What is the Hydro-JULES intern programme?

We are pleased to announce that the Hydro-JULES intern 2024 programme will be inviting applications from January 2024.

What is the Hydro-Jules Intern Programme?

The Hydro-JULES intern programme offers students from hydrology and environmental science backgrounds the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working at UKCEH alongside a diverse and collaborative team of Hydro-JULES scientists. 

Interns will get experiential learning opportunities in the scientific research sector and a meaningful internship experience that will support their academic, professional, and personal development. 

We offer full time employment posts for a fixed six-week period, located at our Wallingford site. Hybrid working will not be considered. Successful applicants will be paid at the B8 rate plus benefits to include paid holiday pay (3 days), sick pay, pension etc. The dates to be announced shortly but are likely to run from July - August.

NOTE: Accommodation is NOT provided by UKCEH. Successful applicants are responsible for finding and for covering the costs for the duration of the internship. We will be happy to provide any advice as needed.

Who is eligible?

We are looking for candidates who are excellent communicators, numerate and who are passionate about hydrology and climate. Depending on the project, skill sets may differ but applicants must:

  • Be currently in full time education at university (2nd year and upwards undergraduate student, Masters) and returning to university following the placement
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement
  • Studying a relevant degree
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong team player who is comfortable giving and receiving feedback openly

 How do I apply?

The application process will open in January 2024 (date to be announced shortly).  Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • a covering letter explaining briefly their motivation for applying to the programme; and clearly indicates the project(s) for which they wish to be considered for and why
  • a short CV indicating educational and professional experience, and publications (if any)
  • a letter of support from their supervisor, tutor, director of studies or equivalent confirming that they are content for the applicant to undertake the proposed summer internship will be requested

Applicants must also agree to:

  • Provide a one-page report to the Project Manager describing the visit and its accomplishments and a short testimonial within 30 days of completion of the visit;
  • Appear in publicity and promotion materials for UKCEH
  • Agree to produce and present a poster at the Hydro-Jules stakeholder event in autumn 2024.
  • Acknowledge the support of Hydro-JULES funds in any publications or presentations arising from the visit.


Internship Presentations - August 2023

Our two Hydro-JULES interns completed their placements with us on 18 August by presenting their work to members of the Hydro-JULES project team.

Danny Cooper mentored by Brenda D’Acunha and Ross Morrison presented his work on ‘quantifying water productivity and carbon intensity of food and bioenergy production systems' and  Felipe Feleni, mentored by Amulya Chevuturi, Doran Khamis, Gianni Vesuviano, and Matt Fry, presented his work ‘Exploring the drivers of variability in flood events across the UK’ first.'.

Arc Boat

Waterborne: Nick (left) and Doran launch the boat into the river Thames at Wallingford

Watching the river flow: (left to right) Nick, Felipe and Doran monitor data transmitted from the ARC boat.

Watching the river flow: Nick, Felipe and Doran monitor data transmitted from the ARC boat.

HJ Intern Danny Cooper

Quantifying water productivity and carbon intensity of food and bioenergy production systems

HJ Intern - Felipe

I really found it useful seeing the working of the workplace with project hours etc and very much enjoyed seeing how data science and statistics is applied to different fields.
- Daniel Cooper, UEA

The project was interesting and provided an opportunity to chat with people that I knew from my PhD, as well an opportunity to meet another research environment.  Doran and Amula have been great supervisors on all matters, from technical knowledge to help with my integration with the workgroup and workplace. My advisors Gianni and Matt, have also been involved in the project  and have supported me with technical knowledge when needed.
 - Felipe Fileni, U. Newcastle

Congratulations to both Filipe and Danny for all the work they managed to achieve in their short time at UKCEH and for their excellent presentations.

The Hydro-JULES summer internship is an annual programme. Applications will open in January 2024.  For enquiries, please contact us at hydrojules@ceh.ac.uk.