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Placements and Internships

Who can do a placement or internship?

Undergraduates

All BSc and BA students can apply for a one year Professional Placement. This includes international students, who can usually extend their student visa to cover the extra year of a programme.

Postgraduates

All postgraduate students can  take on a paid placement or internship as a part of their Business Innovation Project (BIP). This includes international students.

Internship

Internships are a hands-on, individual introduction to your specialist field. Typically students work in a voluntary capacity on a project for an organization in a sector they are interested in.

  • 3 months (required 300 hours)
  • Full or part-time
  • UK or overseas

Placement

Spend between four to six months implementing a substantial commercial project. You’ll gain valuable experience and demonstrate your commercial capabilities working with either your sponsoring organization or a Salford partner.

  • UK or overseas
  • Maximum 6 months
  • Salary range: £14,320 - £25, 000 pro rata

Why do a placement or internship?

Salford graduates who have completed a one year placement have higher marks than average. Over the last 5 years 90% of Salford Business School undergraduate students who have undertaken a one year placement have secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.

Additionally, 86.67% of Salford Business School graduates who had completed a placement/internship or sandwich course were in employment. Also, 84% of Salford Business School graduates who had completed a placement/internship or sandwich course were in graduate level roles.

Furthermore, placement and internship experience will usually substantially help students to secure a graduate position when they finish at University. Some employers only recruit students with placement and internship experience.

When can students do their placement or internship?

For undergraduate BSc and BA students the placement takes place between their second and final years. Postgraduates will take on either a placement or internship during their last module, which is the Business Innovation Project.

What placements are there?

Students will be provided with opportunities related to their degree. We currently have placements/internships with multiple companies in Greater Manchester, such as Santander, and elsewhere in the UK. Students will also have opportunities to meet employers at our Placement Fair, as well as at local and regional employer presentations. Students will regularly receive updates on vacancies through the Salford Business School intranet and the University's Careers & Employability service. Additionally, Salford Business School has an Employability Hub that students can contact for assistance with placements and internships.

Paid placements and internships abroad

Working on a placement/internship abroad can be within student's reach. One of the great things about doing a placement/internship is that as long as it is relevant and approved by the School, students can go anywhere. Students have been on placements at home in Manchester and as far away as Australia. So if you have ever dreamed of working abroad, this is your chance!

Will an international student’s visa allow them to do an internship or placement?

If an international student completes an internship/placement as part of their curriculum, they would be able to work 20 hours+ per week. Students must work towards hand-in deadlines and always be aware of their visa deadlines.

Is a placement or internship guaranteed?

Although we cannot guarantee a placement or internship, we support students in the application process, however all placements are a contract of employment and thus the employer has the final say. Students apply for positions on a competitive basis or secure positions through their own efforts – for example, as a result of part-time work experience.

Do students get paid?

All undergraduate one year placement positions and postgraduate placements are paid. The average salary in 2011-12 was £14,500. Postgraduate internships tend to not be paid, however in some cases the employer does pay.

How are students assessed?

We have a thorough assessment process for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. For undergraduates, the placement mark counts towards their degree. For postgraduates, the placement or internship is assessed through their BIP, which also counts toward their degree.

This film was taken on placement day 24 January 2014. Undergraduate students return to the University, together with their employers, to give a presentation of  their experiences so far. It conveys the value and quality of the placement experience within a Salford Business School degree.

What support do we provide?

Students are provided extensive support in the application process. This includes regular workshops & events, as well as careers appointments which cover areas such as practice tests and interview sessions, personal guidance, and one-to-one CV review.

Salford Business School has an Employability Hub that offers services to all business students who require tailor-made assistance with finding live projects, internships, and placements during their student journey. The dedicated Employability Officers prepare undergraduates and postgraduates for the world of work by providing opportunities that will help students gain the skills that make them stand out from the crowd.

To contact the Employability Hub, email sbs-employability@salford.ac.uk or call 0161 295 4378