Work placements

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Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. All of our undergraduates have an opportunity to take a work placement year, usually between second and third year, and in some cases you may be able to take two placements.

The University has links with a variety of organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and overseas.

Dedicated staff across the School and University will support you in finding and applying for suitable placement opportunities. If you would like to find your own placement, we’ll offer advice and support to ensure it is a suitable placement opportunity.

Work experience as you study

You may decide to work during the University holidays or part-time during the year to gain valuable experience. The University offers a range of exclusive short-term internships with a range of employers and there are often opportunities on campus too. 

Volunteering is another way to develop valuable skills and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, including being on the committee for your halls of residence, working on a Leeds University Union community project or volunteering for a charity in the Leeds vicinity. 

Megan Fryer English and Comparative Literature (Industrial)

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After graduation I'll start work with an events agency. My work placement year, extra-curricular activities and course have all contributed to my employability and I've formulated a well-rounded CV, demonstrating an enthusiasm for new ventures, a capability to learn quickly and apply new knowledge effectively.
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