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Finding work experience

This is our guide that provides information and advice about vacation work and work experience, including:

  • internships
  • vacation work
  • volunteering
  • boosting your employability
  • planning early for graduate jobs.

Please view it online (campus only) or come in to collect a copy.

Hard-copy information about finding work experience and gap year opportunities can be found in the maroon Work Experience Plus and purple Gap Year files in the Careers Service's information room.

Vacancy listings

View work experience vacancy listings on MyFuture.

Opportunities are published all year round and include:

  • internships, vacation and other work experience (including gap years)
  • sandwich placements
  • undergrad sponsorship
  • employer open days and courses
  • employer competitions.

There are paid and voluntary types of work experience opportunities. You can use the 'Search Opportunities' box on your MyFuture homepage to specify what kind of opportunities you want to see.

Your search can be narrowed down by using the free-text field, selecting the type of opportunity you are looking for from the drop-down list and specifying the location of the opportunity.

Use 'More Search Options' to further filter your search by employer industry, career option, contract type and contract hours. Your search results will be listed in order of date added to the system.

Finding work experience in the South West

See the page on job-hunting by UK region for information to help with this.

Funding for your work experience

There is no easy way to secure financial support to help you get work experience. However, there are two possible sources within the University which you may want to explore:

  • Discretionary Internship Bursary
    Go to the bottom of the page to see key details and a link to eligibility criteria.
    These are for UK Home undergraduates to undertake activities which are outside the sandwich placement scheme. Example activities include internships, research or project related opportunities and voluntary placements.
  • Alumni Fund Placement Grants
    Go to the second half of the page to see key details and links to the application form and guidance notes.
    These are for students to undertake any off-campus activity which will enhance your career prospects or contribute something extra, or which is not usually part of your degree studies.
    You would be unlikely to get a grant to cover study-based activities, but the fund managers may be able to consider funding for current students to do work placements (paid or voluntary) of one month or more which do not form part of a sandwich placement e.g. vacation internships.

You can try searching for potential funding sources using the University Library or public library resources related to grants and funding.

It's possible that you may also find some relevant leads in the funding resources in our catalogue, but bear in mind that these have been selected for their relevance to funding for further study, not work experience.