Faculty of Social Sciences

Hosting Placement Students

We are always looking to build partnerships with businesses for term-time and year-long placements, as well as summer internships.

Our students develop a variety of technical and transferable skills while studying across a wide range of subjects. They are particularly keen to undertake experiential learning opportunities as interns to apply their skills and learning in a real-world environment.

We currently work with a range of employers, including SMEs, large corporations, charities, governmental and non-governmental organisations. Current partners include Deloitte, Ministry of Defence, Nottinghamshire Police, Prince's Trust and Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Our placement partnerships are long lasting and mutually beneficial. They also cover areas such as join funding bids, guest lectures and research as well as providing targetted applications to any Graduate Schemes you may run.


Add value to your business

  • Access a rich and diverse talent pool
  • Raise your company's profile among potential future employees 
  • Work with students from a wide range of disciplines, including law, business and accounting, economics and statistics, education, sociology, criminology, geography, politics and international relations
  • All our interns receive pre- and post-placement workshops to ensure they are well prepared
  • Previous interns have made many valuable and, in some cases, major contributions to host organisations while on placement - you can read about some of these in our testimonials section

Partner sectors

Placement partners come from fields as diverse as:

  • Banking and finance 
  • Government departments, including local councils 
  • Third-sector organisations and NGOs 
  • Think-tanks, lobbying, pressure and advocacy groups 
  • Management consultancies 
  • Legal services such as appeals, courts and probation 
  • Local and national politics including supporting MPs of all parties 
  • Overseas organisations 
  • Commercial and local businesses 
  • Local and national media 
  • Further or higher education 
  • EU and United Nations organisations 
  • Market and statistical research

Examples of student skillsets

  • Communications, marketing and public relations
  • Accountancy and business consultancy 
  • Legal practice including conveyancing 
  • Research, research design and market research 
  • Conducting and organising surveys 
  • Statistics and quantitative/qualitative data analysis 
  • Evaluating information and advisory skills 
  • Languages 
  • Public and social policy 
  • Social and global justice 
  • International relations 
  • Presentation and editing skills 
  • Teamwork, time management and self-organisation 
  • Debating and negotiation 
  • Networking and liaison 
  • Parliament and UK politics, plus local government 
  • NGOs and advocacy groups 
  • Environmental policy and climate change 
  • Politics of race and gender 
  • Political economy 
  • Critical and evaluative thinking 
  • Defence industry 
  • Knowledge of the EU 
  • Reflective learning and utilising constructive feedback

Examples of placement roles

  • Social Impact Researcher
  • Business Development Officer
  • Political Research Officer
  • Marketing and PR Officer 
  • Events and Campaigns Assistant 
  • Strategy and Commissioning Assistant 
  • Partnerships and Networking Assistant 
  • Global Conflict Resolution Intern 
  • Statistical Analyst and Researcher 
  • Defence Against Terrorism Analyst 
  • Funding Bids Writer

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A small sample of our recent partners

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Faculty of Social Sciences

University of Nottingham
University Park

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 2356