Work Experience 

We offer many ways to get involved in Work Experience at Sanger Institute. We are dedicated to shaping the future of genomics through enriching learning experiences and career development opportunities for young people and educators in partnership with Wellcome Connecting Science. Our commitment to fostering the growth of the next generation of scientists and staff in the genomics field drives everything we do.

Our Mission

Our mission is clear: to offer inspiring and inclusive work experience opportunities that empower young individuals, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to explore the exciting world of genomics. We firmly believe that by opening our doors to students, we not only contribute to their personal growth but also contribute to the advancement of scientific understanding in genomics.

What We Offer

Opportunity Info Dates
Genomic Futures insight days Experience what it’s like to work in cutting-edge genomics with one of our Genomics Futures insight days on the Wellcome Genome Campus. Available on a choice of 2 days to students in Year 10 or Year 11, this opportunity will provide valuable insights into careers in genomics. Be inspired as you tour laboratory and data facilities, complete practical activities and learn from professionals about their work. 28 May 2024 or

29 May 2024

Apply by 17 April 2024.

Genome Academy Gain hands-on experience in the world of genomics with our Genome Academy. Offered to Year 12 students eager to pursue careers in the genomics sector, this three day program provides an immersive learning experience. Through practical activities, workshops, and interactions with professionals, students gain valuable insights into the dynamic field of genomics. 20 – 22 August 2024

Apply by 28 June 2024.

Nuffield Research Placements We proudly support Nuffield Research Placements, hosting two-week experiences for students aged 17. These placements are specially tailored for individuals from low-income backgrounds or those who are the first in their families to attend university. Collaborating with Sanger Institute teams, students engage in short research projects that offer a glimpse into the real-world applications of genomics. Please enquire with Wellcome Connecting Science
Virtual Work Experience Partnering with Wellcome Connecting Science and Springpod, we bring you Virtual Work Experience. Designed for students aged 16 and above, this program allows participants to explore various careers in genomics, science, and data without leaving their homes. From laboratory roles to communication and management positions, students get an in-depth understanding of the diverse career options available at the Sanger Institute. Complete at your own pace, from April


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Why Choose Work Experience at Sanger Institute?

Wellcome Connecting Science

Inclusive Opportunities: We are committed to diversity and inclusivity, striving to provide opportunities for students from all backgrounds to explore genomics.

Hands-On Learning: We offer practical, hands-on experiences that go beyond classroom learning, allowing students to engage with cutting-edge research and technologies.

Expert Guidance: Interact with seasoned professionals and researchers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and guiding students in their career aspirations.

Inspiring Environment: Immerse yourself in the dynamic and collaborative atmosphere of Sanger Institute, where breakthroughs in genomics are a daily occurrence.

Apply Today

Are you ready to embark on a journey of discovery and learning in the field of genomics? Join us in shaping the future of science and technology. Apply for our various work experience opportunities today and take your first step towards a career in genomics.

Note: Our programs have specific eligibility criteria. Please refer to the individual program links for more information on how to apply and whether you qualify for participation.

Enquire now

Please keep an eye on this page as we will have more opportunities coming up in 2024.

For any enquiries or further information, please contact us at We look forward to helping you take your first steps into the world of genomics!

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