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.

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

There are a variety of placements that may be available to you while you are at the University of Sheffield. Whether you are looking for a short term placement over the summer or a year in industry, we can help you find the perfect scheme so you will gain the experience that will enhance your skills and employability. 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:

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. You will then be sent an activation email to create an account and set a password.

If you need support or information, you can book an appointment with a Placement officer via Career Connect or send an enquiry.

On Campus placements

The On CampUS Placements scheme is coordinated by the Careers Service to help you enhance your employability skills through offering paid, project-based placements within the University. It is open to current undergraduate and taught postgraduate students at the University. Please note, if you are on a Leave of Absence please contact the placements team before applying.

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. 

What does an On CampUS Placement involve?

During your On CampUS Placement you will be required to:

  • Work with your host department to complete the tasks outlined in your job description
  • Commit to working 100 hours for the department
  • Be flexible with your working hours, to ensure that this fits around your studies
  • Hand in two signed time sheets, one at 50 hours and one at 100 hours, in order to receive your payment
  • Produce a placement poster to reflect upon your experience and the skills that you have developed; guidance will be provided by the Placement Team about the requirements for this

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 also need to agree a start date with your new line manager and also complete the required paperwork (including an eligibility to work check) with the Careers Service prior to starting your placement.

On Campus Placements will be advertised within Career Connect via MUSEYou can also book an appointment to talk to a Placement officer via Career Connect or send an enquiry if you find it difficult to visit the Careers Service.

Further information, including Terms and Conditions be seen here

Summer placements

Each year students from the University of Sheffield undertake summer placements across the globe, in a variety of different industries.

  • Summer placements are varied and can be in the UK or overseas, be structured or non-structured and take place over a range of weeks
  • Advertised summer placements are sometimes referred to as internships; these are usually structured 8 - 12 week placements within an organisation, taking place between June and August.
  • Most advertised summer placements are aimed at 2nd year students, but more organisations are now offering opportunities for 1st years.

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 

Tell us once you are going on a summer placement and we’ll 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.

Registering that you're going on summer placement is really easy, click onto the Placement database, you may need to sign up if you haven't already. Once you have done this please click on the orange tab (#TakeUSwithyou) which will allow you to register your summer placement.

Placement year: Degree with Employment Experience (DEE)

A placement year is an excellent opportunity to spend a year in employment as a recognised part of your degree programme. You can do this via the "Degree with Employment Experience" programme or "Year in Industry" programme.

'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'. Please consult with your department for more information regarding this option. 

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. 

You will still pay fees but at a reduced rate. For more details about the placement year fee please visit the University's Fees and funding webpage.

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:

  • the placement year is an approved part of your degree programme (The University of Sheffield courses named Degrees with Employment Experience / Year in Industry have approved placements as part of the programme).
  • the work placement does not extend beyond the end of your course.
  • you remain a registered student with the university.
  • you continue to pay the appropriate tuition fee.

If you are an international student and are considering undertaking a Degree with Employment Experience it is advisable to speak to International Student Services for advice on extending your visa.

Contact them on: Tel: 0114 222 1269
International Student Support Services

Postgraduate internships

We can help you if you are considering an internship, organising your own or are making an application to an existing scheme.

  • If you are a PhD student wanting to do an internship that is not part of your PhD, come and talk to us.
  • If you are a PGT student, you may have the opportunity to do an internship as part of your degree, or immediately afterwards. The PAS scheme, for example offers internships if you are a student within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

For more information, you can send us an enquiry via Career Connect or book an appointment to talk to a Placement officer.