Placements & Experience

Company Projects

Information about Company Projects for 2020-21 will be available soon.

Some masters students will have the opportunity to work with a company as part of their dissertation project. If you’re eligible, we’ll contact you with more information.

What is a company project?

Students who take part in a Company Project will work with a company or other organisation on a business challenge set by them. This project then forms the basis for your dissertation. Projects run from June to August.

Who’s eligible?

Most (but not all) masters students can take part. Check with your course director if you’re not sure. If you are eligible, you’ll be invited to apply.

What do I need?

To take part, you need an Employability Passport. To get a passport you have to attend some development sessions. You will also need to pass all your semester 1 modules.

Then there’s an application process. Students interested in carrying out a company project must fulfil the requirements of their course, and also take part in a competitive application process.

A series of development sessions must also be completed, and on completion of your project, you will provide feedback to the organisation.

Why take part in a company project?

Undertaking a company dissertation project can help you to gain specialist knowledge, and develop essential skills, to support your journey into your chosen career area.

Doing a company dissertation project can help you to:

  • Gain valuable skills and experience.
  • Build your CV
  • Create a network for your future career
  • Experience a competitive process

Employability Passport

To do a company project you need a full employability passport, which means attending the following sessions:

  1. Introduction to projects workshop
    In this session you will learn about what a company project is, the application process, what to expect during and after your project, guidance around business etiquette, and support and advice to help you prepare for a company project.
  2. How to network
    This session will cover what to say, when to say it, how to approach the person you want to speak to and how to manage the conversation.
  3. Networking
    This can be an event where employers have been present and you have taken the opportunity to network with them, building upon your communication and networking skills.
  4. Applications and interviews
    In this session we will provide students with information and tips on completing applications and taking part in interviews.
  5. Communication and negotiation
    In this session we will provide students with information and tips on communication, negotiations and influencing to help ensure your project runs smoothly within your host organisation

Please note: the passport on its own doesn’t guarantee you a project. However, the development sessions will help build valuable employability skills for your future.


Application process

  1. Complete an application form.
  2. If your application is successful, we’ll give you information about all the opportunities available.
  3. Apply for projects that interest you.
  4. Shortlisted students are then interviewed by Management School staff.
  5. If you’re put forward for a project, you’ll have a meeting with the company involved. The process is weighted like this:
    – Interview (60%)
    – Application (20%)
    – Semester 1 marks: (20%)

Questions?
Email us at mgt.employability@sheffield.ac.uk