year’s internship opportunities can be found here: UURIP opportunities

Lead by: The Graduate Research School

Impact

• Research interns have published journal articles as first and second authors, or have been acknowledged in research papers written by academic staff.
• Research interns have contributed towards research grant applications.
• Research interns have attended conferences both nationally and internationally to present their research.
• Research interns have become postgraduate researchers and in some cases gone on to have interns of their own.
• Research interns consider themselves to have a flying start into their dissertation or final year project.

Collaborators

All schools within UCLan
Further information: To find out more about the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme, please email UURIP@uclan.ac.uk.