Types of Placement

On-Course Placements

Some degrees and masters courses include a work placement. These operate in a number of ways e.g. a block placement of 2 weeks, or a series of days spread across a number of weeks or months. Students often undertake a specific project for the organisation e.g. conducting research, organising an event, producing publicity and promotional material or creating/updating a website. In this way the placement can be of significant benefit to the organisation.

Internships and Sandwich Placements

The word “internships” is used in different ways:

  • A summer or Easter vacation placement lasting for anything from 2 weeks to 3 months,
  • A year-long placement typically undertaken between students’ second and third year of study. This is also known as a sandwich placement.

Internships are usually paid and offer both the organisation and students a chance to complete a wide range of work. It is an ideal opportunity for organisations to see what a graduate might add to the company, with many employers using internships as a method of recruitment.

Graduate Internships

These are available for new or recent graduates and typically last between 3 to 6 months. Graduate interns who do a job that would otherwise be done by an employee should be paid.

Last updated on Last updated on Was this page helpful? Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Please tell us more: