Work experience opportunities

The British Antarctic Survey welcomes students who wish to gain both hands-on and virtual experience in a scientific research environment while studying.

We run a number of  schemes for students at various stages of their education:

  • Virtual Work Experience programme (under 18s)
  • EDI internships
  • Undergraduate research experience summer placements (REPs)

Virtual work experience programme

Our 6-day programme, open to UK-based students only, offers an opportunity to learn about the variety of roles contributing to the delivery of world-class scientific research as well as logistic and operational support in the polar regions.

The aim of the programme is to

  • provide students with an opportunity to relate their school studies with scientific research and potential careers
  • increase their understanding of the diversity, inclusion and supportive practice within STEM
  • provide them with opportunities to communicate with a range of polar professionals in order to expand their network.

This experience is an opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and explore what they enjoy doing.


The programme is run in collaboration with the team at Creative Tuition, a not for profit organisation providing free tuition, extracurricular workshops and personal development support to pupils from low-income backgrounds, marginalised and underrepresented communities. The aim of this experience is for students not only to learn about polar research, but to learn more about themselves and the careers they want to have throughout their lives.

Many young people struggle to access traditional in-person work experience, especially those from harder to reach areas or from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Through our Virtual Work Experience programme we remove the twin barriers of cost and geographical location for young people from schools and colleges across the UK and abroad. This enables more young people to engage with us and learn about environmental science, marine engineering, polar operations and logistics.

It also allows us to increase the number of placements they can run to accommodate a more diverse range of young people from everywhere in the world.

Although this is our main work experience scheme for under 18s, we hope that we can still offer some on-site placements outside of this virtual work experience programme. This will depend on the availability of personnel during the summer season. Those requests should be sent separately to

Work experience students explain what they enjoyed the most about being part of the work experience programme at BAS. © Creative Tuition.

Update on 2024 programme

The 2024 virtual work experience programme is now open to applications!

Date: 24th to 31st July 2024

Click on the work experience application link to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is the 24th June 2024

If you wish to find out more about the sessions and the hosts check  last year’s booklet.

For any information please email


Internship opportunities

In 2021 BAS introduced an EDI internship programme to further promote and enhance opportunities within the Polar science community to under-represented groups, especially people from racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ community and people with a disability. This programme ran again in 2023 and was open to everyone but with a focus on widening participation by specifically encouraging those from under-represented groups to apply.

We are currently looking for funding options for further internships for financial year 2024-25. As one of our interns, you will find yourself immersed in an opportunity that will help you develop scientific knowledge as well as valued skills and key experiences which may include: data collection and analysis, project management, report writing and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI).

All internships will be paid at pro rata rates from an annual starting salary of £20,129.

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Keep an eye out on BAS social media channels and our recruitment pages for new internship opportunities.

Undergraduate Research Experience Placements (REPs)

The NERC Research Experience Placements (REPs) scheme aims to encourage students to consider a career in environmental sciences through funding to support paid summer placements for undergraduate students. They also enable DTPs and CDTs to address:

  • thematic skills gaps, for example gaps in quantitative skills
  • demographic and diversity-related challenges, by offering funding for summer placements.

REP awards to support placements in summer 2024 have been allocated to NERC DTPs and CDTs.

Each REP is for up to 10 weeks during the summer vacation and students must be paid at least the national living wage.  For current opportunities, please visit the websites of our DTP and CDT partners – a list of which can be found here

Eligibility of hosting institution

DTPs and CDTs currently recruiting students are eligible to host REPs.

Eligibility of participating undergraduate students

Students are subject to eligibility criteria to be able to apply for NERC REPs and must be:

Please note this guidance should be read in conjunction with the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions and guidance documents.