Placement Years, Internships and Work Experience

Enhance your employability with professional experience

Here at University of Suffolk, we know how important it is that students have access to high quality work-based and work-related learning opportunities, relevant to their course of study. There are a number of options whether it's a placement year, a shorter duration internship, work experience over a holiday period or even part time work alongside your studies. Some courses also include work based learning modules which incorporate opportunities for work experience, often in level 5 (usually your second year, or third year if you are following a Foundation Year course). Scroll down to find out more about the different options available.

If you join us and haven't opted for a course with placement year and later feel it is something you'd like to do, then please speak to your Course Leader or the Placement Consultant aligned to your school find out if it is possible. 

We'll list as many opportunities as we can on our Jobs Board, so we strongly recommend that students check this regularly. The Jobs Board is part of our FutureMe platform which is also packed full of advice, guidance and handy tools to support your applications and future career. 

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Placement Years


Spend your third year gaining professional experience before returning to campus to complete your final year. 


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Shorter or part time opportunities to gain valuable professional experience. Can be completed during holiday periods. 


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Short term paid opportunities for students at University of Suffolk, Ipswich Campus. 

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Did you know you can get one to one support with your applications for placements or internships as well as once you start applying for graduate roles. 

Inspiring Futures Fund

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Here to help students access extra-curricular work experience and professional development opportunities.

Are you a business wanting to offer a placement opportunity?

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We are keen to hear from organisations who would like to offer students opportunities for work placements or internships. Limited funding available for internships. 

Meet the Placement and Internships Team

You can book an appointment with our Placement Consultants to help you with applications.

Cathy Johnson joined the Careers, Employability and Entrepreneurship team in February 2023 and is aligned to the School of EAST. Cathy supports students through the Placement process, from searching and applying for Professional Placements (Sandwich years) or shorter placements whic...

Tom has a teaching and leadership background within primary schools. Tom studied Primary Education BA Hons at The University of Cumbria and taught across Key Stage 2 before moving into leadership as a SENDCo and Assistant Headteacher. Throughout his teaching journey, Tom was also a ...

Alanna joined the University of Suffolk in January 2023 as the Placement Consultant for the School of Social Science and Humanities. Alanna supports students through the Placement process, from searching and applying for Professional Placements (Sandwich years) or shorter placements...

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