Work experience

About BGS — Working with us

BGS is committed to promoting awareness of careers in geoscience and developing a diverse talent pipeline of the next generation of geoscientists. As part of this commitment, we are currently restructuring our work experience programme. In particular, we are developing an interactive virtual programme which will allow us to scale our reach and engagement.

We are also partnering with five research centres within the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to offer an additional cross-centre virtual work experience programme. Participating institutions include the:

  • British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
  • National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)
  • National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
  • UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH)

Frequently asked questions

  • A virtual format allows us to be accessible to a wider and more diverse audience by removing restrictions associated with our geographical locations, staff availability and varied school schedules
  • The programme will be designed with a skill-building approach, both interpersonal and scientific, to cater for the educational and career development needs of participating students
  • By participating, students will have the opportunity to:
    • increase their understanding of the roles and disciplines within the geological and environmental sciences
    • interact with a range of professionals through live webinars and personal video diaries
    • have a better appreciation of how to support inclusive research and practices within the geological and environmental sciences
    • contribute their knowledge and talents to resolve ongoing challenge areas such as environmental change and multi-hazards
    • receive communications on future opportunities at BGS and our research partners

The programme will be tailored for those:

  • Who are within Year 8 to Year 13 or equivalent school stages
  • Who are aged between 13 to 18 years old
  • Who have not begun their undergraduate degree

We are re-evaluating our opportunities for in-person work experience to meet our policy requirements and ensure skills are developed in a progressive approach.

On this account, the virtual work experience will currently be the only scheme offered to those under 18 years old.

However, we have recently introduced an in-person summer intern programme that is open to students:

  • 18 years and over
  • Who have finished their A-levels
  • Who have not entered the third year of their undergraduate degree


Information on the 2024 programme will be communicated in late spring.


Additional questions about work experience please contact the BGS EDI team.

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