Placements can provide you with a fantastic opportunity to increase your employability, gain an insight into the career that interests you and make contacts for the future. Placements can be undertaken as an integral part of your degree course or separately as a means to enhance your degree.
Placements can take the form of a two week insight into an organisation to a year long contract. Below we have included some details of the more common types of placement we can support you with.
Undertaking a placement can really put you ahead in the graduate job market as it will allow you to:
- gain insight into a particular industry or role
- decide if this is the right career path for you
- take on real responsibility and increase your confidence
- develop transferable skills and enhance your employability
- network and gain valuable references and contacts
Many students find that they are offered a graduate position or further work experience as a result of their placement.
Where to find placements
Many placements are advertised on Career Connect available via MUSE. You could also try:
- Rate my placement
- Student ladder
- Internships, placements and work experience - Targetjobs
- Internships - Prospects. provides information covering internships along with links to useful websites. Also includes links to websites offering international internships
- Looking for work in the Sheffield area
- Networking - ask your tutors, family or friends if they know of any potential opportunities.
- Speculative applications - you can contact employers you're interested in and ask about work experience. Find out how to make speculative applications in Finding graduate jobs.
Search our Placement case studies if you want find out more about the types of placements undertaken by students.
BAME students and students with disabilities
There are several placement schemes exclusively for BAME students or students with disabilities. We list these in the Equality issues section of our Information Resources. Many other employers actively promote their commitment to diversity in the workplace, e.g. those which have signed up to the UK Government’s ‘Disability confident’ scheme or which have clear equal opportunities and diversity statements on their websites. It is definitely worth exploring opportunities with such employers but don’t limit yourself to those alone. Many others take a positive approach to equality too.
The University of Sheffield offers two different methods for students to complete a year long placement and are excellent opportunities to spend a year in employment as a recognised part of your degree programme.
Year in Industry / Placement Year Courses, which incorporate a year-long placement, are available in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Department of Biomedical Sciences,.
If your Department does not offer this option, you can complete a year-long placement by joining the Degree with Employment Experience Programme. This route is open to most students within the University and involves a change of your degree title to recognise this, e.g `BA (Hons) Economics with Employment Experience’.
When should I do a placement year?
A placement year would usually be taken in the penultimate year of study and last a minimum of 38 weeks. You can undertake a placement within the UK or internationally.
Students undertaking a placement year pay a substantially reduced fee.
What should I do when I have secured a placement
If you are interested in undertaking a Degree with Employment Experience you must first discuss this with your personal tutor as your department must give its approval. You will also need to complete a Change of Programme Form and hand this to your Department.
All students securing year-long placements are required to:
Once the University is satisfied with the arrangements for your placement, you will be notified and can then commence your placement.
You MUST NOT commence your placement until all of these steps have been completed.
Once your placement begins, you will be asked to complete an Induction Checklist which helps us to ensure that you have received adequate information from your employer as part of your Induction.
If you need support you can book a careers appointment or submit an enquiry via Career Connect.
Each year students from the University of Sheffield undertake summer placements across the globe, in a variety of different industries.
Working over the summer can be exciting and perhaps daunting and we want to make sure it’s rewarding for you too.
Finding a summer placement
Many summer placements are advertised on Career Connect available via MUSE as well as the resources mentioned above.
Once you’ve confirmed you have secured a summer placement you should let us know by confirming this to us on the placement database. We’ll then keep you informed about things you should know before you go. We’ll also keep in touch with you over the summer, reminding you how to make the most of your time on placement so that when you return to University you have lots of contacts and can use your experience to distinguish yourself above others. If you need help, while you’re away from University over the summer – we’ll be here to help too.
|On Campus Internships||
On CampUS Internships are coordinated by the Careers Service to help you enhance your employability skills through offering paid, project-based internships with academic and professional services departments within the University.
Your internship will last for 50 to 100 hours – a maximum of 16 hours per week during term time - and you will be paid at a rate equivalent to £10ph. Due to recent closures of campus buildings, all On CampUS Internships will take place remotely with virtual support from line managers and placement hosts.
By working on an On CampUS Internships you will be contributing to the development of projects around the University whilst learning new and valuable skills which will in turn enhance your CV for future employment.
Who is eligible for an On CampUS Internship?
On CampUS Internships are only open to undergraduate Widening Participation Students (WP Students) and both undergraduate and PGT International Students.
WP status is assessed as students who meet one of the WP flags in their UCAS application and International Students are defined as any student that pays international student tuition fees.
What does an On CampUS Internships involve?
During your On CampUS Internships you will be required to:
When will I start my On CampUS Internships?
Once you have been successfully appointed to an internship, upload your details onto Career Connect available via MUSE
You will then be contacted by careers staff who will arrange to undertake an Eligibility to Work check prior to the start of your internship with the department.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I find On CampUS Internships
On Campus Internships are now being advertised within Career Connect via MUSE. They will be advertised under the vacancy type of “casual/part time work” on Career Connect, under the heading “On CampUS Internships – title of vacancy”.
Vacancies for 2020 will go live on Wednesday 1st April. All vacancies require applicants to submit a CV and cover letter directly to the internships host. If you require support with your application please see our pages regarding applications, interviews and tests.
Further information, including Terms and Conditions.
|SME Summer Internship Programme||
The SME Summer Internship Programme is in collaboration with local small and medium-sized organisations, and Santander Universities. The internships are exclusive to the University of Sheffield and are open to final year students and graduates (of up to three years). If you’re looking to stay in Sheffield and want to gain some real industry experience, then this programme is for you!
The internship will be between 4 and 8 weeks in length and you’ll be paid at a rate of £9 per hour. The internships will be in a range of sectors and will be roles that provide you with valuable career experience, regular supervision and guidance, and the opportunity to reflect on your professional progress.
Where can I find the internships and how do I apply?
All internship vacancies will go live on Career Connect on 6th April 2020 and close on 3rd May 2020. You will be able to search for the internship programme under the vacancies tab on Career Connect and will be titled “[Job title] - SME Summer Internship Programme”.
To apply for a role, you will need to upload a cover letter and CV to the vacancy on Career Connect. After the closing date, applications will be sent to the employer and they will shortlist for interview.
You are not restricted to applying for one internship - we encourage you to apply for as many that interest you!
When will I start my internship?
All internships will start after 13 June 2020 in line with the summer vacation period. Specific start dates will be decided between yourself and the employer.
If you are an employer interested in the scheme, please view the information pack.
For any queries please contact email@example.com
|Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP)||
As a researcher, you can gain experience, skills and insight for your wider career development by applying for the Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP).
Financial support of between £100 and £1000 is available that can be used to pay for salary, travel, accommodation, fees or resources, but you need to apply now as awards are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.