Useful links: Work experience

This page will provide you with useful links when trying to find work experience. To the right is a short video with tips about contacting employers in your quest to find work experience.

Work experience and voluntary opportunities (UK)

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

All About Careers – Information and jobs website detailed information across 24 industry sectors.

Everything you wanted to know – Sponsorship, placement and graduate opportunities.

Graduate Jobs : Internships – Internships & Work Placements listings.

Graduate Talent Pool – Connecting graduate skills to businesses. Graduate Talent Pool is a government initiative that can help you kickstart your career by searching and applying for internships posted by employers.

Placement UK – UK-based European undergraduate student placement organisation, offering student internships in a wide range of fields.

TARGETjobs – TARGETjobs internships and work experience search

The Year in Industry – The Year in Industry provides talented young people with paid, degree-relevant work placements in the year out before or during their university course.


BUNAC – A not-for-profit organisation that specialises in sending young people on working holidays and volunteer projects.

BTCV – a range of volunteering opportunities.

Do It – National database of volunteering opportunities in the UK.

National Council for Voluntary Youth Services – works to inform and influence public policy and raise the profile of the voluntary and community sectors work with young people.


Travellers World Wide – is a leading international provider of voluntary placements overseas.

Volunteering England – Volunteering England works to support and increase in the quality, quantity, impact and accessibility of volunteering throughout England.

Volunteering Wales – Search for an opportunity in your area.

UNA exchangeUNA Exchange promotes and supports international understanding, cultural exchange and community development.

VCS CymruVCS Cymru is the operating name of Voluntary Community Service (Cymru) – a registered charity which runs the Cardiff Volunteer Centre and has been working to match potential volunteers with opportunities to help in Cardiff since 1964.

Volunteer Cardiff – Voluntary Community Service, often referred to as VCS, is the Volunteer Centre for the county of Cardiff.

Work experience and voluntary opportunities (abroad)

Work experience placements

Prospects – country-specific information – Find out about working and studying in over 50 countries throughout the world.

Ancer Recruitment – work placements for catering, travela and tourism and hospitality students.

BUNAC – A not-for-profit organisation that specialises in sending young people on working holidays and volunteer projects.

InternOptions – Work Placements and Internships in Australia and New Zealand

AIESEC – An international student organisation which provides its members with an integrated development experience.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) – US international education organisation whose programmes allow university students and educators to study and teach abroad.

The Association for International Practical Training (AIPT) – Provides educational and professional exchange experiences.

The European Centre for Training and Regional Co-operation (ectarc) – Promotes exchanges between the regions of Europe to encourage language learning and the exchange of knowledge.

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) – Practical training exchange programme.

The Leonardo da Vinci programme – Opportunities for those involved in vocational education and training.

Europe Internship – Placements and Internships around Europe.

Rate My Placement – Search for placements by sector and/or degree discipline

Top Internships – A site dedicated to undergraduate, graduate internships and placements

Voluntary and gap year

Unilife Connect – Unilife Connect is the careers service online vacancy database where you can search for graduate, work experience/placement job vacancies and an employer directory.

AFS Intercultural ProgramsAFS provides intercultural learning and volunteer opportunities for students, young adults, teachers and families through international exchange.

Bunac – A not-for-profit organisation that specialises in sending young people on working holidays and volunteer projects.

CCUSA (Camp Counselors USA)CCUSA is an international provider of summer camp jobs, work and travel experiences, and volunteer adventures in the USA and around the world.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) – The purpose of the FCO is to work for the UK’s interests in a safe, just and prosperous world. – Independent advice on gap years, for people of all ages. – Gap year guides, advice, suggestions and help.

Global Vision International – conservation projects overseas.

Global Volunteer Network (GVN)GVN offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects throughout the world.

International Voluntary Service – Charity involving volunteers in international exchanges.

Lattitude Global Volunteering – unique experience of voluntary work placements for young people around the world.

Prospects – country-specific information – Find out about working and studying in over 50 countries throughout the world.

Raleigh International – community and environmental projects around the world.

Red Cross volunteering – How to sign up for volunteering with the well-known worldwide organisation.

UNA ExchangeUNA Exchange offers opportunities to volunteer in more than 50 countries worldwide.

VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas)VSO is an international development charity that works through volunteers.

World Service Enquiry – European charity providing information about careers in international development and aid.

Year Out Group – Information on voluntary projects overseas in different countries and in the UK, plus advice on planning your year out or career break.