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Internships and placements
Internships can be a good way to improve your employability skills and find out whether a job is right for you without signing up for a long period of time. They offer work experience and training but unlike graduate schemes do not necessarily end in a formal job offer.
We recommend that you look for paid internships where possible, however some internships are unpaid or only pay expenses, so think carefully when applying for these about whether you can afford to live and whether the experience will be worth it overall.
Placements are usually undertaken during your studies and are usually related to the subject you are studying, and are designed to provide practical industry experience. They can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a full year as part of a sandwich placement course.
Career and Employability Services runs programmes for both undergraduates and recent graduates to gain valuable work experience:
Summer Experience is our programme of six-week paid projects for first and second year undergraduates.
The Bradford Graduate Internship programme provides recent graduates with 10-week paid internship projects to improve employability skills, which can often lead on to full-time employment.
We also post links to a selection of current internships and placements on our Facebook and Twitter pages every Tuesday, so follow us to keep up to date.
There are also opportunities advertised on Jobs Online (search by ticking the 'work experience' option).
Tilly's story - watch the video
Hear Tilly (a University of Bradford student) talk about the support she received from Career Development Services throughout her Summer Experience internship:
Finding a 12 month placement
If you are looking for a year's placement as part of your course, you should keep in touch with the placement tutor in your department.
Tutors are likely to have details of opportunities specific to your course and have contacts with organisations that have previously taken students from your Department before.
Websites for placements and internships
General placement websites:
Engineering and Informatics
Management and Law
You should also consider approaching some employers speculatively. Our Jobs Online database includes an employer directory which will show you which organisations might offer placement opportunities, and there are also directories available in the Career and Employability Services Information Room.
You can get help with searching and applying for placements and internships by speaking to an adviser.