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Online work experience

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Recent months have seen exciting changes in how employers offer work experience opportunities. There are now a variety of online work experience opportunities that you can do from home including internships, placements, insights and vacation schemes.

You may also hear them referred to as remote internships, virtual internships or virtual experiences.

Explore what’s available, as they could offer you something different.

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My experience on a virtual internship

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The internship was not only a productive use of my time in terms of learning more about the consulting industry and its key players, but provoked me to evaluate some of my own strengths and weaknesses.

Read Leona Rose Goodey's blog post about her internship through Bright Network


What is an online work experience placement?

Online work experience opportunities refer to any kind of work experience that you can do from home including internships, placements, insight and vacation schemes.

How are they organised?

  • Structured programmes offering an insight into the business and its culture

As more organisations have supported their employees in working from home, some employers have designed web-based platforms and activities to support interns, placement students and students wishing to undertake short-term work experience to gain valuable experience and develop their skills online. These are designed to mirror real life wherever possible.

  • Short, module-based programmes designed to develop a specific set of skills

Some companies including KPMG, Linklaters and Citibank, have partnered with organisations such as Forage, to offer live or resource-based activities. Activities include courses for skills development, networking, working on a task, accessing employer information and much more.

RateMyPlacement - find out more about online internships


Where can I look for vacancies?


Bright Network

Forage (formerly InsideSherpa)

Think Pacific

Some providers of online courses and experiences may charge a fee. The University is unable to provide funding to students to engage in online work experience or skills development. We recommend that you research all options thoroughly and consider the benefits before paying fees to join an online activity.

Our advisers can talk to you about your options, just book a careers appointment.


How can I develop my career skills online?



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