Placements and internships

To help you become a future leader, we offer a range of opportunities outside your course to enrich your career prospects and help you gain transferable skills and fund your studies.

Here at Southampton you will have many opportunities to develop the key transferable skills that are vital for success in today’s competitive global employment market. Your academic qualifications are crucial; however, it is often the skills you develop alongside your studies that give you that competitive edge when looking for a job.

Our students have excellent opportunities to take up paid placements with leading companies which are regularly seeking the skills and expertise provided by Southampton degrees. Placement opportunities provided by the University’s Excel Southampton Placement Programme include three-month internships ranging from IT and engineering to the advertising, publishing, legal and not-for-profit sectors.

Organisations that have offered our students placements include the Crown Prosecution Service, Microsoft, Ransom Publishing, Santander, Thales and Pfizer. We also host internships here at the University, ranging from laboratory research projects to placements in our professional services, such as finance or communications and marketing.

We asked three of our student interns to talk about their experiences on their course and during their placement.

Beckie Brown, BSc Management

Amy Hayward, BSc (Hons) History

Vitor Forté, BSc (Hons) Modern Languages

Find out more about placements and internships.

"I've learned a huge range of new skills and applied them in a workplace setting... my experience at Southampton has definitely equipped me for the real world."

Beckie Brown, BSc Management
Laboratory research placement

Laboratory research placement

Placement opportunities include three-month internships ranging from IT and engineering to the advertising, publishing, legal and not-for-profit sectors.