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We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

The Young Forensic Scientist Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Forensic Science in London

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Forensic Scientist Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Forensic Science in London

Overview

Registration for this programme is now closed. Dates for our 2025 Summer Experiences will be released shortly. Sign up to our mailing list to gain access to early-bird promotions!

Join us for the ultimate work experience for aspiring forensic scientists in London this summer, for students aged 15-18.

Over the course of two weeks, students will get to step into the shoes of a forensic scientist working in London, through a range of immersive career simulations and exclusive professional site visits. Capture evidence at a simulated crime scene, perform fingerprint and blood spatter analysis and extract DNA in a state-of-the-art laboratory.

Students enrolled on our programme will work with professionals in the field, building networks that will support them in their future career. They'll also enjoy time on-campus at one of the world's most respected universities – University College London. InvestIN's summer experience is a unique opportunity for any budding forensic scientists, and will impress universities as they apply for places on relevant courses in the ensuing years.

Register now for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful forensic scientist, or contact us to find out more.  

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Immersive Forensic Experiences:
  • Sketch, package and recover key pieces of evidence at a simulated crime scene
  • Work with specialists to perform fingerprint and blood spatter analysis to catch your criminal
  • Write and deliver an expert witness testimony live in court and receive feedback from the professionals
  • Extract and examine DNA in a state-of-the-art laboratory
  • Work alongside cybersecurity experts to unlock secrets from the dark web
  • Attend a private networking event with first responders, toxicologists, fire investigators and forensic scientists who work daily to solve high-profile crimes
Meet Senior Forensic Scientists:
  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with forensic scientists from world-renowned firms specialising in blood spatter and fingerprint analysis, first response, toxicology and anthropology
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career
Career Coaching:
  • Receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in forensic science
  • Advice on subject choices, university selection, work experience, extra-curricular activities and more
  • Personalised industry reference letter from forensic scientists confirming what you have achieved on the programme
World-Class Universities And World-Class People:
  • Experience one of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL).
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the unique work experience in forensic science, creating an invaluable global network. 
Design Your Own Summer Experience:

⦁    Choose from one of the following options:

1.    First Week Only (taster experience); or
2.    Two-Week Experience (the full programme); or
3.    Two-Week Premium Experience (the ultimate package with both weeks plus enhanced benefits)

Accommodation
You can choose either residential or non-residential. The accommodation is at UCL student halls in central London. We provide residential students with meals, guardianship and fun activities on evenings and weekends. Airport transfers are also available at checkout.

Coming from abroad?
  • To date, we have welcomed students onto InvestIN programmes from over 100 different countries. They often say that a huge motivation is to meet and befriend students from around the world, whilst taking their English language skills to the next level. 
  • Attending a summer programme is a fantastic way to experience London, one of the world’s most renowned capital cities for academic excellence, global commerce and vibrant culture. You can also select our residential package to truly experience life on-campus at a top UK university (UCL), by living in private ensuite rooms at university halls of residence. We can offer everything you need – from airport transfers to meals and a fantastic evening social programme.
  • For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Students will be immersed in the language 24/7, whether that’s working in a team, writing a project proposal, presenting to a group, networking with professionals or socialising with peers. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.
  • For information about visas and language requirements, please see our FAQs page here.
Coming from the UK?
  • You can choose to attend our programmes as a day student if you live locally. Otherwise, our residential package will give you a great flavour of life in student halls of residence before you apply to university in the future.
  • Around 50% of our students come from abroad, providing you with a unique opportunity to network with and befriend peers from a range of different backgrounds and cultures.

Immersive Experiences Week 1

The Forensic Mindset

  • Discover what a day in the life of a forensic scientist entails
  • Explore the demands and expectations of working in this exciting field
  • Learn the difference between working in the field vs working in a laboratory
  • Develop key soft skills: critical thinking, decision making and thinking ahead
  • Learn important hard skills: basic analytical techniques, statistics and the use of UV light
  • Master the basics of pipetting and risk assessments

Become the CSI

  • Examine the strategy used when approaching a crime scene
  • Gain a thorough understanding of hygiene best practice and the clothing you’ll need
  • Undertake a series of small escape room exercises with guidance from experienced forensic professionals
  • Test your attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Take on a series of real-life case studies exploring famous historical plots
  • Race against the clock to unlock the truth and be the first to uncover the suspect

Enter the Crime Scene

  • Walk through a simulated crime scene: act as a first responder and a fingerprint analyst
  • Sketch the scene with dimensions to keep on record
  • Label and package the evidence into the correct containers to maintain integrity
  • Learn the principles of fingerprint identification
  • Perform finger-mark powdering and explore the effects different surfaces have on fingerprint deposition
  • Explore the effects different surfaces have on fingerprint deposition
  • Match the correct fingerprints to a potential suspect

Blood Spatter Analysis

  • Familiarise yourself with the basics of blood pattern analysis: introduction, classification and terminology
  • Observe how different blood patterns are generated in a crime
  • Generate different spatter for subsequent analysis, Dexter Morgan style
  • Identify the crime and then group the bloodstain patterns into different categories
  • Reconstruct the scene: analyse the blood stain size, shape and distribution patterns in order to reconstruct the sequence of events that led to the bloodshed

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

The start date is the 29th July.  You can choose to attend for either ‘First Week Only’, ‘Two Weeks’ or our ‘Two Week Premium’ package. You can also choose residential or non-residential. Pricing and details are set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place.

London 1 week London 2-weeks London Premium
Length First week only 2-weeks full programme 2-weeks Premium
Photograph, sketch and capture evidence in a simulated crime scene. Match fingerprints to a potential suspect. Perform blood spatter analysis.
For students coming from abroad, enhance your oral and written skills in business-level English
Tour a leading forensic laboratory. Deliver an expert witness testimony in a simulated courtroom. Use cyber forensics to catch dark web criminals.
Private networking session with top forensic scientists.
Industry reference letter: personalised letter from forensic scientists confirming what you’ve achieved on the programme
Graduation ceremony for completion of the full programme
Professional development portfolio: CV-writing masterclass, LinkedIn workshop, professional headshots, personality profiling & psychometric testing
Leadership, teamwork & strategy coaching & team challenge
Gala dinner with professionals on the River Thames
Keynote speeches & networking reception with accomplished industry leaders
Summer Experience Fee £1950 £2950 £3950
Optional fee for accommodation with meals, guardianship and evening & weekend activities included Available for an additional
£1290
Available for an additional
£2795
Available for an additional
£2795
Optional fee for London airport transfers (return) Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300

Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 29th July 2024

Venues:

  • The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation location:

  • Students who choose accommodation will reside in University of London halls of residence. We occupy 4 different halls close-by to each other (listed below). The vast majority of students will be placed in Garden Halls.

     

    Garden Halls, London, WC1H 9EN

    College Hall, London, WC1E 7HZ

    International Hall, London, WC1N 1AS

    Frances Gardner House, WC1X 0HD

     

Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions you'll be able to find our full FAQ list here and you are also welcome to reach out to us at info@investin.org and we'll be happy to help!

When is the deadline for registering for an experience?
Places on our programmes are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so we will close registration as soon as we reach capacity, because of this we would always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to attend.
Do I get a certificate?
Upon completion of the programme you will receive a bespoke certificate to include in all of your future applications. This will help you stand out from the crowd and show your passion for your chosen career. Letters of attendance are also available upon request at info@investin.org.
Who are your safeguarding team?
On each Summer Experience, we have safeguarding team members on-site 24/7 to promote the safeguarding and pastoral welfare of our students. Our team are security-vetted (enhanced DBS-checked) professionals who work in education full time and our team is made up of Academic Professionals / LSA, Safeguarding Officers, Nursing Professionals, and Mental Health Practitioners. Students will therefore always be able to easily contact a guardian, should they need any support.
What is included in the accommodation package?
You can choose to add our accommodation package to your booking where you will be allocated to the University of London's Garden Halls, College Hall, or International Hall. Here, you will enjoy your own private room, 3 meals a day, and 24/7 guardianship. There are also lots of communal areas such as a games room and cinema room where you will be able to socialise with other students. Our safeguarding team will also put on evening activities such as trivia night, games night, and sports evenings. You will be able to arrive at the accommodation the day before the programme starts and checkout will be the day after the programme comes to an end.
Do you offer payment plans?
Do you offer payment plans? Yes, payment plans are available until the end of April 2024. We are now only accepting payments in full. Please contact info@investin.org if you would like further assistance.
Will there be any opportunities for rest days?
Programme hours take place Monday-Friday, with a break over the weekend. If you select the 2-Week Premium option, the weekend will feature exclusive professional development opportunities outlined in the timetable.
How can you become a forensic scientist?
There are three main ways you can become a forensic scientist: - A university course - Apprenticeships - Applying directly, if you have significant lab experience
What qualifications do you need to become a forensic scientist?
To become a forensic scientist, you'll need either a degree in forensic science, or a degree in a related, scientific subject. This includes medical sciences, chemistry, or biological sciences. Competition for jobs can be high, so make sure your degree is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Science. To get onto an undergraduate course, you'll generally need two or three A Levels, including chemistry.
What apprenticeships can you do to become a forensic scientist?
The most relevant apprenticeships are: - Research scientist degree apprenticeship - Laboratory scientist degree apprenticeship Be sure to look for a company that provides forensic science services, or a police force that has relevant lab facilities in-house.
Do you need work experience to become a forensic scientist?
You’ll likely need prior work experience to become a forensic scientist. It’s a competitive industry to get into, and work experience is a key thing employers will look for in applications.
What work experience is good for prospective forensic scientists?
Experience working in a laboratory is ideal. As most forensic scientist laboratories don't offer work experience, you'll need to look in related areas, such as hospitals or research centres. Internships and summer schools, like InvestIN's, represent a fantastic opportunity to get laboratory experience and build professional networks to support a future career in the field.
What skills will help you succeed as a forensic scientist?
To succeed as a forensic scientist, you'll need: - Problem-solving skills: You'll need a logical and methodical approach to overcoming challenges - Teamwork skills: You'll work both independently and as part of a team, so the ability to collaborate is essential - Conscientiousness: You'll need to carry out analytical work with attention to detail - Communication skills: Written and oral communication skills are essential for conveying a clear message - The ability to meet deadlines: You'll have to work to deadlines, so time-management and organisational skills are important

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US

Information for international & EFL students

We have a minimum English language requirement of B2 (upper-intermediate, CEFR). For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.

 

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