Develop skills that are valued by employers by taking a summer internship, a placement year or by gaining part-time and casual work while you study.


Placements offer you the opportunity to put your skills into practice, build up your professional network, develop your commercial awareness, and potentially be fast-tracked to a graduate job.

Placement Year

Open to undergraduate and integrated masters students, our Placement Year gives you a structured work experience opportunity that is integrated into your studies and is recognised within your degree title.

Embarking on a work placement will give you a practical insight into the graduate labour market, develops your skills and increases your chance of acquiring a graduate-level role on leaving your studies. Our Placement Year is designed to enhance your employability by building self-awareness and developing your skills during, and through the reflection of, a minimum of 9 months experience in a work-based context.

Discover our Placement Year programme.

Year in industry

Some departments offer a year in industry as part of your degree, giving you the chance to gain hands-on industry experience specific to your area of study. This might be an industry placement in the UK or a study abroad placement.

Search for a course with a year in industry.


We offer paid project-based internships with local employers, exclusively for York students. Internships and work experience can offer the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and gain insight into a particular job or industry.

Past internships have included developing a marketing strategy for Castle Howard or work with the National Bee Unit at the Food and Environment Agency - visit our Student Internship Bureau for help and advice.

Part-time paid work

You might want a part-time job to gain more experience, learn new skills and strengthen your CV, or to contribute towards your study costs. Whatever your situation, our Careers team is on hand to offer help and advice, and answer your questions about working part-time during your studies.

Finding work

There are opportunities that directly compliment your degree, such as assisting or participating in University research, but be open-minded when you are looking for a part-time job. You may think that working in shops, bars or restaurants won’t be valued by graduate employers, but this is not true. Employers look for candidates who thrive in any work situation and value the transferable skills you will develop: customer service, time management and communication skills, plus commercial awareness. The City of York also offers unique and exciting job opportunities: you could join the team of actors at York Dungeon, become a city tour guide, or channel your inner viking at the Jorvik Viking Centre.

As a student, you will have access to our Careers Gateway ( login required) where we advertise all part-time and temporary job vacancies we receive from employers. In addition, there are many other sources for finding part-time and temporary work in the UK.

University employment

There are opportunities for paid temporary work at the University, open to all students to apply for:

International students

Work regulations and/or visa restrictions may apply if you are an international student wanting to work during your studies.