Digitech Work Placements

What is it?

Part of the Data-Driven Enterprise programme, Digitech Work Placements will give University of Edinburgh PhD students and early stage researchers with an interest in exploring data-driven innovation the chance to gain work experience with an industry partner on a paid work placement. Financed by the Scottish Funding Council and DDI, the paid Digitech Work Placements will give the opportunity to develop their employability, research skills as they work to solve real-world industry and business problems, and contribute to society’s recovery following Covid-19.

This project is led by The Data Lab Innovation Centre, in collaboration with the Bayes Education team and in partnership with Edinburgh Innovations. The Data Lab will work closely to ensure that placements are matched to a project that is relevant to their research area and interests.

Why should I apply?

PLEASE NOTE - Applications are closed for this round

A Digitech Work Placement offers a whole range of exciting benefits!

Successful applicants will:

  • Gain insight into, and experience of, working in an entrepreneurial organisation and conducting research in a ‘real-world’ setting to solve business specific problems.
  • Receive an employer reference for successfully completed projects.
  • Access workshops to develop employability skills.
  • Have the opportunity to apply skills and gain experience in a relevant area relevant.
  • Join a project where their work will benefit the organisation and have a wider positive impact on society.
  • Develop skills and gain experience that will benefit both their research and future career.
  • Be paid a wage of £13.25 per hour for a maximum of 70 hours.

Who can apply?

You can apply for a DigiTech Work Placement if you are a University of Edinburgh PhD student or, Early Stage Researcher, with a focus on data and digital technology in a data-related field. You must also have the right to work in the UK

Applications are closed for this round.

What is the timeline?

Projects will be a maximum of 10 days (70 hours) in duration and may be undertaken on a continuous or intermittent basis by mutual agreement between the student and host organisation. Placements must be completed within an 8 week period.

All students applying to the programme will be offered employability skills training including a 1-2-1 CV review, interview skills and imposter training workshops.

Hear from Brian Hills, CEO at The Data Lab

Looking for a student intern?

If you are an organisation who would like to host a student undertaking a placement please get in touch with Cheryl Stewart, Programme Coordinator at The Data Lab, to enquire about the possibility.

Email The Data Lab