PlaceME@SMI is a placement scheme funded by the Sheffield Q-Step Centre which is part of the Sheffield Methods Institute at The University of Sheffield.

The placement scheme gives undergraduate students a chance to work on exciting projects involving analysis of quantitative data whilst working with our external partners within commercial businesses and government organisations or internally at the University, with leading researchers.  By offering placements to our students we allow them to develop transferable skills and attributes through valuable direct experience within the work place.  This increases their employability after graduation, giving them a real advantage when seeking employment in a competitive job market.

Each year we work with our partners to offer a number of placements to our students that are diverse, exciting and valuable.  Placements usually last for 6 weeks over the summer but some may be as long as a whole year and require an interuption to their degree studies in order to take the internship. 

Advertising the placements

The placements are advertised on our website, with new placements going live when details are received through the spring. 

If a student finds a year-long placement we will help with the administrative process of undertaking the internship but the student is responsible for application to and salary details of this placement.

Current placement vacancies

What you need to know

  • Placements take place over the Summer (unless a year long placement)
  • Placements usually last six weeks 
  • Placements are be based on a 35 hour week
  • Placement students will be paid a bursary, the equivalent of living wage salary.

Some of our partners


PlaceME@SMI case studies

When students are on placement they keep a track of the work they are doing and the skills they are learning by producing a short blog.  These blogs can be found on our placement page.

Student Placement Blogs

Information for employers

We are open to collaborations with academic and external to the University partners for the PlaceME@SMI programme. If your are a University research project, community organisation or a business and you have an idea for a collaborative research project (between at least one person in your organisation and our student) and it would involve generation and analysis of quantitative data - you are welcome to join the programme. Please email Dr. Aneta Piekut to express your interest.