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Gaining work experience while studying is really valuable. It will help you develop key skills and find answers about your future. How can you be expected to know what you want to do if you haven't experienced it first hand?

Here are some of the ways you can approach finding internships:

  • Explore internships exclusive to University of Nottingham students

  • Search for internship vacancies advertised by external organisations

  • Find your own placements through speculative applications



MyCareer vacancies - just a selection of internships being advertised

The internships advertised on MyCareer are from recruiters targeting Nottingham students and graduates. We advertise around 1500 work experience and internship vacancies every year.

The internships cover 30+ career areas so login now to explore what's on offer.


Advertising, Marketing and PR



  • Engineering Placement Student 2020-2021
    Employer: CARGILL PLC
    Application closing date: 27 Oct 2019
    Location: Loverpool North West England United Kingdom
    Are you looking for an Engineering placement at the end of your second or third year and are you studying an Engineering degree? If so Cargill can offer you a superb opportunity to gain valuable work experience on our one-year undergraduate programme.

Finance and management

  • Finance Student Placement
    Employer: TOYOTA (GB) PLC
    Application closing date: 31 Dec 2019
    Location: Surrey South East England United Kingdom
    We can’t make a business decision without knowing the numbers!

    As the finance student, not only will you be delivering monthly reports and analysing our business’s financial results, but you’ll be supporting our overall commercial decision making processes


  • Scuderia Toro Rosso Undergraduate Internship
    Application closing date: 1 Nov 2019
    Location: Bicester South East England United Kingdom
    Scuderia Toro Rosso is looking for innovative and academically excellent students who share our passion for making the race car go faster to join our Aerodynamics department in Oxfordshire on a 12 month Internship. You will be directly involved in the development of the current race car.


  • DLA Piper Summer Internship Programme
    Application closing date: 31 Dec 2019
    Location: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield West Midlands United Kingdom
    We provide cutting-edge learning and development programmes, and an opportunity to work alongside some of the best legal minds around. We are offering internship opportunities across our seven UK offices.


Search for internships across 30+ sectors on MyCareer


Exclusive to University of Nottingham students and graduates

Opportunities on your doorstep at Nottingham

Digital Marketing Academy - gain the skills and experience

Nottingham Internship Scheme - spring, summer and graduate internships

Nottingham Consultancy Challenge - real-life projects with local businesses and charities

Unitemps - part-time and temporary roles

Optional Placement Year - for students where a placement year is not an option

Postgraduate Placements Nottingham - for postgraduate students

International Work Experience Grant - funding to help you undertake a placement overseas

Enhanced Summer Placements Scheme for civil engineers

This scheme provides industrial sponsorship opportunities (including summer placements) and can be applied for from first year onwards. Applications open in October and close in November.

Opportunities are available with a range of companies including  Pick Everard, RPS Newark, Sir Robert McAlpine, Taylor Woodrow, WSP PB.

Email Rachel Ramsden for more details


More sources of vacancies for internships and work placements

Nationwide vacancies

The sources below cover roles across a broad spectrum of career areas from advertising to telecommunications and are a great starting point. 

In some career areas there are specialist places to explore internships, go to our  Types of jobs pages to find out about these sources. – allows you to explore career areas and search for jobs

Employment 4 Students (E4S)  student jobs, internships and graduate roles

Enternships  entrepreneurial opportunities – list of industrial placements

Gradcracker  internships for science, maths, engineering and technology students  find internships in a range of sectors across the UK

Inspiring Interns  internships in London

Prospects – search for graduate jobs, internships and work experience opportunities

RateMyPlacement  includes student reviews

TARGETjobs – graduate jobs, schemes, internships and placements

Step – short-term placements of six to 12 months

The Year in Industry (YINI)  placements for students in their gap year before or during their studies 

Schemes or roles to increase diversity in the workplace

Ambitious about Autism – opportunities for students on the Autistic Spectrum

Change100 – internships for students and graduates with disabilities or long-term mental health conditions

Civil Service Diversity Internship Programme  spring and summer internships directed at BAME and economically disadvantaged students

EmployAbility – opportunities for disabled and dyslexic students and graduates, and to ease the transition into employment

Evenbreak  supporting disabled students and graduates

Rare - a programme for students from disadvantaged backgrounds where you can gain access to free coaching, interview advice, news and events

SEO  to support students secure internships and graduate roles with many of the top graduate employers

Sutton Trust Pathways (Law only) - an undergraduate programme for students from under-represented background that includes a residential, mentoring and work experience

Up Reach  work experience opportunities to students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Windsor Fellowship Programmes  internships and students from BAME backgrounds


Internships abroad


Find your own placement

Not all vacancies are advertised, therefore you may need to approach companies to find out if they are able to offer any opportunities.

You can do this by:

  • sending a  tailored letter and CV to companies enquiring about a short-term work placement or a few days work shadowing

  • using company Facebook pages to request the name of the department or person you could contact about vacancies as a type of online networking

  • getting in touch with contacts you have made through  networking



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