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Careers and Employability ServiceStudents

A placement, volunteering or work experience opportunity is an excellent way to help you stand out from the crowd. Not only will it enable you to develop many skills that graduate employers look for when recruiting, it will assist you in putting skills, developed through your degree, into practice.

Internships & Placements
Internships & Placements

According to The Graduate Market 2015, recruiters expect 31% of entry-level positions to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations. Obtaining work experience during your degree has never been more crucial.

Are you an enthusiastic and motivated University of Southampton student or recent graduate, wanting to gain valuable work experience in a particular career sector? Not only will work experience enable you to develop many skills that graduate employers look for when recruiting, it will also help you build a network of future contacts and assist you in evidencing your potential.

We offer a range of opportunities through the Excel Southampton Internship Programme - with over 400 paid internship opportunities. Student Consultancy provides business consultant experience, and the Year in Employment offers longer term placements. You can also find opportunities through Volunteering and Part-time Work. Postgraduate Research Internships are available for the doctoral research community.

For further information and current opportunities, please click the links below:

Excel Summer

Excel Southampton

4-12 week internship opportunities through the Excel Southampton Internship Programme

The Student Consultancy

Student Consultancy

8 week long project work with local businesses/organisations during term-time



Volunteering can be great for boosting your employability

Part Time Work

Part-Time Work

Find out about part-time employment and ways to find work

Additionally there are many resources available in our Resource Centre and online, for example:

Target Jobs - Work Experience, Internships and Placements

Prospects - Work Experience & Internships

RateMyPlacement - Guide to Internships

You can also visit our Jobs Board to find a number of short and long term placements offered by a variety of organisations who advertise vacancies with us. Don't forget that Volunteering and Part-Time Work can provide equally valuable work experience to add to your CV.

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