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Employing and working with students

The University of York is proud of its ability to produce top-level graduates who are well prepared to enter the professional world. A seedbed for regional, national and international employers, the University is committed to supporting its high-calibre students throughout their time here. York has recently been placed in top 25 UK Universities Targeted by the Largest Number of Top Employers (High-Fliers Report 2015-16).

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We participate in a range of student and employer-led activities around this area from our York Award to volunteering and student entrepreneurship schemes. Details of the various opportunities are available from the links below.

Meet and recruit students

We are very proud of the high quality of our students at York and we believe their ability, enthusiasm and focus makes them sought-after candidates for the most demanding graduate recruiters.

The University's Careers information for employers webpages provides all you need to know about ways to meet and recruit York Students, including: 

  • Advertising vacancies 
  • Student Internship Bureau
  • Fairs, presentations & events on campus
  • Supporting students and raising your profile
  • Recruiting international students and graduates

York Award

The York Award is our certificated programme of skills training supported by employers. It attracts our most motivated students and provides them with a framework for reflection on their work experience, personal interests and studies.

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The Student Internship Bureau offers employers the chance to engage the services of our enthusiastic and motivated students or recent graduates to help you address real projects in your organisation in a cost-effective and flexible way.


York is committed to supporting all students in taking up substantive work experience opportunities. Through York’s new Placement Year option (launched 2017/18) and existing Department Year In Industry programmes, all our students now have the opportunity to pursue a year in employment as part of their degree, offering employers the chance to recruit student talent from a breadth of disciplines.

Placement Years offers superb opportunities for companies to gain versatile, enthusiastic staff and can form the basis of a longer-term recruitment policy. We are keen to work with local, national and international employers that have the need to access talent and skills that can be adapted into year long placement opportunities. Careers & Placements can support you with placement scoping and with the recruitment process, short listing students on your behalf.  ‌

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Volunteering Service

The Volunteering Unit co-ordinates community projects and volunteering opportunities throughout the year.

Student Enterprise at York

Our enterprise team provides students with opportunities to develop their enterprise skills, as well as focused support and funding for student entrepreneurs wanting to start their own businesses.

Contact details

Employer Engagement Team

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322498