How to organise a summer research placement
There are many opportunities to access projects and funding if you know where to look
Undertaking a placement as part of a research team during the summer holidays can be a great way to get laboratory experience, learn how to critically appraise evidence, and enhance your CV.
You can organise a placement in two ways: apply for a research programme or organise a placement yourself.
Research institutions advertise research programmes on their websites. They offer structured programmes that typically last for 8-10 weeks and include lectures and workshops on how to conduct research, as well as experience in the laboratory (box 1).
Get to know your department and find out what each member of the team contributes to the project. Take opportunities to attend conferences, where you can widen your network of contacts.
Near the end of your project, if it is not already mandatory, aim to write an abstract about your research and consider submitting it to national and international conferences as an oral