How I got my placement: Student Engagement Intern at University of Leeds


Charlotte (right) with colleague Laura (matching outfits optional!)

Charlotte is a final year Business Management student at Leeds, currently undertaking a part-time, term-time only placement with the Work Placement team at the University of Leeds, through the Leeds Internship Programme

I’m a final year Business Management student here at Leeds. I work with the Work Placement team in the Careers Centre as a Student Engagement Intern, a part-time term-time role working here on campus. My role gets me involved with lots of different projects, my favourite bits being co-ordinating some of the social media accounts and marketing efforts as well as helping out with events and other ad-hoc activities.

My experience:

Last year, I completed an industrial placement year, working in the Waitrose Press Office. My role as Communications Assistant centred around managing Waitrose’s press coverage, press releases and relationships with many key contacts as well as helping out with wider team projects such as press events and campaigns. I had an amazing year and couldn’t recommend more that students undertake an internship or placement year during their degree, as it gave me a wealth of great experience and helped me develop loads of transferable skills which have helped me manage my time better in final year.

Finding this role:

I really loved working in that area and wanted to continue my experience when I came back to Leeds for my final year, so started looking early in the new year for a part-time job involving social media, marketing and communications.

It was actually a really busy time on my placement when I started hunting for a part-time role, so I was really lucky to find this job so quickly. I came across the vacancy on the university’s careers search website and couldn’t wait to apply. As soon as I saw the opportunity I loved the idea of it, everything involved was very similar to my placement with some extra marketing bits – just what I was looking for. I found applying a really quick process, it was an application form and additional CV and covering letter, which I made sure was targeted to the position. Looking back now, I’d say it would have been a good idea to get my CV & application checked at the Careers Centre, I was down in Reading so I didn’t have the option to pop in- but now know I could have received online advice through MyCareer.

What’s good about a Campus Internship?

The Leeds Internship Programme is exclusive to students here at Leeds University, positions are very well paid and for the part time Campus Internships you can work your hours around your studies/deadlines, which has all been so handy. They allow students to gain valuable, exciting experience working on campus in various departments & faculties roles can be placement years, summer internships or like my role, part-time term-time work.

As a campus intern getting to and from work is easy, and I have flexibility to come in around my classes to make the most of my time, continuing to gain interesting, relevant experience and building skills whilst studying. As a Student Engagement Intern, my role surrounds increasing interest and awareness of our schemes, which involves a lot of social media and marketing communications – a really fun thing to do for work! I also find having a role where I am involved and entrusted with key projects really drives me. Working alongside my final year studies is pretty challenging, yet really motivating and it keeps me organised and managing my time well to stay ahead in both university and work. Being paid to get involved with something you really enjoy whilst completing your degree is great, and an opportunity not many people get to do.

This year’s campus based internships are currently being advertised; there are 24 opportunities (a mix of summer internships and placement year opportunities) across a range of departments and services at the University.  You can view and apply for campus-based opportunities on the main University jobs site here .

Applications for many, although not all, of this year’s campus internships close on 14th March 2018.

In addition to the campus based opportunities, the Leeds Internship programme works with various other employers, locally and nationally, including public, private and third sector organisations to offer a wide range of placements and internships exclusively to University of Leeds students.  Register your interest here to be kept updated of new opportunities (scroll down and click “Register interest”).

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