SEPnet industrial internships

In addition to the wide range of internships opportunities available centrally through the University, Physics and Astronomy students currently have the opportunity to take part in dedicated schemes within the School.

SEPnet summer placements

Exclusive work placements for School of Physics and Astronomy students

Every year, a number of physics and astronomy students chose to undertake specialist industrial placements in companies ranging in size from small startups to large multinationals. In 2016, 21 School of Physics and Astronomy students took advantage of the exclusive work placements organised through SEPnet. 83 placements were made available to students across the nine SEPnet partner universities. These placements are co-ordinated by the School’s own SEPnet placement co-ordinator, who also provides support to students in applying.

Participating companies included 34 small-medium enterprises operating in industries such as technology, energy and defence. In addition, 48 companies operating in industries such as aerospace, engineering and research also offered an internship as part of the scheme.

100% of SEPnet interns said their internship has helped their career prospects (source SEPnet student survey, 2014)


Case study: From SEPnet placement to Graduate Scheme.

2016 graduate Kris Statham had undertaken a SEPnet placement at Ultra Electronics last year. 

He was invited to apply for the company’s graduate scheme, and succeeded in securing a graduate position.


In a survey of students undertaking internships,

100% of SEPnet interns said their internship has helped their career prospects

(source SEPnet student survey, 2014).


Juno Champion

The school holds Juno Champion status, the highest award of this IoP scheme to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.