Placements page

USW Placements

There are a range of work placement opportunities available and there are many websites and approaches you can use to help you find work placements. Below is information on what types of placements there are, the benefits of working in a placement and how to find a placement that’s right for you.

Types of work placements available

  • Company visits and insight days – Visit an organisation to gain an insight and understanding of the variety of roles on offer.
  • Work shadowing – Observational activity allowing you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of a specific role.
  • Short term placements/Internships – Up to 3 months duration, that can be offered on a flexible basis.
  • Live projects – Negotiated pieces of work, either undertaken on an individual or group basis.
  • Industrial placements/Internships – Up to 12 months duration, typically taken as the penultimate year of study.
  • Volunteering – Unpaid period of work in the third sector.

Benefits of undertaking a work placement

Here are some of the benefits of undertaking a work placement:

  • Stand out from the crowd – If you have relevant work experience, you’ll really have the edge over other graduates
  • Meet people – You’ll meet lots of new people, develop essential professional contacts and build your confidence in the workplace
  • Put knowledge into practice – You’ll use the theory you’ve learnt during your degree and see how the skills you’ve gained relate to the workplace
  • Earn some cash – More likely in longer work placements
  • Gain academic credits – Depending on your programme of study, the sandwich placement enables you to gain academic credits towards your degree
  • Enhance your final year grades – Using the skills and experience gained from your placement, you’re likely to improve your final year grades

How to proceed

  • Register for Unilife Connect  - Access graduate job vacancies, work experience, part-time jobs and careers events Visit Unilife Connect – The USW Careers Service’s vacancy system and search for work experience placements, internships and voluntary opportunities.
  • The University of South Wales have dedicated Careers Advisers and Work Placement Advisers for each Faculty, who maybe able to provide specialist advice and support.

Meet our Team

Click through to contact a work placement adviser in your faculty:

Faculty of Business & Society (FBS)
Business, Law, Accounting and Finance, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Placement Team:

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science (CES)
Computing and Mathematics, Engineering, Applied Sciences

Placement Team:

  • Karin Rees – Placement Partner – CES
  • Michael Saleh – Senior Work Placement Partner
  • Careers Adviser: Ruth Morgan

Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI)
Music and Performance, Media, Art and Design

Placement Team:

Faculty of Life Science & Education (LSE)
Psychology and Therapeutic Studies, Health, Sport and Professional Practice, Care Sciences, Education, Early Years and Social Work

Placement Team:

  • Gethyn Lewis Placement Partner – LSE
  • Careers Adviser: Rhiannon Pugh

For general placement enquiries email:
or to contact a Careers Adviser:

Work Placement searches

Below are a few sites to help you get started. In addition, find out about any suitable placement opportunities that may be available via your course or faculty.

Unilife Connect – The USW Careers Service’s vacancy system – search for work experience placements, internships and voluntary opportunities in Wales, the UK and overseas.

GO Wales – Under 25? Find work placements, tasters and work shadowing with GO Wales.

AnyIntern – Search and find all internships in the United Kingdom on the UK’s largest internship website, one search, all internships.

Employment 4 Students – Most visited UK student jobs website helping students find part time jobs, temporary job vacancies, internships & graduate jobs during Christmas & Summer.

Graduate Jobs : Internships – Internships & Work Placements listings.

Great with Disability – Find internship and job information.

Intern Avenue – We connect interns, graduates and employers. Find the very best internships and graduate jobs online!

Just Student Jobs Just Student Jobs is the #1 student job site helping UK students find all kinds of part time jobs, internships, placements and summer jobs for students.

LinkedIn Jobs – Search for jobs on LinkedIn, and read advice from thought leaders, view presentations, see examples, find experts, and browse other resources on finding a job.

Prospects Placements – Takes you directly to the search results for the current placements and internships advertised through Prospects.

Rate My Placement – Search for a range of placements by sector and/or degree discipline. Find a placement or internship; receive new opportunities by email; check out student-written reviews and the Top 100 Undergraduate Employers.

Step Programme – The Step Programme offers undergraduates and recent graduates a range of paid work experience opportunities.

Target Jobs – Target Jobs Work Experience Search

Links Related to Your Subject – A range of information, job and placement search links specific to your area of interest or study.

Careers Fairs and Events – You can find work experience placements by visiting careers fairs and events.

Work Experience Useful Links Page – If you want to delve further. This is a comprehensive listing of a broad range of work experience opportunities.

Join up with us online as jobs from Unilife Connect get posted to the newsfeeds regularly.

Making Contact

Before making contact with any employer take the time to read our guide for advice and tips on how to approach employers.
Your Guide to Contacting Employers

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