Student Placements

Placements and Internships

Placement and internship opportunities for students are available within medical research and are commonly advertised directly on company websites. For inspiration we have compiled a list below of companies who offer placement schemes. Please note this list is not exhaustive. 

Companies offering student placements or internships often establish strong links with Universities in the UK and opt to communicate details of upcoming placements to university students directly, for example Bath and Cardiff Universities.

Applications for full year placements usually open in November and often involve an assessment day typically including a competency interview, technical interview and a group exercise.

If you are interested in undertaking a placement and have any questions, or are an organisation that offers placements and would like to add your details to our website then please contact us.

In 2019, CALC did a series of podcasts talking about the career opportunities available in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industry – you can listen to them here

2022/23 Student Testimonials

Please find below the video testimonials from both placement students and managers of the 2022/23 intake:


Placement managers
Placement students


Additionally, two more students from the 2022/23 intake have shared their experiences below - simply click on their profiles to delve deeper.





Previous Years


Where to apply

Many companies will advertise their placements and internships on job websites or via mailing lists such as ALLSTAT, and some contact universities directly. You can explore a number of specific placement and internship opportunities below.


Type of Placement: Statistics

Length: 13 months

Pre-Requisite: Applicants should be studying for a degree related to mathematics or statistics.  Placements are advertised at universities and on the Abbott careers website  For more information about Abbott Diabetes Care, please visit the website.


Type of Placement: Statistics, Programming, Data Science

Length: 12 months

Amgen offers placements in the Centre for Design and Analysis. Placements are for students who have completed the first two years of their undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Statistics, or a related subject. Placements are advertised via Cogent Skills – visit the website to find out more. 


Type of Placement: Data Science


Length: 12 months

AstraZeneca offers placements for students currently undertaking a numerate degree including Maths, Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science or similar. Applications usually close in October, visit the Research & Development Undergraduate Industrial Placement Programme page on the AZ website and sign-up for job updates at the bottom of that page.


Type of Placement: Statistics


Length: 12 months


Bayer offers a statistics placement at their Reading site for students undertaking an undergraduate degree with a high numerical content (e.g., mathematics, statistics, data science, computer science). The placement is advertised on their website from the beginning of October, and applications usually close at the end of November.


Type of Placement: Statistics, Programming

Length: 12 months

GSK offer placements for both programmers and statisticians. Applicants should be studying for a degree related to Mathematics or Statistics. Visit the Work experience, placements and internships page on their website to find out more.


Type of Placement: Statistics, Programming

Length: 12 months

IQVIA offer one-year placements to BSc students on sandwich courses who have completed two years of their degree. IQVIA usually contact universities within an hour or so of Reading but are open to any applicants. Visit their website for further information. 


Type of Placement: Programming

Length: 12 months

Pre-requisite:  Janssen offer Statistical Programming Placement opportunities within the Statistical Programming & Analysis group based in High Wycombe, UK. Positions are advertised during the autumn semester for placements starting the following summer.

Placements are open to undergraduate students studying Computer Science, Mathematics, Data Science, or another relevant scientific field. Visit their careers website to find out more.


Type of Placement: Data Science

Length: 12 months

Labcorp offers placements for undergraduate students studying Mathematics, Statistics or Computer Science. See the Early Careers page on their website. 


Type of Placement: Statistics, Programming

Length: 12 months

Lilly provides placement opportunities for undergraduates studying Mathematics or Statistics, but this is dependent on who available to manage a student that year. Visit the Lilly website and scroll down to “Our Student Placement Program”. 


Type of Placement: Programming

Length: 12 -14 months

Pre-requisite: Placements offered to undergraduates studying Mathematics, Statistics or Computer Science (other courses with high numerical content considered). Each year the recruitment process starts during September and October for placement years starting the following summer.

Contact or apply directly here and search for Student Placement, Location = Sheffield, England.


Type of Placement: Industrial Placement (Statistics, Programming, Data Science)

Length: 12 months

Pre-requisite: Placement opportunities are available to anyone studying a data oriented subject (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science, Biological Sciences, Technology, Bioengineering, or any other STEM subject). Opportunities are advertised during September and October for placement years starting the following summer. Visit the Roche Careers website and search for Associate Statistical Programmer / Associate Statistician - Industrial Placement.


Type of Placement:Roche also offers an 8-10 weeks Summer internship for PhD students, contact for details.  

Length: 10 weeks

Pre-requisite: Anyone currently studying for a PhD in a data oriented subject (e.g., Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, or any other STEM subject). Applications typically open in November each year. Please contact for details.  


Type of Placement: Statistical Programming Industrial Placement

Length: 13 months (August to August)

Pre-requisite: Placements offered to undergraduates studying Mathematics or Statistics (other courses with high numerical content considered). Opportunities are advertised around September/October for placement years starting the following summer. To be considered for this year, please send your CV to by 22nd October 2023.

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