Internship Opportunities


Paid internships
Placement periods vary
Impington, Cambridge

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At Intelligent Fingerprinting we pride ourselves on having developed a reputation for strong science and we’re committed to supporting the next generation of scientists by providing our interns with an opportunity to put their academic skills into practice.  Our internship programme is designed to support enthusiastic teenagers, undergraduates and post-graduates in pursuing science-based careers.

As an intern you will benefit from a monthly salary and structured programme of research-based activities – including conducting experiments and testing of the company’s fingerprint-based drug screening technology. These are customised to your available time and incoming skill set. Targeted outputs typically cover improved products, new business processes, patent applications and scientific publications.

During their internships, our students are introduced to all aspects of the Intelligent Fingerprinting business, including the company’s commercial, manufacturing and R&D operations. You will attend team briefs every two weeks. You will be encouraged to question the scientific aspects of your work at the company and you will receive full mentoring and further training support where applicable.

Our business was first funded in late 2009 as a spin-out from the University of East Anglia (UEA), following pioneering research by our founder, Prof David Russell, into the detection of drugs and drug metabolites in fingerprint samples – so we’re always aware of our industry’s responsibility to help support and develop the science community. We provide our interns with interesting and significant work. Experience has shown that the bigger the challenges we set our interns, the more they seem to enjoy it and the further they progress.

Three-month and annual intern placements have been run to date, but other options are available. Successful applicants will be required to pass at least two selection interviews, often including practical tests. During your Intelligent Fingerprinting internship, you will be presented with specific projects to complete – providing you with clearly-defined tasks that complement your university studies. Intelligent Fingerprinting is conscious that, as a student, you must cover your costs, so we pay our interns monthly.

If you are interested in pursuing an internship with Intelligent Fingerprinting at its Cambridge HQ you can either apply through your own university’s careers office or apply directly to Intelligent Fingerprinting at