@Work Projects 2017 | Give your future prospects a boost this summer term


@Work Projects 2017

Undertake a team project this summer term and tackle a challenge for clients from heritage, education, government, media or charity, to gain experience linked to your degree. Applications to @Work 2017 have now closed, congratulations to all those who have a place in the projects. 

Only first and second year undergraduate students from English, Education, History of Art and Politics and first year History are eligible to apply, including joint honours. The programme is delivered collaboratively between these departments and Careers.


100% @Work students said it has been useful to their future

It is never too soon to start getting experience and exploring where your degree can take you. You can use @Work to:

  1. Apply for the York Award
  2. Grow your professional and social networks ( and add them on Linkedin)
  3. Build your CV - great way to get examples to apply for a summer internship 




What's involved?

What does an @Work project involve?

Your project will be to deliver a valuable output, be it a film, event, resource or report for your client. You will work from the brief as a starting point to develop the output.

Your client has worked with us to shape up the project briefs, to match the skills, knowledge and potential career interests of you, and of graduates from your disciplines, alongside their needs; so as a team you will provide a valuable piece of work with benefits for you and them. 

Your team will work together to achieve this over the 10 weeks of the summer term. 

Your facilitator will be a member of Careers or department staff, and will be in regular contact with your team to ensure that you stay on track, act as a sounding board for ideas, and help to liaise with your client.

Training and masterclasses throughout the term with alumni and employers will aide you in developing your ideas, building experience and gaining confidence in your skills.

Commitment required is approximately 30 hours over the term, this is flexible to be manageable alongside your studies - but it will require enthusiasm and commitment to make it happen. 



Spring term 

Week 5 -7: Applications open. 

Summer term

Week 1: Programme briefing. Meet your team and receive some advice and training to get started.

Week 4: Master classes. Gain insights and top tips from experts in the field related to your project, such as Teach First, the BBC or York Museums Trust.

Week 7: Dragons Den. You have 5 minutes to pitch your project plan to our Dragons, an interested but external panel, who help teams to make sure that their project plans are robust.

Week 7 -10: Project delivery. This is when you will do most of your project, after exams.

Week 10: Project debrief. Think about the skills you have learnt and review your project as a team and present final outcomes to partners.

What students say

What Students Say...

Find out more about what a team project entails, and how it will benefit you. Read the case studies below to see what previous volunteers have to say about their experiences.

Ben Bason, Making Local Papers Pay

“I wasn’t expecting to get as much business information about The Press from its editor as we did. When we went to meet him he was willing to share information in a lot of detail, and consequently the main thing I’ll take away from the project will be a great insight into the local print media industry which I hope will help me in later life.” 

Making Local Papers Pay, Ben Bason (PDF  , 249kb)

Natalie Cox, Danelaw Centre for Living History

"It looks like a lot of work, and, yes, it is. But it is so, so worth it, not only for your own experience and CV, but also for the difference you make. Definitely do it."

Danelaw Centre for Living History, Natalie Cox (PDF  , 235kb)

Harriet Gibson, Children’s University Chocolate Module

“Along with experience in a primary school classroom, I also benefitted from the free rein we were given, providing a more realistic experience of teaching from the usual work placements.  Planning the sessions gave an insight into the amount of work teachers have to do behind the scenes.” 

Children's University Chocolate Module, Harriet Gibson (PDF  , 252kb)

Lydia Mihailovic, Prison Fictions Marketing

"It was great being involved in such an interesting project that combined English Literature with current world issues, such as how to go about defining and ensuring human rights."

Lola Harre, York 800 York Stories

“The most significant aspect of the project for me was learning interview techniques - how to set people at ease and draw out their stories.  I often hear about the importance of ‘communication skills’, but I genuinely feel more confident after stepping outside my comfort zone and spending a few days engaging with complete strangers!” 

York 800 York Stories, Lola Harre (PDF  , 253kb)

Jasmine Sahu, Storytelling Festival

“I gained greater confidence in my own abilities, both in terms of working together with team members and with professionals in a more formal setting. We worked together, tackled any problems head on and the result was very positive.  I’ll never be daunted by taking on a challenge like that again.”

Storytelling Festival, Jasmine Sahu (PDF  , 243kb)

Henrietta Tompson, Festival of Ideas: What is a Villain? Schools Event

"I wanted to do something different that would include getting involved with the community, and working alongside other members of a team. I wanted to meet like-minded people and achieve something really worthwhile. It is also a great thing to have on your CV, because it develops so many different transferable skills."

Festival of Ideas: What is a Villain? School Event, Henrietta Thomson (PDF  , 318kb)


Who could you work with?

Here are some of our project clients

Impact 2016

Contact us: Careers Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Telephone: 01904 322688 

Email: volunteering@york.ac.uk

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