Work and Voluntary Experience Services

Engaging with a student on a short term basis or for a year could significantly benefit your business.

Employing a placement student

  • Students bring expertise that could add value to your business
  • Students are an effective way of securing additional resource and putting it where you need it
  • Students bring enthusiasm, passion and cutting edge knowledge
  • Students bring the opportunity for you to gain from networking with a leading Business School

Take on an undergraduate student

Sandwich year placements

Would you like to benefit from employees who are intelligent, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, quick to learn and eager to contribute? If so you can employ an Undergraduate student from any of our business based programmes for one year.

"Organisations of all types have been shown to gain from employing high quality students, future talent and the diversity that students can offer."

Chris Blackburn
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Faculty
Oxford Brookes University Business School

How does it work?

To gain university approval, a placement has to be a real job with responsibilities at semi-graduate level. In return, you will get what our students are capable of delivering. You don't even have to provide 'placement projects'. The student must provide evidence to us - through placement coursework and a presentation - of the value they have added to your organisation and their own self-development.

The recruitment process is the same as you would employ for any other position. The major advantage is that we offer you a pool of potential candidates, and a placements team to help you advertise, recruit and fully support the placement.

There are no fees or costs to you beyond the salary paid to the student during their placement. Salaries tend to be pitched at a rate that is consistent with local independent living costs and is likely to suggest your expectation of performance.

We contact or visit students and their managers early in the placement to make sure both parties maximise the gain from the experience, and we make an assessment visit at the end of the placement. All new placement employers in the UK may receive a visit from us in the first few months of the placement.

To find out more about the placement scheme, or to advertise a vacancy to our students, contact the .

"Lee will be a hard act to follow and we hope he considers Panasonic for his first steps on the full time career path."

Sales and Marketing Manager
Panasonic UK

Opportunities to take on students with experience

MBA consultancy projects

The MBA is the pinnacle of taught Higher Education study in business. Students on the programme have at least three years' senior management experience and have developed excellent practical and analytical skills across the business area. Any business can benefit from working with our high calibre MBA teams supporting your current organisational strategic needs. Students have previously delivered projects such as revenue growth, commercialisation and marketing and recruitment strategies. These projects start in March and end early September.

Group research projects

MSc Marketing students are available for twelve week group research projects, focusing on the marketing needs of your organisation. Past projects include low listening figures for a local radio station and identifying new products for a bakery. Students are available from February to March.

MSc International Management students

Work placement: Master's students are offered the choice to complete a work placement part time from February to April. This is an independent research project and examples of this would be a market research project or feasibility study.

Work-based project: Master's students are assigned an academic and a workplace mentor as they undertake a substantial piece of research within an organisation. The 'issue' could be a problem that the organisation is currently encountering or their search for further strategic choices. The timescale of this type of project is flexible but would normally last around eight weeks.

Postgraduate Internships

Internships provide a great opportunity for employers to assess the quality, calibre, drive and fit of potential postgraduate recruits.

NB. It is expected that host organisations will pay reasonable expenses to students engaged on projects and consultancies.

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We now offer employers the opportunity to upload their positions free of charge. To register your organisation and upload a placement position, please click here.




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