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The In2STEM programme

The University of Leeds is partnering with In2Science to deliver the In2STEM programme.

The 2024 In2STEM programme (formerly In2science summer programme) will offer Year 12 (or S5/S6/college) students the opportunity to participate in both online and in-person activities. These activities help them to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to take the next steps in their STEM journey.

The programme consists of:

  • A practical, hands-on work experience placement hosted by STEM professionals. Placements connect students to experts working at the cutting edge of research and innovation.
  • Online skills, employability and careers workshops throughout the summer, connecting students with like-minded peers and experts, sharing knowledge, and helping students with their next step towards university, apprenticeships and a STEM career.
  • Public engagement competitions with prizes, giving students the opportunity to showcase their creative side and communicate what they have learnt on their work experience placement.

The programme will take place from 22 July 2024 to 23 August 2024 and the 1 to 2 week placements will be held within a commutable distance of where students live within this period. For students living in areas where placements are not currently accessible, the scheme is pleased to be offering In2STEM Online, providing opportunities regardless of where you live.

Before the In2STEM programme begins, students will be invited to an induction event sharing key information about the programme. In early autumn, they’ll attend a fun celebration event, recognising and celebrating everything they have achieved on the programme.

Students will also automatically gain access to the In2Science Alumni Community after completing the programme, joining a network of over 2000 members, and having the opportunity to explore online workshops, monthly newsletters, scholarships opportunities, events and more. Alumni community members can explore the interactive In2careers platform. Here, they can access the huge array of specially designed resources and tailored support.

The In2STEM programme is free to take part in. In2Science will also provide students with a bursary to cover travel and lunch costs during their work placement.

Become an In2science volunteer

Applications to volunteer on the In2STEM programme across the UK are now open!

In2Science is looking for amazing researchers and STEM professionals who can share their insight and expertise with Year 12 and S5/S6 students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, by:

  • Hosting students for one or two week summer work experience placements, as part of the In2STEM in-person programme
  • Supporting groups of two to three students through two online mentoring sessions, as part of a small but growing In2STEM Online programme

Key information:

  • Apply by completing this Application Form by 28 January 2024.
  • Work placements take place for 1 or 2 weeks between 22 July and 23 August 2024, based on your preference and availability
  • You can apply as an individual, co-host with colleagues or as a group (eg, on a department level)
  • In2science support you to plan and host your placement through online training, an extensive host guide, example timetables and activities, and public engagement workshops

For more information, visit the In2STEM website and FAQs, you could also attend an information session. For an informal discussion about volunteering on the programme, please email Neda at

Apply to the 2024 In2STEM Programme

Applications for the free In2STEM programme across the UK are now open!

Students can apply here - the deadline is 22 December 2023.

  • The programme is for 16-19 year old students (Year12/S5/S6/college) from less advantaged backgrounds interested in exploring a career in STEM.
  • It takes place between 22 July and 23 August 2024 and consists of work experience placements, online workshops and competitions, and events.
  • The placements take place over 1 or 2 weeks during the programme period at local STEM workplaces and universities.

For more information, see the In2STEM website, eligibility criteria and FAQs.

For an informal discussion about the programme and supporting the young people you work with to apply, please email the In2STEM team at