We are committed to the development of our future scientists and workforce.

Our work experience programme is designed to provide students with an opportunity to be involved with cutting edge agricultural scientific research as well as a variety of office based and support tasks. We hope students will gain a useful insight into the various aspects of our organization and the skills necessary for different careers.

Our Work Experience Programme

Our Work Experience programme is normally aimed at Year 10, 11 and 12 students (age 14-17 years) who complete a week placement with us in the latter part of the school year (Easter - July).

At Rothamsted Research we offer school students work experience at both our sites in Harpenden (Hertfordshire) and North Wyke (Devon).

We can offer a wide range of areas to gain experience in, such as facilities, horticultural and administration areas. Scientific placements are based within specific teams where students will become involved in the work of that team. Activities will include:

  • Overview of Rothamsted Research
  • Tour to scientific facilities and field experiments
  • Health and Safety guidance
  • Insight into the day by day work of a scientist
  • Hands-on experience in laboratories
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Opportunity to meet researchers and to ask questions about their work


We are not currently accepting applications

North Wyke Work Experience

At our North Wyke site we offer a week in July. Students can apply throughout the year, for a limited number of places. For more information, please contact us via the details below.

North Wyke

How to Apply

At our Harpenden site, we are unable to accept ‘ad hoc’ applications for placements throughout the year, any applications received outside of our call periods will not be considered. The call for applications is now open until 5th January 2018. Our placement dates are 8th to 22nd June 2018 and 2nd to 6th July 2018. For a list of our avaliable placements, please see the last page of the application form, which can be found here.


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