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.
  • Erasmus+ work experience opportunities in Europe. Speak to our International Opportunities team to find out more.

Getting started

As well as the sources of opportunities and information below, there are a few things you can do to inform your search.

Firstly, take a look at our jobs database; you can book an appointment with us to talk about your options, and check out our facebook page for our Tuesday Internships and Placements picks.

Tilly's story - watch the video

Hear Tilly (a University of Bradford student) talk about the support she received from Career and Employability Services throughout her Summer Experience internship:

Where to look

Below is a list of websites that feature opportunities for work experience in a range of sectors and work experience types, followed by sites with specific opportunities for each faculty.

General placement websites:

Life Sciences

School of Management Undergraduate Work Placement Year

All our BSc programmes offer you the opportunity to take a year's work placement in industry during the third year of the course. Placements are real, paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offer you a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand how business and management concepts are applied in practice and to give you direct exposure to real issues in the workplace.

See the full details in our booklet below:

Your Undergraduate Work Placement Year

Internships and placements for International Students

Internships

Internships are periods of paid work experience of up to three months and in order to comply with visa regulations, any internship carried out by an international student must fit the description outlined in the British Council / Education UK website. To comply with the regulations, all internships must be paid and this can be a problem for international students as some internships are unpaid. If you are offered a period of unpaid work experience, you could classify this as temporary or part-time work and not as an internship.

For further information on this you are advised to see a Visa Support adviser in MyBradford - Student Support or contact UKCISA

 

Sandwich Placements

Sandwich placements (also known as Industrial Placements or Year in industry) are periods of paid work experience, normally carried out in the third year of a four year undergraduate degree. For some courses, sandwich placements are compulsory and if this is the case, then you will be provided with support from your faculty. Find out if your faculty has a Placements Tutor or Coordinator as they will have important information on undertaking placements as part of your degree course and where to look for vacancies.

International students can participate in sandwich placements with the current Tier 4 Student visa. However, as a placement student, you are still registered and will receive support as a student at the university and hence will still have to pay fees (albeit much reduced fees) – please check with your faculty.

  • This is a very good opportunity for you to gain practical work experience in your relevant field and experience working in the UK. Over the years, many international students have been successful in getting industrial placements in major companies as well as in small medium size enterprise (SMEs). Applications for these placements can be very competitive, especially in large national or international companies, so you should start applying early as most have closing dates between December and February.

It is also possible to do an industrial placement in your own country. However, you will need to check the suitability of each placement with your faculty’s Placement Tutor / Coordinator.