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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, the majority of 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. During this time the student is employed by the host organisation with the relevant University Placement contact offering support before and during the placement.

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 placement year opportunities.

To discuss opportunities through the Careers & Placements Placement Year option please contact

To discuss placement opportunities through a Department Year In Industry programme please contact the relevant department through the contact details to the right of this page.

Why Recruit a Placement Student?

The University of York offers research-led, high-quality teaching with an international profile and strong links with business. We develop intelligent, entrepreneurial and highly employable graduates. Placement students provide tangible benefits to your organisation through their versatility, skills and enthusiasm. They also provide the value and low risk approach of the placement schemes and the added benefit of promoting your company, and your ethos, to the next generation of the workforce.

Benefits to your business include:

  • Recruit from a wide range of student talent from across all of our world class academic departments
  • The opportunity to engage the skills, enthusiasm and cutting edge thinking of a York student for up to 12 months
  • Provides a strong pipeline for graduate recruitment
  • Offers a cost effective, low risk solution for your business needs
  • Peace of mind of employing quality and well supported students
  • Promotes your organisational values and culture to the graduate market

Hire a Work placement student

The University and our departments offering work placements have excellent links with industry and a strong grasp of industry priorities. Our aim is to reduce the effort and cost usually required during the selection process via a comprehensive service which covers:

  • Project Scoping
  • Expertise in advert & job description writing
  • Pro-active marketing of your vacancy
  • Shortlisting & arranging interviews
  • Pre-placement Support
  • On-placement support
  • Arranging company visits/talks
  • Dedicated point of contact for queries
  • Management procedures in-place to address issues

Support for your recruitment

We are here to make the process of recruiting a placement student as simple as possible so please do get in touch if we can support you in any way. For more information visit Careers' Employers placement webpages.

Further information

Careers & Placements
Placement Year (University wide)

Department of Biology

Department of Chemistry

Department of Computer Science

Department of Electronics

Department of Politics

Department of Physics

Environment Department

The York Management School