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 separately as a means to enhance the degree or as an integral part of the degree you are studying.
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.
"32% of this year's entry level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for the organisation"
High Fliers - The Graduate Market in the 2016 report
We can support you in many ways, helping you to decide what type of placement is most suitable, searching and applying, as well as keeping in touch while you are undertaking it and away from the university. For those courses which offer a placement as part of their course we are happy to support you in addition to the help that you will receive from your immediate department.
Search our Placement case studies if you want find out more about the types of placements undertaken by students.
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
- 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.
You can also refer to our “Use your subject pages” which are useful for a link to potential resources and alumni case studies which are useful for researching potential career options. Remember if your placement is an integral part of your course, it is likely that your department will have contacts for placements from previous students.
Careers support for placements - Placement database
If you are interested in doing a placement, register your interest on our database and tell us about your preferences in terms of placement type, duration, location. That way we can support and signpost you to relevant opportunities. Even once you have found a placement, please register it on our database so we can continue to support you.
To access you will need to 'sign up' and enter your nine digit registration number and university email address. This video gives a step by step guide how to do this
If you need support or information, you can book an appointment with a Placement officer via Career Connect or send an enquiry.
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.
A 'Degree with Employment Experience' option is open to most students within the University. The successful completion of a placement year through a ‘Degree with Employment Experience’ will change your degree title to recognise this, e.g `BA (Hons) Economics with Employment Experience’.
If you are a student in the Faculty of Engineering or Department of Chemistry, you are eligible to undertake a 'Year in Industry'.
For information on other year long placements, please contact email@example.com
When should I do it?
A placement year would usually be taken in the penultimate year of study and lasts 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.
Please note: if you are interested in undertaking a Degree with Employment Experience it is important that you discuss this with your personal tutor first as your department must give its approval.
Once you have found a placement, make use of the following:
Can I do a placement year if I am an international student?
Yes, you can, providing that:
If you are an international student and are considering undertaking a Degree with Employment Experience or do not hold a current visa which would enable you to complete your year placement and finish your studies, it is advisable to speak to International Student Services for advice on extending your visa.
Contact them on: Tel: 0114 222 1269
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.
For additional help you can make an appointment with a Placement Officer, either for a general placement appointment or once specifically for your Faculty.
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.
It doesn't matter whether your undertaking a placement in the UK, in your home country or abroad - we want to know! Read more about our overseas bursary students and where your placement could take you.
|On Campus placements||
On CampUS Placements are coordinated by the Careers Service to help you enhance your employability skills through offering paid, project-based placements with academic and professional services departments withing the University.
Your placement will last for 100 hours – a maximum of 16 hours per week during term time - and you will be paid a bursary of £1000 for the 100 hours.
By working on an On CampUS Placement 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.
What does an On CampUS Placement involve?
During your On CampUS Placement you will be required to:
When will I start my On CampUS Placement?
Once you have been successfully appointed to a placement, upload your details onto our Placement database.
You will then be contacted by our Placement Team who will arrange to undertake an Eligibility to Work check prior to the start of your placement with the department.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I find On CampUS Placements
On Campus Placements will be 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 Placements – title of vacancy”. There are a number of opportunities throughout the year.
Further information, including Terms and Conditions.
|Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP)||
The Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP) has been established to enable researchers to add to their experience. It encourages you to get the experience, information, training, advice or insights you need. It does this by providing an award of between £100 and £1000 that can be used to pay for travel, accommodation, training fees or to provide a small salary to cover your time. It is your responsibility to set up the experience or create the opportunity but if you can do that, the scheme can cover some or all of the costs. The PREP Scheme will open again in Spring 2019. Look out for publicity in your faculties and departments, and check the Careers Service website.