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Sophia Taha

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Lancaster University urges businesses to tap into science and technology talent

Businesses across all sectors are being urged to benefit from science and technology students.

Internships are sought for students studying a range of subjects at Lancaster University – such as chemistry, computing and communications, cyber-security, engineering, environmental science, maths and statistics, physics, and psychology.

Previous internships have led to tangible benefits to the host businesses.

Examples of successful previous placements include: a ‘psychology of advertising’ student providing recommendations of marketing language to increase the business’ client base; an engineering student working with a major public services contracting company on reducing failure rates of jet hoses; and a computer science student was able to develop a new tool to help promote his host company.

Interns are employed and paid by the university at a cost of £1,150+VAT per month to the business.

Some part-funding is available for eligible companies.

During the last academic year 366 science and technology students took part in collaborations with businesses.

Managing director of Clitheroe-based The Printed Cup Company Limited, Mark Woodward said: “We have had several Lancaster students do great project work for us over the last few years.

“Computing and Communications student Josh helped our business by increasing the functionality of our order tracking system, enabling us to offer a better service to our customers.”

Student employability manager at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, Pam Pickles, said: “Student internships are a great cost-effective way for businesses to gain new ideas and insights from young, enthusiastic and self-motivated people.

“These kinds of placements have a strong track-record of delivering solutions for businesses as well as helping to ensure our talented students gain quality additional experience and skills that will be invaluable for when they complete their studies and begin their careers.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Sophia Taha .

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