Placements and internships
- Why do a placement or internship
- Doing a placement as part of your course
- Internships via the university
- Finding your own placement or internship
A placement involves a student undertaking work experience in industry, usually as part of their course. This generally applies to undergraduates and can last from a few weeks to a year. Placements have specific aims and objectives with regard to what a student will learn and gain from the placement.
An internship is a short-term paid work placement available to graduates. Internships tend to be project-led and include an element of graduate development.
Doing a placement will enhance your career prospects by giving to you opportunity to:
- extend skills that you already have and to develop new ones
- build your confidence
- gain knowledge of the professional and economic environment
- apply your theoretical knowledge to real-world situations
- develop specific vocational and personal skills
- make contacts in your chosen industry
- gain transferable work experience and skills such as communication and team working
- earn a salary.
The University of Brighton is career-focused, and many of our courses include a work placement.
Sandwich placements are year-long placements which are typically undertaken during the third year of a four-year course. This year is spent in an organisation where the work you do is related to your degree.
Industrial placements are similar to sandwich placements but can last for less than a year. They are usually accredited as part of your course or are a compulsory part of a vocational degree.
Placements teams at the University of Brighton
A number of courses at the University of Brighton include placements in their curriculum. Your course placement team will help find you a placement.
- Brighton Business School
- Faculty of Science and Engineering
- School of Education
- School of Health Professions
- School of Sport and Service Management
The university advertises paid internships both through our own scheme and the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme. Find out more and view current vacancies at our page on paid internships.
Graduate scheme employers
Many graduate employers that have a graduate training scheme will also have placement opportunities, either for 12 months or over the summer.
Pick up copies of the Prospects and GET Directories (available from careers centres) for details of graduate schemes offered by major employers across the whole range of industry.
Approaching employers directly
If you are looking to get a placement in a very competitive sector, such as the media, you may have to approach them directly. This is known as making a speculative application.
Making a speculative application involves approaching an organisation about the possibility of working for them. It is an unsolicited application rather than a response to an advertised vacancy.
Read our advice on making speculative applications.
- Cogent Life Sciences Placements Service
12 month and shorter industrial placement opportunities.
Connecting students and graduates with small businesses and start ups.
International internships, placements and graduation assignments. Most are unpaid.
- Fulbright Commission
Short-term, unpaid internships for current students or those interested in gaining experience in international education, and when projects allow, marketing, events and communication.
- Go Wales
Graduate Opportunities Wales work placement programme is for students studying outside of Wales who want to come back during the summer or relocate once they graduate.
- Graduate Talent Pool
Government scheme to encourage graduate employment.
- Inspiring Interns
Internship opportunities which offer reimbursed expenses as a minimum and often more.
- Intern China
Aims to create opportunities for people to gain an insight into the Chinese working environment.
International internships, (work) placements and graduation assignments.
Opportunities for undergraduates and graduates. Internavenue exclusively advertised paid positions.
International internships for up to 12 months in companies worldwide.
Internship opportunities, primarily in the Greater London area.
- Rate My Placement
A database of peer-reviewed work experience opportunities.
- Santander Universities SME Internship Programme
Available to graduates of the University of Brighton and other partner institutions.
- STEP Programme
Offering industrial placements, graduate internships and summer placements for undergraduates.
- Top Internships
Information on undergraduate internships and placements in the UK.
- UK Home Office/Border Agency Register of Tier 2/5 Sponsors
A comprehensive listing of sponsors. It would be worthwhile targeting these employers as placement providers if you wish to work in the UK after graduation.
- We connect students
Register your CV and access internship opportunities, graduate jobs and a wide range of careers advice and discussion topics.
- Work placement fairs
The perfect way to meet potential placement employers and for you to see what placement opportunities are out there. These fairs normally take place in October/November.
- Year in Industry
Offers a year out in industry within the UK, with a minimum salary of £150 per week. Most jobs are in engineering, science and computing, but there are also opportunities in business and other non-technical fields.
Internships - know your rights
It is a sad fact that in certain industries unpaid internships are still the norm. However the legal debate around this is ongoing. See our page on Your rights in the workplace for more information on the current situation and latest developments.