Our projects


Some of our projects are open to any students in the faculty, others are offered to specific groups of students, for example if funded by alumni gifts. This list gives some examples of our main projects: 

Employability as part of your course

We work with your department to embed skills/learning into courses. Our team works across the Faculty and with stakeholders to develop a curriculum that enhances skills, attributes and abilities to secure the outcomes you seek and manage your onward careers with confidence. We help to align programme and curriculum developments with the changing employment landscape.

Workplace Insights - Easter Internship programme
Students' Union building

Our short-term Internship programme enabling our students to make a real contribution to a business, charity or public sector organisation. On Workplace Insights (WI), students work on a project submitted by a partner organisation - one of our trusted and respected student employers - over the course of two weeks to gain work experience. Students will complete the project during the Easter vacation period, supported by a bursary payment paid by the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

WI will be running in 2023 and further information for students will be released in due course

Organisations- Click here to see some examples of projects from last year. Click here for further information for partner organisations.

City Connections - Business and networking visit to London
A photo of attendees of London City Connections 2022

London City Connections is an event designed to support students from under-represented backgrounds to develop their networking and communication skills, commercial awareness and enhance their career prospects. The project provides students with the opportunity to build connections with alumni of the University of Sheffield who have reached senior positions in major organisations, and who generously give their time to support the project. Students taking part gain an insight into a wide range of career sectors and hear first-hand from alumni how they have got to where they are today. Click here for details of previous visits.

London City Connections will be running in 2023 and further information for students can be found here.

Third Sector Connections - Meet organisations from the Charity sector
A photo of a presentation at Third Sector Connections 2022

Meet and hear from a range of professionals working in the third sector (including charities and non-government organisations). Gain real-world insight, start your network of people working in the third sector and get to know where your Social Sciences degree from the University of Sheffield can take you. 

If you’re interested in a career involving making a real social change, helping others and developing your community, this event is for you. 

More information on applying for this event will be released in due course 

Meet the Professional' Speed Networking Events

Meet a range of professionals (including Sheffield University Alumni) at our informal events to find out more about careers in a particular sector. Examples planned for this year include Working with Children and Young People (1st December) and Careers in International Development (Semester 2).

Working with Children and Young People: Are you interested in careers working with Children and Young People? Come along and meet local professionals including University of Sheffield alumni from a range of careers in this sector at 16:00-18:00 on Thursday 1st December at Mappin Hall, Sir Frederick Mappin Building.

It’s an informal opportunity for you to explore job roles including:

  • Speech Therapy
  • Education Policy
  • School roles (including Teaching, Mental Health Support)
  • Community NHS services including SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

If you are interested in attending, please complete this short form.

Business and Industry Challenge days

An opportunity to work with a business to develop your skills and understanding of a particular sector through team challenges and 'taster' workshops. Examples planned for this year include 'Marketing' Semester 1, 'Tech careers for non-tech students' (Semester 2) and 'Leadership and Project Management' (Summer 2023)

Policy Industry Challenge 28th November 2022- Have you ever wondered how Government Policy decisions are made? Are you interested in careers that have real impact in the Civil Service? The Faculty of Social Science team is hosting a Policy Challenge day delivered by Sheffield's own DWP (Department for Work and Pensions).

The event will give you practical experience of real-world policy decision-making and insight into careers across a range of Government departments including Education, Health, and Justice.

Sign up here!

Sign up forms for future events to be released in due course.

Events for Law Students

The Susan Crosbie Leaders in Law Programme is part of a gift by Mark Crosbie, made in memory of his sister Susan Crosbie. The programme aims to support law students and students from other disciplines who are interested in a career in Law and support students from under-represented backgrounds. The main elements of the employability programme involve Coach Café and The Firm.

Coach Café: A University wide online networking series for students to meet successful Alumni and Professionals. During the event you'll be randomly matched with four different Coaches and chat to them with a small group of other students and an informal networking session will follow.

Coach Café - Law - Tuesday 25th October 2022, 5.15pm - 7.15pm

Coach Café - Females in Law - Thursday 2nd March, 5.15pm - 7.15pm- Register your interest here

The Firm- an in person series with business visits to leading Law Firms in the North. Students will have the chance to have a tour of the firms offices, work on case studies, attend Q&A Panels with recent graduates and attend Professional Networking Sessions with members of each firm.

Register your interest

Other work experience opportunities within the faculty

Are you applying for graduate roles?

On Monday 12th December, gain unique and crucial advice from a successful University of Sheffield graduate. Elina Thompson graduated in 2016 from The University of Sheffield in BA Business Management and currently works for Lloyds Banking Group in Sheffield.

Elina has had experience in various roles, ranging from working in Communications and Engagement, Human Resources, and working on the design of digital customer platforms for Lloyds. Elina has conducted hundreds of graduate level interviews so this is a fantastic opportunity to learn from her.

This is open to people on any course within the Faculty.

You can apply to attend one of three specialised activities:

  • Assessment Centre Workshop
  • CV Surgery 
  • Mock 1-on-1 interviews 

Please fill out this form to apply for your chosen activity.