Get work experience while you study

Get experience, grow your networks and demonstrate your skills to employers by engaging with our work-based learning opportunities from the moment you arrive.

Use our career zone platform to search for and apply to opportunities.

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Paid internships (funded internship scheme)

Our funded internship scheme provides students with the opportunity to work in exciting and varied internship roles both at the university and with our external partners.

You can earn while you learn - internships are part-time and flexible to fit in with your studies.

This is a great way to explore new career options, expand your network and get a reference for your next role.

You will also receive mentoring and advice about how to translate this experience onto your CV/LinkedIn profile.


A placement is an opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

The placement options available will depend on the course. Options for embedded placements include year-long sandwich placements and shorter placement modules which form part of the course.

We also promote a range of extra-curricular placements, giving students the opportunity to gain work experience and boost their employability skills.

Students can get 1 to 1 support from Career Coaches and Placement Officers as well as have the chance to attend careers workshops covering topics such as how to write a CV, cover letter and personal statement, interview skills, how to find a placement and much more.

Students are supported to source their placements and can view placement opportunities on the Career Zone jobs board.

Industry projects

Industry Projects involve students working in small groups on a live business challenge.

Organisations provide the project brief and are on hand for light touch support and agreed checkpoints for the duration of the project. Students also receive academic support.

Upon completion, students will present their findings and recommendations in the format that has been requested by the project sponsor.

This is a great way to get hands on experience and understand employer expectations.

Freelance roles

We are here to support the growing numbers of students & graduates who wish to be freelancers.

We embed learning on how to be self-employed and freelance across our six schools providing you with the vital skills you need to be successful.

Workshops and one-to-one sessions are also bookable and available to all students and recent graduates.

To support this, we have recently launched a marketplace that supports students who wish to try freelancing for the first time.

We help students find a range of roles from sports coaching, IT consulting, to creative disciplines such as film & animation.

Voluntary work

Volunteering is an opportunity for students or graduates to volunteer with a charity or not for profit organisation to gain the skills, experience and confidence they need for the world of work.

Volunteering is about giving the time and skills without pay, for the benefit of others, the local community and oneself.

We work with a range of charitable organisations to provide exciting opportunities to develop skills and experience whist making a difference.

Virtual Internships

We offer a range of virtual or simulated online internships for students to build their employability skills and experience what it’s like to work at various world-leading companies from the comfort of their home.

This is a great way to prepare for work experience opportunities.

Access global opportunities

GoinGlobal is an online jobs platform with a difference. As well as helping students to find job opportunities both at home and abroad, students can access employer directories, search for internships and read careers guides packed with useful information. To access the platform students can log into the Career Zone .

Temporary work on campus

Randstad is an onsite recruitment agency who help students gain the support they need to find employment, both while at university and beyond.

They offer advice and support in helping students to source:

  • paid part time
  • full time
  • temporary
  • permanent roles

Get some valuable experience, earn some money and have the competitive edge to help students and graduates stand out from the crowd.

Sign up for temporary work

What our students and partners say

The scheme has been great for us and the students, and UEL supported us through the recruitment process. The students we interviewed were all great candidates and we have now taken on one of our interns full-time. I would encourage businesses to take part - it's a great way to source talent for your organisation and to support students with the experience they need alongside their studies.

Mayor's Fund for London

The funded internship scheme was the perfect was for me to get relevant work in the creative industry from employers that take pride in nurturing my talent. I constantly remind my peers of the vast opportunities available at UEL and the funded internship scheme is always the first thing I mention.


UEL Student

I've completed two internships during my time at UEL. One in first year, and another in second year. I've found both internships beneficial and valuable to  my personal development. My favourite aspect of the internships was the mentoring scheme. Having someone to relay my plans and goals to was incredible and really helped me solidify my plans. I would definitely recommend the internship scheme to any UEL student.


UEL Student

The UEL Internship Scheme provides an opportunity to engage with talented students, introducing new ideas and skills to our business. This year, we invited a UEL Creative Writing student, to join our marketing and operations team. Following a successful internship, we were pleased to offer him a permanent role.

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