As it gets to April, many students start to panic about how to fill their 4 month loonnng summer. But there’s nothing to worry about – there are plenty of opportunities you can access late into the semester and beyond…
Below I’ve listed a few places to find cool opportunities if your a bit stuck about what you can do/where to look!
Employ ED in an SME
The university advertises summer internships this time of year with small and medium enterprises. Although not always relevant for geoscience careers they pay well and depending on your interests are a worthwhile opportunity within Edinburgh! As it is only UoE students applying this also increases your chance of being successful. (You can apply before the 7th April this year on mycareerhub)
This website is dedicated towards supporting women in STEM – more info: https://equatescotland.org.uk/about/what-we-do/ – they offer placements in industry, academia and public bodies across Scotland. Often there are quite a few relevant to geoscience students so it is one to keep an eye on!
This website is a
recent discovery and for people interested in ecology, conservation or wanting
more environmental work this is a great resource! They promote “countryside
careers in the UK and environmental conservation worldwide”. With many
opportunities (both jobs and volunteering) being seasonal or part time.
volunteers giving up their time in exchange for accommodation and food. Sounds
a little weird but there are a wide variety of things you can do including
working in schools, an NGO, animal welfare, farmstays and sustainable projects.
There are opportunities worldwide and it is a great way to immerse yourself in
a new culture whilst not loosing money whilst travelling!
WWOOF – Worldwide opportunities on Organic Farms
The concept of
woofing is similar to above but always based on organic farms!
There are plenty of short and long term volunteering opportunities with the RSPB! I just had a quick look and there are currently 559 opportunities – https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering-fundraising/volunteer/
Bright Green Business
You may have seen
this organisation around campus on career days. They offer paid placements year
round so it is always good to keep an eye out. They are mostly centred around
trying to improve sustainable and environmental practises in business.
similar to Equate Scotland and year round. There is a wide range of STEM
related opportunities so if you are interested in a formal internship in
Scotland this is a great website to check every now and then.
This is only a very short list and there are tonnes of places to look around! Even within Edinburgh there is plenty of summer jobs to keep you busy and having a great time in the city!