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PINES Internships

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The Professional Internships for NERC-facing Early career Scientists (PINES) programme provides a chance for early career scientists (ECS's) to enhance their employability by gaining experience working in an area outside their normal research project. 

Destinations for these internships could include policymaking, media, teaching and industry, and will help to widen your experience of the areas of work in which you can apply your ECS skills and training.  Such experience is important both to help you understand the context of your research and to expose you to the range of opportunities available to you for future employment. A tailored programme of support from the Internships Team at UEA will be provided to ensure you maximise your internship experience.

The programme is open to any NERC-facing PhD student or postdoc at one of the EnvEast institutions.  Applicants do not need to be directly funded by NERC, but your research must be related to the natural environment in some way (i.e., NERC-facing.)  The programme is also open to people who have recently (or will soon) finish a PhD or postdoc contract. The internship project will not be directly related to your normal research, in order to give a horizon-broadening experience. 



  • Sign-up to the PINES mailing list by completing this registration form.  We will send you information about the PINES programme, and about finding suitable internships.
  • Take a look at the careers service website at your institution.  Are there any internships being advertised?  There may also be useful advice on topics such as writing non-academic CVs and job applications.
  • Any questions?  Email with 'PINES' in the subject line.


How will early career scientists benefit from taking an internship?

There are lots of reasons for taking an internship. These include:

  • Providing direct experience of working in a professional environment that does not directly relate to your normal research.
  • Making a positive contribution to the work of the host organisation(s) by, for example, managing a non-research project, developing policy, undertaking a discrete research project in industry, enthusing the next generation of researchers, and communicating science to a broader audience.
  • Understanding the wider context of your research.
  • Giving you an opportunity to consider the direction that your career might take in the future, and broadening your horizons of the areas where your training can make a distinctive contribution.
  • Building confidence and making participants more well-rounded individuals.
  • Giving you a chance to see the ‘big picture’ of your research and making you better researchers as a consequence.
  • Making a new network of contacts in industry.

Case studies

Read about some of the experiences that previous interns and their hosts have had:

Umberto Binetti - intern with Benthic Solutions Ltd.

Richard Jones - intern with Weatherquest Ltd.

Ulysse Pasquier - intern with the Marine Knowledge Exchange Network.

Natasha Senior - intern with Futurepump Ltd.