Placements are a great opportunity to find out more about jobs that you are considering as well as gain some practical work experience for your CV.
Opportunities for Placements
Summer Work Placements - Short-term 6-12 week placements that take place over summer. These are often aimed at students who will be returning to their final year and it is a chance for you to find out more about a company and for them to find out what you are really like before offering you a place on a graduate training scheme. Placements are usually advertised and big employers will often also be at the Placements and Internships Fair run by the Careers and Employability Service.
Summer Lab Placements - Research placements that take place in labs around campus, sometimes with funding, sometimes without. They are generally 6-8 week projects and enable you to get useful practical experience in the labs. The best way to find out if these are available is to speak to members of academic staff in the individual schools.
Nottingham Internship Scheme - A good opportunity for students who are thinking about working with small-medium sized enterprise (SMEs) or who want to experience working in a specific sector as these roles tend to give you more opportunity to see the way the business runs. There are a range of roles advertised throughout the year which are exclusively available to Nottingham students.
Find out more about the Nottingham Internship Scheme
Optional Placement Year - Students can apply for a year-long placement as part of a named degree. This can be a placement in any sector so it does not to be specifically aligned to Natural Sciences. Past students have taken placements with EMEC Ecology (Ecologist), KPMG (Audit Assistant), Reckitt Benckiser (R&D Operations).
Students are responsible for finding their placement but there is support available through the Careers and Employability Service and some subject teams. Once you have secured a placement you transfer onto the BSc/MSci Natural Sciences with Placement Year programme.
While you are out in industry you have the full support and a placement tutor will be in touch regularly and will come out to visit you to see how everything is going. At the end you submit a reflective journal of your experience.
BSc Natural Sciences with Placement Year - KPMG
I decided to do a placement in order to explore potential career paths. I was really interested in working in the financial sector and by completing a placement I wanted to improve my knowledge of the sector, gain confidence in the workplace and gain some contacts through networking.
I was attracted to complete a placement year to allow me to make a more informed decision when it comes to applying for graduate jobs. Also, completing a placement year has been known to largely increase employment prospects.