External opportunities

Finding internships

There are many organisations who help students find work experience placements/internships. Some are specific to the West Midlands while others are national and international. Before searching for internships read out Internship Toolkit for advice on securing placements and how to make the most of them.

West Midlands internship opportunities

Keele University Graduate Internships  www.keele.ac.uk/internships
Keele University's Graduate Internship Scheme offers graduates the opportunity to gain vital experience needed to develop your skills and knowledge in order to stand out in the job market.

Graduate Advantage www.graduateadvantage.co.uk/
Offering roles in the West Midlands, opportunities exist across all business sectors including art & design, marketing, sales, IT and science and engineering.

National internship opportunities

Bright Networks - https://www.brightnetwork.co.uk/internship-experience-uk/
In response to the challenges brought about by COVID-19, Bright Network is bringing together world leading employers and top educators for a series of three-day virtual experiences. Open to students and recent graduates, it’s your opportunity to discover career paths, meet employers and boost your employability. Be proactive this summer.

Careers and Employability Internship Database https://careerhub.keele.ac.uk/students/jobs
Careers and Employability advertises work placements and internships online. These can be based both local and national. Click on the above link and then select 'type of work' as work experience or internship.

Graduate Talent Pool  graduatetalentpool.direct.gov.uk 
Aims to provide internships to those who graduated in 2012, 2013 and 2014 along with students about to graduate in 2015. Opportunities exist across all employment sectors and across the UK.

STEP Programme  www.step.org.uk
Launched in 1999 STEP offers paid opportunities to work on real business projects throughout the UK with both undergraduate and graduate opportunities .

Year in Industry  www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry
The Year in Industry offers students the option of a 12-month, paid work placement between years 2 and 3 of their degree. Go to the website for further details including undergraduate case studies.

EmployAbility  www.employ-ability.org.uk
EmployAbility is the not-for-profit organisation that facilitates and manages the selection and recruitment for disability inclusive employers seeking to attract and recruit disabled people onto internships, graduate programmes and other permanent roles.

Prospects work experience  www.prospects.ac.uk
Allows you to search for work placements.

Targetjobs targetjobs.co.uk/work-experience
Benefits and practicalities of getting work experience.

StudentJobUK www.studentjob.co.uk
A specialised online job portal for part-time work, internships and summer work.

Employment4Students www.e4s.co.uk
Search for part time, vacation jobs and internships nationwide.

RateMyPlacement www.ratemyplacement.co.uk
RateMyPlacement is the UK's leading website for undergraduate work experience.


Council on International Educational Exchange  www.ciee.org
Mostly summer vacation work.

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) www.iaeste.org
Aimed at science students, details of long and short term placements abroad.

Anywork Anywhere  www.anyworkanywhere.com
Advertises jobs and voluntary opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

Voluntary Service Overseas   www.vso.org.uk
Major overseas volunteering organisation.

Camp Leaders www.campleaders.com/gb
Opportunities to work at summer camps in the USA.

CRCC Asia www.crccasia.com
Internship opportunities in China.

Teach English In China (TEIC) www.teic.co.uk
A salaried year abroad, teaching English.

Footprints http://www.footprintsrecruiting.com
A recruiter that specialises in placing graduates into teaching roles abroad.