Internships and work experience

High quality work experience including structured internships or a placement year will help you to stand out from the crowd, and show employers that you have the skills, knowledge and experience they need. 

There's great information to get started here General work experience (PDF  , 543kb)  For specific information about work experience in different job sectors see our information sheets.

Part time work and volunteering can also offer great opportunities for experience and skills development.

If you are coming to the end of your course, it's still not to late to get the work experience you need - check the Graduate Internships section of Graduate vacancies (PDF  , 895kb)

Student Internship Bureau 

As well as advertising hundreds of opportunities from external companies, we arrange exciting paid internships exclusively for our students and graduates through our Student Internship Bureau (SIB).

Find them in Careers Gateway - under the Exclusive Opportunities @York tab. 

Who to contact

Useful links

Already got work experience? Share your experience to inspire other students! 


To advertise your internship vacancies, see our employer pages.

International students

If you're an international student there may be regulations that affect the kind of work you can undertake whilst you are studying. See the Working during your studies page for more information.

If you’d like to do work experience relating to your degree after your studies you can do this short-term with your Tier 4 visa. If you want to work for more that four months after graduating, you will need to apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker (Government Authorised Exchange) visa. Our Tier 5 toolkit can help you to understand the visa, find and apply for opportunities, and find a sponsor.

What else can I do?

TargetJobs has some great suggestions to get you thinking about the many ways you can get experience, including information on Graduate Internships 

You can find more sources of graduate internships listed on Graduate vacancies (PDF  , 895kb)

The following books are available for reference in Careers.

  • Brilliant intern: how to get the best internships and make them count, Andrew Scherer
  • Brilliant workplace skills for students and graduates, Bill Kirton
  • Work placement: a survival guide for students, Christine Fanthome.

6 things to do now

  1. Check for summer internship vacancies - some recruitment deadlines are very early in the academic year
  2. See the Job sector pages for additional vacancy sites
  3.  Check Part time work and volunteering opportunities
  4. First year students - explore employer insight days (search on Careers Gateway)
  5. Update your profile in Careers Gateway "Like" our Facebook page for the job sector/s you are interested in and the Student Internship Bureau Facebook page
  6. Use our resources to prepare a CV and have it reviewed in an appointment