Work experience

You’ll have the opportunity to get work experience while studying at Leeds – making you more employable when you graduate. You could do a 12-month work placement, a summer internship or a volunteering placement. 

Work experience will help you to develop your commercial awareness, learn how to build professional relationships and push your personal boundaries. It’s a great way to help you decide what kind of career you want when you graduate.

Leeds is in the top 10 most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters

A year in industry

Most of our courses offer you the opportunity to do a one-year work placement. Placements are available at prestigious organisations such as Goldman Sachs, Opera North, French Connection and Unilever, as well as small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and not-for-profit organisations. You could work within the public, private or voluntary sector either in the UK or overseas.

We can provide you with help and guidance to secure a placement that’s right for you. You’ll also receive support from us to reflect on and evaluate your placement.


You could undertake short periods of work experience during University holidays, or part-time during the academic year, giving you valuable work experience alongside your studies. We offer students a range of exclusive internships with employers such as Unilever, as well as opportunities on campus. We can also provide you with support to find and apply for other internship opportunities.


Volunteering is a great way to broaden your experience, meet new people and develop valuable skills. There are over 1,000 opportunities for you to get involved in. You can volunteer in the local community as well as internationally through our students' union societies. From supporting young carers in Leeds to teaching in a rural Cambodian school, find a volunteering scheme to suit you by accessing the MyCareer portal

Our Students into Schools scheme supports over 350 students to work in local primary and secondary schools as tutors or mentors.

Our Leeds for Life Foundation grants can help fund you to set up your own project using your energy, passion and commitment to develop your skills while also benefiting others. Projects can be local, or based anywhere in the UK or overseas.