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:
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.
|Faculty||Tutor contact details|
|Management & Law||
Dr Saima Rifet
|Engineering & Informatics||
Dr Mick Ridley - Placement Tutor (School of EE & Computer Science) M.J.Ridley@bradford.ac.uk
Dr Adrian Kelly - Placement Tutor (School of Engineering) A.L.Kelly@bradford.ac.uk
For general enquiries, contact: email@example.com
|Life Sciences||Dr Alex Gibson - Placement Tutor (Archaeology / Environmental Sciences)
Gillian Jaggar (Biomedical & Healthcare Sciences)
Dr William Martin - Placements Tutor (Chemistry)
Jon Silcock - Placements Tutor (Pharmacy)
Jane Montague - Work-Based Co-ordinator (Health, Wellbeing & Social Care)
Jackie Haigh – Placement Co-ordinator (Midwifery UG)
Julia Pansini-Murrell – supports placements for postgraduate CPD
Jeff Bromley – Placement Co-ordinator (Physiotherapy)
Susan Jackson – Placement Co-ordinator (Occupational therapy)
Elaine Wilkinson/Ed Cadogan – Placement Co-ordinator (Radiography)
Ed Cadogan – Placement Co-ordinator (Radiography)
Janice High – Placement Co-ordinator (Nursing)
Kim McIntosh – Admin placement Co-ordinator for Nursing
Joanna Spink - Placement Co-ordinator (Applied Criminal Justice)
Websites for placements and internships
General placement websites:
- Prospects work experience
- Jobs Online (search work experience for placement vacancies)
- Summer Experience at Bradford – A summer programme with local employers offering work experience to University of Bradford undergraduate students.
- You can also search for placements within Build My Career under the My Jobs tab. Login in with your UoB student profile here, or for graduates or if you are using a personal email use this link.
- Graduate Talent Pool - a government-backed initiative to link up recent graduates with local and national businesses for internships.
- Rate My Placement - Internships
- Glassdoor (includes some interview questions that organisations commonly use)
- All About Careers
- Indeed (search for sandwich year placements)
- Law Careers (law placements)
- Step– Placements and work experience in smaller businesses
- E Financial Careers
- Going Global (overseas opportunities)
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.