Placements & Experience

Placements & Internships

Placement years

As an undergrad you can convert your degree into a Degree with Employment Experience by spending a year on work placement. Opportunities in the UK and around the world include L’Oréal, Disney, Rolls-Royce, HP, Microsoft, SAP and Hewlett Packard.

As an undergrad you can convert your degree into a Degree with Employment Experience by spending a year on work placement. Whilst there are many placement opportunities in the UK, there are also year-long international placements. Opportunities in the UK and around the world include L’Oréal, Disney, Rolls-Royce, HP, Microsoft, SAP and Hewlett Packard.

All our undergrads have the option of taking a year out to work in industry. Summer placements (8–12 weeks) are also available.

As a postgrad, you can’t take a year out, but you might be able to go on a longer placement when your course ends. Come and talk to us to find out more.

If you are unsure which area of business is for you, a placement is a great trial and error year. You can find out if you like your selected discipline and discover if you can see yourself working in that department in your future career.

Lily Robinson
BA Business Management with employment experience 2016, placement at Arla Foods.

Where to find placements

We can help you find suitable placements, just come into the hub for a chat or book a 1 to 1 appointment with a careers advisor. Our employability bulletin lands in your inbox every Wednesday – so look out for the latest placement opportunities.

Keep your options open and cast your search wide, you can look at our list of resources to help you get sorted, as well as the following sites:

More information

For more information on placements, see the Careers Service website or book an appointment with a Careers Consultant through your Career Connect account

https://careerconnect.sheffield.ac.uk/student/home.html


Meet the ambassadors

Our Futures First ambassadors are current students who have completed a placement year. They’re ready to share their experiences and help you navigate the choices and challenges ahead.


Other types of placements available

Summer placements

Undergrads can also go on summer placements (sometimes called internships) for 8–12 weeks between June and August after your first year. If you’re a taught postgraduate students you may be able to do a placement at the end of your degree.

Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering, we can help you find a scheme that is right for you. By giving your time to contribute to your community you will gain new skills and experiences, which will in turn enhance your personal development and can make an impact on your CV.

In the Employability Hub we have a number of volunteering leaflets and resources. You can find out more about volunteering on The University of Sheffield website.


Looking for International opportunities?

Our international careers resource supports students looking for international opportunities, including employment, further study, work experience and voluntary work.