The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) offers two types of placements, traditional placements and an Engineering Experience Week.
Before you apply, please ensure that you have thought about how you will travel to the laboratory if you are successful in getting a placement. Details on how to find us can be found here.
We have a small number of travel bursaries available for students. This will be assessed on a number of factors including the postcode of their home/school and will require a recommendation from their teacher. These will only be accessible to students that have received confirmation of a placement.
RAL offers one or two week traditional work experience placements between April and August to over 100 Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students each year, from many local schools and around the country. This is where a student works individually with a supervisor in one of our departments. Longer placements are available for Year 12 and Year 13 students over the summer. As far as possible students are placed depending on their interests indicated on the application form.
Local Year 12 students may also be eligible for a Nuffield Research Placement, although this is always subject to supervisor availability. We are happy to try to find supervisors for Nuffield Placement students but you must apply for a Nuffield Placement in addition to filling out our work experience application form.
Engineering Experience Week
In addition to placements in different departments around the RAL site, we will also be offering an Engineering Experience Week in 2019 for Year 10 and Year 12 students. This will take place from 8 – 12 July 2019. Students will be given the opportunity to work in small teams (4 or 5 students) to get involved in a hands-on engineering project mentored by engineers from RAL. The projects will be small challenges that the teams can address in a week. Projects will cover engineering disciplines done at the laboratory, including Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic and Software engineering.
Project briefs from last year are available. Please note – these projects are just examples and will not be the offered projects for 2019.
How to apply for work experience at RAL
Applications for the 2018/19 work experience programme at RAL are now open. Applications will stay open until 31 December 2018. After this time, we will try to find supervisors for students. All applicants will hear from us by 22 March 2019.
To apply for a traditional placement, please click here.
To apply for the Engineering Experience Week, please click here.
If you are interested in applying for both placements, please complete the traditional placement application form where you will be asked if you want the application to be considered for the Engineering Experience Week as well. Applying for both does not limit your chances of getting a placement at RAL. Please note only students in Year 10 or Year 12 are eligible to apply for the Engineering Experience Week.
For traditional placements, we have a number of departments offering placements at RAL. More information can be found below. If you have any queries about work experience, please do not hesitate to email us.