Internships specifically in OR are few. Instead, consider showing your interest for this sector by gaining an internship in another area but one which can demonstrate the types of skills required in an OR career. Analyst internships (in risk especially) would be beneficial.
As well as applying for structured internships which will utilise the skills needed in an OR career, you may decide to approach a company yourself to discuss internship or work experience opportunities. Be clear about the skills you can offer the organisation, and be prepared to discuss how you can help their business. Employers who do not offer formal internships may be more open to you approaching them in this way. See our advice on writing speculative applications. Make a careers discussion appointment with a careers consultant to discuss the best way to approach companies speculatively.
Graduate training schemes
A small number of employers offer graduate schemes for students wanting to work in OR. The following is a sample of these schemes:
- Civil Service Fast Stream - One of the many Analytical Fast Stream programmes is based in operational research within the Government Operational Research Service (GORS).
- Government Operational Research Service (GORS) - As well as gaining access to this employer through the Civil Service Fast Stream, you can apply for their GORS Mainstream suitable for entry level to experienced candidates.
For more graduate schemes see Prospects and employers’ websites. Visit our resource centre to pick up copies of the Times top 100 graduate employers, The Guardian UK 300 and TARGETjobs which list employers with graduate vacancies.
You can also search LSE CareerHub for graduate jobs and find organisations who are coming on to campus to recruit LSE graduates.
It is possible to apply for jobs that are not specifically graduate schemes. There are advertised positions for entry level to experienced candidates. Visit employer websites and search CareerHub for vacancies.