Advertising work experience opportunities

Our Careers Service handles a wide variety of work opportunities for students. We have an Employer Engagement Team who are often the first point of contact for employers.

We recognise the benefits of good work experience. We aim to help employers to advertise appropriate opportunities to our students.

Summer internships

The University vacation period is between the end of May and September. Many students would welcome a summer internship related to their degree subject. The University of Strathclyde has four faculties:

  • Business
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Science

Exams are over by the end of May and the academic year resumes in September.

Sandwich / industrial placements

We are aware many employers now offer one-year sandwich / industrial placement programmes for students.

Strathclyde has two undergraduate courses where students undertake a one-year placement as part of their degree. These courses are Chemistry and Software Engineering. Academic staff organise these student placements. 

Students who wish to take a year out of their course to undertake an industrial placement can apply to their academic department to do so. The decision lies with the academic department, not with the Careers Service.

Sandwich / industrial placements take place anytime between summer and the September of the following year when students return to their studies. If your vacancy extends beyond September, you may wish to consider advertising the vacancy as a fixed-term post.

Summer vacation work

We welcome summer vacancies from employers all over the UK and beyond. Many students are keen to explore new locations during the summer. Summer vacancies can be full-time or part-time. 

If your vacancy is from outside the central Scotland area, provide information on whether you can help find accommodation. If your vacancy is outside the UK, give a statement of wages for the student.

Also, clarify the cost of the following details: accommodation, travel insurance, health insurance, travel to the country, local travel costs, visa costs (if required). If you provide help with any of the above, state this on your advert. 

Gap year

Some students may take a year out of their studies for academic or personal reasons and may therefore be available to work during the year on either a full-time or part-time basis. A student on a year out from University would be required to start classes again in the following September.

Volunteer opportunities

Voluntary work can be a great way to develop new skills as well as a chance to give something back to the community. It may also be the only way for some students to get relevant work experience. We welcome vacancies from voluntary organisations, but will only advertise them on behalf of registered charities.